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. Due to on-going gathering restrictions, Bass Lake staff is not able to open the applications for Summer Work Crew at this time. A determination on program status will be updated on April 1. Updates regarding the status of the program will be posted as information becomes available. 

Age Requirements:

  • This program is for ages 14-16 only
  • Applicant must be 14 by the start of the program.
  • Must not be 17 by the start of the program.

Job Requirements:

  • Applicant must meet age requirements
  • 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 an entire four-week session. Time off for vacation, other extracurricular activities, etc. is not permitted.

To Apply, Please Submit:

  • Completed Town of Holly Springs Summer Work Crew Employment Application
  • Two letters of recommendation from local references. 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 1,000 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 2,000 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 to: 

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.


  • The Summer Work Crew application will be posted on this webpage.
  • Once posted, print the application packet.
  • Follow all directions carefully.
  • Submit application by dates to be determined.
  • Application packets must be postmarked by date to be determined.
  • Incomplete application packets will not be accepted.
  • There are no exceptions for incomplete or late applications.


  • 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.
  • Each session has a maximum of 12 participants. 
  • July 5 is a Town holiday and Summer Work Crew participants will not work that day.

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 weeks.
  • You will be paid by direct deposit into a checking or savings account. The participant must have a checking or savings account in their name.
  • You are responsible for your own timesheet.
  • If a child or grandchild of a Town of Holly Springs Parks & Recreation employee is selected for this program, they may participate but will not be paid.

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 to eat 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) and 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