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Human Resources

Throughout our county, Buncombe County employees work everyday to achieve our mission.

Our Mission

  • We promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life.
  • We provide effective and efficient government our residents can trust.
  • We deliver needed service through a responsive work force committed to excellence, integrity, and teamwork.

To achieve this mission, Buncombe County Government realizes the importance of a diverse professional workforce and the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees, honoring and building on each employee's unique experiences, opinions, and perspective.

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Employment Opportunities

About Applying

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*Current Buncombe County Employees must apply through their Workday account.

Buncombe County wants to find the best qualified people available to serve its residents. Everyone who applies cannot be hired, but your application will be given every consideration.

Buncombe County Government realizes the importance of a diverse professional workforce and the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees, honoring and building on each employee's unique experiences, opinions, and perspective.

It is the policy of Buncombe County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless race, natural hair or hairstyles, ethnicity, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, marital or familial status, pregnancy, veteran status, religious belief or non-belief, age, or disability or any other legally protected class under federal or NC State law. EEO practices and employment decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, assignment, promotion and compensation shall not be based on any of these protected classes. In addition, the County expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment or discrimination.

Applicants for employment are invited to participate in the affirmative action program by reporting their status as a protected veteran or other minority. In extending this invitation, we advise you that: (a) workers (applicants) are under no obligation to respond but may do so in the future if they choose; (b) responses will remain confidential within the human resource department; and (c) responses will be used only for the necessary information to include in our affirmative action program. We are an organization that values diversity. We actively encourage women, minorities, veterans and disabled employees to apply. Refusal to provide this information will have no bearing on your application and will not subject you to any adverse treatment.

Applications are accepted for posted position vacancies only. Paper applications are not accepted.
A college transcript must accompany applications for Social Worker positions. Please attach a copy or have your college send one to:

Buncombe County Human Resources
200 College Street, Suite 403
Asheville, NC 28801


  • Resumes are not accepted in place of applications and will not be accepted via e-mail. A resume may accompany a completed application for a posted vacancy.
  • Drug screen consent & personal information release documents are required for employment.
  • To apply for more than one position, you must submit a separate application for each position.

Notice: Should you require special assistance to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources.

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Employee Benefits

Health Insurance

Buncombe County is committed to providing affordable quality health care coverage for our employees. With our PPO plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC (BCBSNC), you may receive care in-network and out-of-network. However, if you visit an out-of-network provider, you are responsible for more of the costs for services. Having a PPO plan gives you the security of knowing you can receive care no matter where you are.


Every full-time and part-time employee who works at least 1,000 hours per year becomes a member of the N.C. Local Governmental Employees’ Retirement System. An employees' share of the cost is currently 6% of their compensation, and is automatically deducted from their paycheck. After five years of creditable service in the N.C. LGERS, employees are vested for purposes of retirement benefits in accordance with the eligibility requirements established by the State Department of the Treasurer, Retirement Systems Division.

BE Well Wellness Program

Preventable illness makes up approximately 90% of all health care costs and more than that, preventable illness also accounts for eight of the nine leading categories of death. Our Wellness Point Program is designed to help you prevent illness and be more active and healthy. The program is for employees who are enrolled on our health insurance plan. Employees have the opportunity to participate twice a year and earn 16 hours of paid leave time per year.

Additional Wellness Offerings
  • Paid time allowed away from work for annual Mammograms and Prostate Specific Antigen Tests
  • Free, unlimited Physical Therapy
  • Incentivized Care Management for chronic conditions
  • Employee Assistance Network
Dental & Vision Hardware Insurance

Buncombe County offers two different dental plans through Delta Dental of NC so you can choose the level of coverage you and your family need. Vision Hardware Insurance is offered through Superior Vision and helps pay for eye exams, glasses and contacts.

Employee Health Clinic

The Buncombe County Employee & Family Health Clinic offers quick access to health care for County employees and their family members who are enrolled in one of our health insurance plans. The Employee Health Clinic offers health services at a low cost with little to no waiting time, no cost for generic drugs, and does not require employees to use their leave time when seen at the Clinic.

