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  • Can I submit one application for multiple job openings?
    You will need to complete a separate application for each individual job opening of interest.
  • Can you tell me more about benefits?
    See our employee benefits page for information.
  • How do I apply for an open job?
    To apply for an open job, please visit the job opportunities tab, select an open position, and click the green apply button.
  • What are some tips to help me complete my online application?
    Complete the application as thoroughly and accurately as possible. The initial phase of the selection process will be based on the application and materials furnished with the application. Our application form is the basis for candidate evaluation and interview selection and therefore needs to be complete and accurate. Incomplete applications may not be forwarded to the hiring supervisor for consideration.
  • Can I submit a resume instead of filling in all of my employment history?
    No. You can submit a resume to accompany your application, but you need to complete the job application thoroughly and accurately, including job history, to ensure your application is given full consideration. A personal resume may supplement the application, but it is not a substitute for completing the employment application in detail.
  • What happens after I submit my application?
    The Human Resources Department receives and refers applications to the department filling the job opening, at which time applications are screened to ensure candidates' qualifications meet the job requirements. The hiring department will contact selected applicants to discuss the vacancy further or to arrange in-person interviews. Due to the number of applications we receive, not all applicants are contacted for interviews.
  • How long does it take to fill a position?
    The period of time it takes to fill a position can be impacted by several factors – the number of applications received, the number of job openings within the hiring department, the workload of the hiring department, holidays, and the schedule of the hiring supervisor and department head, as well as other unexpected events. It can take a few weeks to a few months.
  • I do not see a job I am interested in on the website. Can I send you a resume and have you keep it on file so you can notify me when a position I'm suitable for opens up?
    No, unfortunately not. However you can sign up to receive an email alert when a new job is posted on our website. Click on the green "Notify Me" button.
  • Can I transfer my sick balance to McDowell County from another North Carolina county?
    Yes, if you have a sick balance remaining in another North Carolina county, please let us know. We will submit a transfer request on your behalf following your date of hire. Note: Transferred sick hours can not be used until your waiting period has ended.
  • How long do I have to wait for benefits?
    The benefit waiting period for McDowell County is currently 30 days. If you are transferring from another North Carolina County entity without a lapse in time worked, please provide proof and the 30-day wait will be waived.
  • Do I need to report a work place injury?
    Yes, a workers compensation claim should be filed immediately following the incident. More information and required forms can be found under the Current Employees tab.


Join McDowell County’s workforce to make a difference; together, we will strengthen and move our community forward. We offer a broad range of career paths and a blend of part-time and full-time opportunities.

Job Opportunities

To apply for a position with McDowell County, please complete the Standard Application or the State PD-107 Application if you are applying for a position with DSS. These applications can be completed online using the digital version or you can print and complete the print version and submit it by mail, email or in person. Use the appropriate continuation forms if you need to provide additional work history. ​

Standard Application (Digital Version) (Print Version)

Standard Continuation Sheet (Digital Version)

State PD-107 Application (Digital Version) (Print Version)

State PD-107 Continuation Sheet (Digital Version)

Child Protective Services (CPS) Unit

Social Worker

Community Social Services Technician

Economic Services Unit

Income Maintenance Caseworker I

Child Support Unit

Child Support Agent I

Processing Assistant IV

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Human Resources

Physical Address
25 W Fort Street,
Marion, NC 28752 

Mailing Address
60 E Court Street,
Marion, NC 28752

Phone: (828) 652-6306
Fax: (828) 659-3484
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