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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 8/9/2022 the following are positions that are open with Swain County.

Swain County has an opening for a Tax Assessor. Work will involve overseeing the tax assessment department. This position will be appointed by the Board of Commissioners and supervisor the other employees in the department. This employee will plan, organize and direct the valuation of property, assessment of taxes, and administration of land records system. They will also oversee the staff responsible for appraising property, listing taxes, maintaining property files, as well as other assigned duties. Any person interested in the position should have completed or be willing to complete courses required by the Department of Revenue within 24 months of hire. Employee will have contact with the public in person and by phone. Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree. 

Swain County has an opening for a CPS Investigation/Assessment Social Worker.  The social worker will provide direct and indirect casework to children and families requiring protective services. Cases in these areas require an immediate response to a crisis situation for the client. Consequently, the social worker must be able to analyze the situation and determine an appropriate course of action in a short time span. There are, additionally, legally mandated time spans in which action must be taken in protective services investigation cases. Responsible for making prompt and thorough investigations when a report of abuse, neglect, or dependency is received by the department. They will ascertain the facts of the case, the extent of the abuse or neglect, and the risk of harm to juvenile/adult, in order to determine whether protective services should be provided or the complaint filed as a petition.  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.  Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.  Up to $50,000 salary, on call pay, and a bonus up to $1,500 every six months.

Swain County has an opening for a CPS In-Home Social Worker.  The primary duties of this position include the provision of CPS In-Home Services where the worker and families determine the strategies to be used to change the conditions and behaviors that resulted in child abuse and neglect; to work with the children/family and their support systems to reduce or eliminate the risk of maltreatment.  The social worker will use critical thinking in complex situations to assess on-going safety and risk factors while services are being provided to children in the home of their parents. The social worker will use their social work skills and knowledge to determine when to seek removal of custody through the juvenile court when the child cannot be maintained safely in the home of the parent or caretaker.  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.  Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.  Up to $50,000 salary, on call pay, and a bonus up to $1,500 every six months.  

Swain County has an opening for a Permanency Planning Social Worker.  This position provides services to children and families when children must be separated from their parents or caretakers when they are unable or unwilling to provide adequate protection and care and the child enters the legal custody and placement responsibility of social services. The social worker will provide support and comprehensive family-centered, solution focused assessments and interventions that will support a parent’s capacity to protect and nurture their children. They will work cohesively with birth and resource families, children, guardian ad litems, court partners, community and in-agency partners, and other child welfare entities to support and strengthen families. Social worker will strive for excellence in meeting all mandated standards in a fast-paced and mandated, but rewarding environment that ultimately seeks to assure child safety and develop and reinforce protective family units.  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.  Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.  Up to $50,000 salary, on call pay, and a bonus up to $1,500 every six months.

Swain County has an opening for a Adult Protective Services Social Worker.  This position will provide social work services in the areas of adult protective services, guardianship and representative payee trust management.  Applicants must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with adults on their caseloads and families, as well as civic, legal, medical, social and religious organizations. Considerable knowledge of social work principles, techniques, and practices and their application to specific casework, group work and community problems.  Responsibilities will include knowledge of protective services for children as employee would 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.  Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.  Up to $50,000 salary, on call pay, and a bonus up to $1,500 every six months.

Swain County has an opening for a 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 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. 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 and a Nutritionist for the WIC program.  Please call for information. Phone: 828-488-9273 ext 2241.

Swain County Health Department has an opening for a CMA.  Under the direction/supervision of an RN; the position will work clinic, chart in EHR, take vital signs and patient history, lab draws, give injections, administer drug screens; will also inventory, order and stock medical supplies; assist with the cleaning of clinic rooms and lab room including cleaning/sterilization of equipment, and will assist with other general nurse staff duties.

Swain County Health Department has a position available for a Paramedic.  Under the direction/supervision of an RN; the position will work clinic, chart in EHR, take vital signs and patient history, lab draws, give injections, administer drug screens; will also inventory, order and stock medical supplies; assist with the cleaning of clinic rooms and lab room including cleaning/sterilization of equipment, and will assist with other general nurse staff duties.

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.   (www.swaincountync.gov) or the state PD 107 (www.oshr.nc.gov/jobs/pd107ltr.pdf) 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 lottie.barker@swaincountync.gov, 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

OR

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     

OR    

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

OR  Email: lottie.barker@swaincountync.gov   

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

Contact

Lottie Barker  –  HR Director
Phone: 828-488-9273 ext 2241
Fax: 828-488-2754
Email: HumanResources@swaincountync.gov  

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

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