401(k) Retirement Savings Plan

The NC 401(k) Plan is a retirement savings plan available exclusively to North Carolina public employees who are actively contributing to one of the NC Retirement Systems. North Carolina state and local government employers offer this plan to help you reach your retirement savings goals. The plan allows employees to contribute by payroll deduction to an investment program which shall defer income taxes on both the employee’s investment and the income in the investment until a later date. Employees may select from a variety of investment plans. Buncombe County contributes an eight percent amount of the regular employee's salary to the plan. Additional employee participation is voluntary.

Short and Long Term Disability

Employees may elect to enroll in Short Term Disability. Benefits are payable when you become disabled and unable to work due to an accident, sickness or pregnancy. Long Term Disability is available through the NC Local Retirement System for employees with five or more years of service.

Life Insurance

Life insurance can be a safety net that catches a family when tragedy strikes. It can be the heart of a family’s financial security. No one likes thinking about it but if your family depends on you, then this is a subject you can’t avoid. Buncombe County currently provides, at no cost to employees, basic life insurance plus accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance. Also, employees may elect to enroll in supplemental life insurance coverage, spouse life insurance, accident, critical illness and whole life insurance.

457 Retirement Savings Plan

Through payroll deduction, employees may defer a portion of their salary on a regular basis through the 457 Plan. The program provides a tax shelter and investment opportunity. Taxes on the deferred amount and earnings are deferred until they are withdrawn, usually at retirement or when one leaves employment with the county. Deferred amounts may be invested in one fund or in a combination of funds to maximize the investment return.

Additional Benefits
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 13 Paid Holidays per year
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Eblen Employee Assistance Fund
  • Sick and Leave Accrual
  • Annual PTO
  • County discounts at local businesses


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Why Buncombe?

We value diversity.

Building strong diverse teams is at the heart of everything we do. We seek a diverse professional workforce and recognize the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees. We are at our best when we build on each employee's unique experiences, talents, and perspectives.

Join our team and make a difference.

The work we do matters. From working to expand our economic development, to inspecting restaurants and pools, to preventing a disease epidemic or caring for one of our most vulnerable residents, each of our employees has a role to play in building a strong, healthy, and vibrant community.

Buncombe County has an average of 1,600 employees who serve as sheriff deputies, nurses, social workers, librarians, emergency medical workers, park rangers, environmental health specialists, planners, tax assessors, administrators and more - all working to serve the residents of Buncombe County.

Employment Verification Requests

Current Employees

As a current employee you, or your loan processor, can get a free Verification of Employment report through Equifax's The Work Number (TWN).

  • Employer Name: Buncombe County Government
  • Employer Code: 22397
  • Upon initial login to TheWorkNumber (TWN), all users will need to use the Register Now! option. This will authenticate them as a user and allow them to create their own UserID and Password to use moving forward. This is a one-time process.

Former employees with termination dates prior to 2018

Please Contact the Buncombe County Human Resources Department

Former employees with termination dates from 2018 to the present

Please note that our organization has selected The Work Number® service from Equifax to help provide automated income and employment verifications for current or former employees. Please visit TheWorkNumber (TWN), or call The Work Number Client Service Center at 1-800-367-5690.

  • Employer Name: Buncombe County Government
  • Employer Code: 22397

How to Use The Work Number:

New to The Work Number?

In order to verify income and employment go to TheWorkNumber (TWN) to view many different verification services and sign up now.

Sign up as one of the following:

  • Verify for Your Organization – Verify someone's employment, income or work history
  • Government Program Verification - Determine someone's eligibility for government assistance
  • Already have access to The Work Number Database?
    Visit TheWorkNumber (TWN) and login to your account.

Locate & Contact

Human Resources Department


Human Resources
P: (828) 250-4166

Job Line
P: (828) 250-4183

Human Resources
200 College Street, First Floor
Asheville, NC 28801

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Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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