Raystown currently hosts a staff of 14 permanent-year round employees, 2 permanent-seasonal employees, and upwards of 18 temporary-seasonal (summer) employees. Positions include managers and supervisors, administrative assistants, maintenance laborers, electricians, plumbers, plant operators, dam tenders, park rangers, biologists and foresters.
Positions are very competitive and rewarding. As a result there is little turn-over for permanent and most seasonal positions. However, when positions become available they are announced online at www.usajobs.gov. Applicants are encouraged to become familiar with the website, check it often for announcements, and use the free tools provided like a resume builder, job search tools, application status tracking, and more!
Here are some Raystown specific tips when using usajobs:
- Raystown is identified by the location of Hesston, PA.
- In general, seasonal positions are announced annually around January/February.
- Details about each position is included in the announcement, but generally seasonal park rangers work from May through September and seasonal maintenance employees work from April through September.
- Enrolled college students can often apply through the “pathways” program for seasonal positions. For details about this program, see usajobs.
Volunteering at Raystown Lake
The US Army Corps of Engineers considers up to 5 volunteer agreements to reside in the Volunteer Village, free of charge, for the duration of the recreation season (May through September) in return for a minimum of 20 hours (individual) or 30 hours (couple) per week to include most weekends. Work duties might include maintenance, recreational activity support, interpretation/outreach, and office/clerical among other duties. Work would be accomplished project-wide, but with an emphasis in the Seven Points and Susquehannock areas. Interested? Stop by the Raystown Lake Visitor Center for more information to fill out an interest form. Recruitment is set to begin in early spring. Not local? That’s okay! We have volunteers that come from all over the United States. You can send your interest to Alicia Palmer, Park Ranger/Volunteer Coordinator, US Army Corps of Engineers, Raystown Lake, 6145 Seven Points Road, Hesston PA, 16652 —(814)658-6812. We look forward to hearing from you!
2018 Volunteer Event Dates
Sunday, April 29th 2018 Fish Structure Building Day at Snyder's Run Boat Launch
Saturday, May 5th 2018 Annual Friends of Raystown Lake Cleanup Day at Tatman Run Beach area
Saturday, September 22nd 2018 National Public Lands Day TBD
All events are in need of volunteer support-please contact (814)658-6812 if interested.