Summer Work Crew Information

Due to Covid-19, the status of the 2021 Bass Lake Summer Work Crew program is being evaluated. For those interested in the program, information about the application process is below. Updates regarding the status of the program will be posted as information becomes available. 


  • Participants get involved in their community
  • Obtain valuable paid work experience
  • Gain new skills and knowledge
  • Each year 24 people are selected to participate in one of the two month long sessions
  • Program is administered and operated by Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, NC


  • If a son, daughter or grandchild of a Town of Holly Springs Parks and Recreation employee is selected for this program, they may participate, but will not be paid.

Job Description

  • Learn hands on skills while participating in general park maintenance and selected park projects
  • Opportunities for team-building and leadership development
  • Community service projects with local businesses and non-profits
  • Work hours are typically 8 a.m. – 3 p. m. Monday – Friday
  • Pay is $4.25/hour (youth minimum wage) with direct deposit every two weeks. The participant must have a checking or savings account in their name.

Job Requirements

  • Must be between the ages of 14 and 16 by session start date
  • Have the ability to work outside for up to an 8-hour day, lift up to 40 lbs, work with others, and follow instructions
  • Must arrange own transportation to and from Bass Lake Park each day
  • Must be able to commit to entire four-week session. Time off for vacation, other extracurricular activities, etc. is not permitted.


To Apply, Please Submit:

  • A completed Town of Holly Springs Summer Work Crew Employment Application
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a local reference. Teachers, counselors, instructors, past or current employers are all examples of acceptable references. Letters from family members will not be accepted
  • An essay of no less than 1000 words explaining reasons for wanting to participate in this program, as well as your personal short and long term life goals. Essay should be printed with 1” margins, double spaced and in 12 pt Times New Roman font. Please do not exceed 2000 words
  • Write the following statement at the bottom of your essay and sign your name:

“The above essay is my own original work and was written honestly without the assistance or influence of others.”


Application, essay and letters of recommendation must all be submitted together by mail: 

Town of Holly Springs
c/o Bass Lake Park
P.O. BOX 8
Holly Springs, NC 27540

*Letters of recommendation must be included in package. No letters faxed or mailed separately will be accepted

Information Packets:

  • Visit the Town of Holly Springs website under Bass Lake Park and print off information packet
  • Follow all directions carefully
  • Incomplete application packets will not be accepted
  • Submit application (Dates are to be determined)
  • Application packets must be postmarked by date to be determined 
  • There are no exceptions for incomplete or late applications


  • Session 1: Monday, June 14, 2021 through Friday, July 9, 2021 (No work on July 5, town holiday)
  • Session 2: Monday, July 12, 2021 through Friday, August 6, 2021


  • You will be expected to work the entire 4-week session
  • There are no exceptions for vacations, school activities, dentist appointments, doctor appointments, etc. 
  •  If you are unable to fulfill your work commitment, you will be replaced with the next eligible candidate  
  • There is a maximum of 12 participants in each session  
  • July 5 is a Town holiday and Summer Work Crew participants will not work that day


  • 14 – 16 years old only
  • Applicant must be 14 by the start of the program
  • Must not be 17 by the start of the program

Hours of Work:

  • 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday


  • $4.25/hour (youth minimum wage)
  • Work experience to list on your next job application or resume
  • Pay periods are every two (2) weeks
  • You will be paid by direct deposit into a checking or savings account
  • You are responsible for your own time sheet

Work Involved:

  • Building trails
  • Mulching
  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Clearing brush
  • Re-establishment of riparian buffers and wetlands
  • Lots of other outside work
  • All work is done outside
  • Power tools will not be used by participants


  • Each participant needs to bring their own lunch
  • You will receive 30 minutes in which to each and/or rest


  • Breaks will be taken as needed during the heat
  • Drinking water will always be available


  • To be determined 

 Other Information:

 You should bring work gloves, a hat, a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellent, lunch, closed toe shoes (sandals or open shoes are not allowed) or any other items you may need

  • Please arrive a little early so that you are ready to begin work at 8 a.m.; tardiness may result in dismissal

Important Dates:

  • Application dates are to be determined

For more specific information or questions, please contact Carolyn Couch, Bass Lake Park Manager at (919) 557-2496 or