Work for NOC in the Smoky Mountains

Employee Benefits & Perks

The NOC is located in the beautiful Nantahala Gorge and surrounded by endless miles of hiking trails and some of the best whitewater the southeast offers. If that is not enough to peak your interest, the NOC also has an impressive list of employee perks and benefits.


• Visit any of our three store locations to receive your employee discount on the latest gear and outdoor brands.

• Join us for the bi-annual Staff Appreciation Sale to receive a deeper discount in our stores (details and dates are sent out prior to this sale).

• 3point5 access (an online platform that rewards you with steep discounts for learning about brands and products).


• Employees receive incredible discounts to take part in the adventures we offer. Sign up for a rafting trip at any of our river locations, zip above the tree line, or head out on Lake Fontana in a kayak or paddleboard at a highly discounted employee rate.

• Are you a creek boater looking to give play-boating a whirl or vice versa? Are you interested in learning how to go fast in the latest long boat? The NOC offers Free Boat Demos to staff on the Nantahala River to experienced kayaks (Monday-Thursday).

• Receive discounts or free admission to many regional attractions with the Southern Highlands Association Card , Dollywood and Cataloochee Ski Resort.


• Work at the NOC and stay in our employee housing. Employee housing is a great way to get to know your co-workers and build lasting memories and friendships.


• Employees receive 20% off at River’s End Restaurant, Big Wesser BBQ and Grill and the Wesser General Store (some exclusions apply).

• We also offer a staff meal plan between Memorial Day and Labor Day.


• Want to learn how to kayak? We make it easy by offering our employees the opportunity to hop into our Paddling School Courses as availability permits.

• Prefer one-on- one instruction? Employees receive 20% off Private Instruction.

• Been itching to get your Wilderness First Responder Certification to build some outdoor cred? No problem. We offer a wide range of wilderness medicine courses that employees can take advantage of at a 35% discount.


• Vacation days for Full Time and Part Time employees.

• Further benefits are available to Full Time employees, and we invite you to request further information on such benefits during your interview.

• While our Variable employees are not eligible to receive vacation days they can qualify for our end of year incentive bonus which rewards seasonal employees for fulfilling their agreed upon time commitment and for returning for multiple seasons.

NOC’s Core Values:
Lead by Example • Service Before Self • Do the Right Thing
Work Hard/Play Hard • Make it Happen