Employment Opportunities & Benefits

Current Openings:

Thank you for your interest in working for the Town of Lake Lure.  We have the following employment vacancies:

Town Clerk - Accepting Applications through Dec. 22nd, 2017

Minimum requirements of the position are graduation from high school or GED equivalency; an Associate’s Degree is preferred. Position requires considerable knowledge of the NC General Statutes regarding public records and open meetings law and specific responsibilities of the Town Clerk.
Three to five years administrative experience in a municipal or county government clerk’s office is preferred.  Current designation as a Certified Municipal Clerk by the School of Government or ability to obtain certification within one year of employment is required.  Must have ability to obtain Notary Public Certification.
Membership in the NC Association of Municipal Clerk’s (NCAMC) and other professional associations is desired.  Pre-employment background check and drug screen is required.  Beginning salary is $42,422 with 5 percent pay increase after six months completion of satisfactory probationary period.  

Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, Dec. 22nd, 2017 by 5 p.m.   Download and print the Town of Lake Lure Employment Application.

Full-time Firefighter - Accepting Applications until filled:

This is a 24/48 hour shift rotation.  Desired applicants should be NC Certified Firefighters and NC Intermediate/AEMT, although candidates nearing completion of either are encouraged to apply. Hazardous Materials Operations Level Certification, Incident Command Level 700, 800, 100, and 200 Certification, NC Wild-land Fire Suppression, and valid NC Class B Driver’s License are also needed.  Candidates should have at least three years of experience in a progressive fire department, rescue training and experience in medical response.
Candidates not already possessing these certifications will be required to obtain NC Advanced EMT within one year and NC Technical Rescuer, Swift Water Rescue Technician and Ropes Technician within two years from date of hire.  Candidates must provide medical clearance from physician, complete a physical agility course and written firefighter exam.  Preference will be given to applicants who live within 30 miles of Lake Lure City Limits.
The pay rate is commensurate with experience and the Town’s pay classification plan:  $31,656 hiring rate with 5 percent increase after six month’s satisfactory probationary period.  Benefits include: NC Local Government Retirement, NC 401K, NC State Health Plan with retiree coverage, Dental and Vision Plan and life insurance.
This position is open until filled.   Download and print the Town of Lake Lure Employment Application.

For questions or additional information contact the Lake Lure Fire Chief, Ron Morgan at 828-625-9333.    


General Overview of benefits for Full-time employees:


The Town provides a defined benefit pension plan which is mandatory and a traditional 401K deferred savings plan which is mandatory for law enforcement officers but optional for general employees.  The Town is also required by NC General Statutes to pay each officer, upon retirement, a separation allowance if the officer meets qualifying conditions set forth in the General Statutes.


The Town participates in the Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System through the State of North Carolina.  Employees working a regular position averaging 1,000 or more work hours per year must be enrolled and contributing a percentage of their salary.  The Town makes a contribution for all general employees and law enforcement officers in addition to the employee's contribution. The Town also contributes a percentage of employees' salaries into the state retirement system for retiree health coverage.


The plan is administered through Prudential Retirement.  The Town must contribute at least 5 percent of each law enforcement officer's compensation.  The Town makes a matching contribution of up to 5 percent for general employees including firefighters.

Separation Allowance

The Town is required by General Statutes to pay each officer upon retirement a special separation allowance equal to 0.85 percent of the annual equivalent to the officer's last base rate of pay, multiplied by the officer's number of years of creditable service, if the officer meets certain qualifying conditions set forth in the General Statutes.

Worker's Compensation:

The Town is required either to purchase third-party worker's compensation insurance or to self-fund a program to provide for medical coverage, rehabilitation expenses, and loss of income for employees who have suffered on the job injuries or illnesses.  By statute the worker's compensation benefit is 66.66 percent of the injured worker's average weekly wage.  The benefit is tax-free and therefore approximates and employee's take-home pay.

Unemployment Benefits:

The NC Employment Security Act requires NC local government employers to participate in its employer-financed program to provide partial-income replacement benefits to employees who have lost their jobs.  The Town, unlike private employers, is not subject to the payroll tax that funds unemployment benefits unless they choose to participate in the program on an experience-rated basis.  The Town participates on a so-called reimbursement basis under which pays the ESC for the amounts that the ESC has expended in providing unemployment benefits to former employees.