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Human Resources

The County selects employees on the basis of applicants’ qualifications and without regard to sex, race, marital status, color, religion, income status, political affiliation, disability or national origin.

Job openings are listed with the Employment Security Office, on this website, and also posted in the local paper. Applicants need to complete the Swain County Job Application (pdf). Completed applications with copies of certifications must be turned in to the Swain County Personnel Office by the Closing Date to be considered for employment.

Living and Working in Bryson City (pdf)

As of 5/4/2023 the following are positions that are open with Swain County.

Swain County’s Department of Social Services has an opening for an After Hours Social Worker:  The social worker will provide direct and indirect contact to children, adults, and families requiring protective services after regular business hours, weekends and holidays. Worker will take calls from dispatch, direct client contact, home visits, coordinating services, taking reports and initiating reports of child or adults in need of protection from neglect, abuse or dependency. Calls will be in reference to Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services and Permanency Planning. Knowledge and skills in these departments will be required, additional training will also be provided. An additional expectation and requirement of this job includes Disaster Duty as needed during an emergency.

This position requires a schedule of rotating seven days after-hour coverage and seven days off.  Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.  Up to $45,000 plus up to $1,500 bonus every six months.

Swain County’s Department of Social Services has an opening for an Income Maintenance Caseworker – Medicaid: The primary responsibility of this position is to determine/re-determine eligibility for Medicaid as an Income Maintenance worker. Employees must explain Medicaid programs and benefits options and refer clients to other programs and services that could meet there needs as appropriate. Work is performed and supervised with an Income Maintenance Supervisor. Training is provided.  The normal work schedule includes Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM.

An additional expectation and requirement of this job may include but not limited to Disaster relief Duty if needed.  Up to $32,903 salary and a bonus up to $1,500 every six months.

Swain County’s Department of Social Services has an opening for a Social Worker Trainee:  The primary purpose of this position is to learn, train, and gain qualifying experience in the local government operations of the North Carolina Child Welfare system to become fully qualified for appointment to a permanent position as a Social Worker. Performs related duties as required.

This social worker will also perform backup coverage (a couple days a month) for On-Call duties during after- hours and weekends when the agency is closed. An additional expectation and requirement of this job includes Disaster Duty and overtime work (before 8:30am and after 5:00pm) as needed to meet the needs of the families and Agency.

Graduation from an accredited four-year degree granting college or university required.    Starting pay $43,000 plus up to $1,500 bonus every six months.

Swain County has openings for Lifeguards. This is temporary summer work. Must be 18 or older, flexible with hours and able to work week-ends. Will also have to complete lifeguard certification class. This class will be offered in May at the Recreation Department. Applications can be picked up and returned to the Swain County Administration Building or the Recreation Department. For questions call Jim Brown at 828-488-6159.

Swain County has an opening for a Paramedic with EMS. Full time position with benefits. Must possess a North Carolina Paramedic Certificate.  Under general supervision, performs emergency response work involving providing emergency medical care to victims of trauma, medical, and other emergencies in an unsupervised, pre-hospital environment. Work also involves responding to emergency medical calls, performing extrication and life rescue, and providing advanced life support to sick/injured persons. Work also involves preparing patient charts, completing records, and providing education to the public.

Swain County is accepting applications for a 911 Dispatcher. Click on Video Link to see more information:

Work involves receiving all incoming calls on emergency 911 lines and dispatching applicable personnel. This will involve dispatching units or representatives from fire departments, rescue squads, police departments, the Sheriff’s Department, Highway Patrol, wildlife services, animal control, etc. Must be able to work different shifts. Must be 18 years of age or older. This position will be full time with benefits, starting at $28,804 with an increase in six months and chance for advancement. 

Swain County has a job opening for a full time Custodian. Work involves cleaning and maintenance of county buildings. This is a full time position with benefits. 

Swain County Sheriff’s Department has openings for Detention Officers. For positions with the Sheriff’s Office, please contact them directly at (828) 488-0159.

Swain County Health Department has an opening for a Public Health Nurse.  Please call for information. Phone: 828-488-9273 ext 2241.

Swain County Health Department as a position open for an LPNThis position will help to coordinate public health programs, work clinics and assist with general nurse staff duties under the direction of an RN.

Applicants may pick up an application at the Swain County Administration Building or print one from the county website.   ( or the state PD 107 ( can be downloaded from one the websites. The completed applications along with a copy of your driver’s license (if required for specific job) can be emailed to, faxed to 828-488-2754, or mailed to Swain County, Attn: Human Resources, 50 Main Street Suite 300, Bryson City, NC 28713. Positions are open until filled.         Swain County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Complete Job Descriptions can be requested from the Human Resource Department or picked up at the Swain County Administration Office. Please drop-off applications on 3rd Floor.

Submit one application below:

Swain County Job Application


State of North Carolina Job Application, PD-107 

Completed applications can be mailed to: Swain County, Attn: Human Resources, P. O. Box 2321, Bryson City, NC 28713     


faxed to: 828-488-2754 Attn: Human Resources

OR  Email:   

OR  dropped off at the Administration Building located at:  
50 Main St.,
Bryson City, NC.        

Swain County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Medical Insurance – Swain County offers employees a choice of High Deductible or PPO plans

Dental Insurance – Dental insurance is available to all full time employees and family members.

Life Insurance – Full-Time employees are covered with $10,000 of Life Insurance and dependents with $5,000 at no cost to employees. Additional term life insurance is available if the employee elects coverage.

Retirement – Membership with the North Carolina Local Governmental System is administered by the state. Participation is required. Employees contribute 6% of gross and the County matches an amount set by the state each year.

Health Insurance for Retirees – Employees who meet requirements can remain on the County Health Insurance after retirement until they reach age 65.

Supplemental Insurance Options – Available through Colonial and Aflac insurance

Homeowners and Automobile Insurance – Policies are offered through Liberty Mutual. By being in this program employees receive discounts that otherwise they would not.

Flexible Benefits Plan – Eligible Child Care Expenses and Non-Reimbursed Medical Expenses can be taken out of your check pretax, which reduces your end of year taxable income.

Computer Program – Employees with Swain County can buy a computer up to $2,000 with an interest free loan.

PrePaid Legal Services – Employees may enroll to receive PrePaid Legal Services if they wish.

Employee Assistance Program –   A program providing counseling and referral assistance in dealing with personal problems ranging from drug or alcohol dependency, to marital or financial problems, to work-related stress. Services are available, at no cost, to eligible employees and their family members 24 hours a day.

Deferred Compensation Plans – Swain County offers 457 or 401(k) retirement plans.

Credit Union – Employees may become members of the State Employees’ Credit Union which offers a full range of savings/loan options.

Longevity Pay – Employees with three or more years of eligible service will receive an annual payment in a lump sum based on years of service and percentages.

National College Savings Plan – 529 Plan

Property Tax Payroll Deducted – Employees can set up payroll deductions for property tax

Swain County Also Offers:

  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Jury Duty Pay
  • Military Leave

Administration Building

50 Main Street, 3rd Floor   
Mailing Address:   PO Box 2321
Bryson City, NC 28713


Lottie Barker  –  HR Director
Phone: 828-488-9273 ext 2241
Fax: 828-488-2754

Office Hours:   –   8:00 am – 5:00 pm   –   Monday – Friday

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