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Human Resources

The Administration Offices will be closed May 17th, 2022 due to primary voting day.

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 3/10/2022 the following are positions that are open with Swain County.

Swain County has openings at the Rec. Dept. for Lifeguards for the 2022 summer season. Please call for more information. Phone: 828-488-0265.

Swain County Department of Social Services has an opening for an Income Maintenance Caseworker. Work involves determining and/or re-determining applicants’ eligibility for various programs. Starting salary is between $26,912 with an increase in six months. An Associate Degree in a Human Services Field preferred; or graduation from High School and three years of paraprofessional clerical or other public contact which includes interviewing, gathering and compiling data, negotiating and the performance of mathematical or legal tasks. The county application (www.swaincountync,gov) or the state PD 107 ( can be downloaded from one the websites. The completed applications 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. Position is open until filled. Swain County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

There is an opening for a Permanency Planning (Foster Care) and In Home 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 an employee you would be on-call rotation for after hours, weekends and holiday coverage. Applicants should be within a reasonable response time to the office.   Bachelor’s Degree required.

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 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. Applications can be picked up at the Swain County Administration Building, Employment Security or printed from the Swain County website Starting salary is $18,763 with an increase in six months. Completed applications with a copy of driver’s license must be turned in at the Administration Building, faxed to 828-488-2754, or emailed to This position is open until filled. Swain County is an equal opportunity employer.

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.  Plase call for information. Phone: 828-488-9273 ext 2241.

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 80/20 or 90/10 medical 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 ten 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
  • Paid Petty 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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