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Volunteers from Campbell University working at Raven Rock State Park

Volunteer

Connect, protect, and inspire

Our state parks offer a variety of volunteer positions—everything from working with park grounds and leading education workshops to hosting a campground. No matter how you volunteer, you will play an important role in the mission of the state park system by helping preserve and protect our natural resources while providing for their use and enjoyment by visitors.

Volunteer Guidelines (PDF)  Why Volunteer? (PDF)

Contact a park to discuss volunteer opportunities there, or check our current opportunities below.

Following is a list of our state park system's most popular volunteer positions. Position descriptions vary from park to park since each park has developed its own volunteer program to fit its own specific needs. Not all volunteer positions are listed, and there are many other ways to volunteer. If you have a specific idea for a volunteer position, or to find out what volunteer positions are available, contact the park where you want to volunteer.

Campground Host: Serve as “live-in” host at park campground. Register campers, provide information and explain rules and regulations. Perform light maintenance work around the campground such as picking up litter, cleaning and stocking toilet facilities, and selling firewood. This position requires working weekends, holidays and evening hours. Your campsite provided free of charge while you volunteer.

Grounds Worker: Mow grass and trim weeds.

Trails Crew Leader: Providing leadership, technical assistance and supervision to organized volunteer groups improving trails in the park.

Trails Maintenance Worker: Assist in the maintenance of park trails. Trim overgrowth; remove fallen trees and debris from trail paths; construct and maintain trail erosion controls; and maintain trail treadways, steps and bridges.

Park Attendant: Perform custodial grounds maintenance duties. Provide information to visitors at parking areas and other public use areas.

Maintenance Assistant: Make minor repairs to buildings, picnic tables and other park facilities.

Clerk/Typist: Schedule tours and nature programs. Compose and type letters to persons seeking general information about the park. Answer the telephone and provide information to the public about park facilities, rules and regulations.

Historic Site Guide: Conduct special programs and lead guided tours of historic facilities within the park.

Receptionist: Provide information to visitors about park activities, facilities and resources. Operate base station radio. Register campers.

Astronomy Interpreter: Interpret astronomy for night programs at the park. Identify and give interesting information about planets and constellations.

Bird Specialist: Work with groups by leading interpretive hikes and sharing your expertise in birding and bird habitats.

Assistant Volunteer Manager: Discuss park needs with interested volunteers, coordinate time schedules with volunteers and park personnel, and keep records of volunteer work. Maintain contact with volunteer staff and promote the volunteer program.

Natural Resource Interpreter: Conduct specialized programs, nature hikes and evening programs interpreting the natural resource to park visitors. Answer visitor questions.

 

Campground hosts are volunteers who make contact with campers by occasional patrols of the camping area, issuing camping permits, and by generally being available at the host campsite. 

Date of Event:
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 10:00am to Monday, December 31, 2018 - 10:00am
Duration:
Minimum stay: 1 month
Volunteer Contact:
Park Ranger Dr. Roy Austin, 252-586-6588 or Roy.Austin@ncparks.gov

Pilot Mountain State Park is looking for responsible volunteer park-hosts for our Family Campground. The park access has 49 walk-in/drive-to campsites and a two campground bathhouses, with miles of hiking trails accessible from the campground. 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 11:15am to Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 11:15am
Duration:
March 15 - November 30
Age:
Over 18
Number of Volunteers:
1-2 per month
Volunteer Contact:
Dylan Joyce, Email: dylan.joyce@ncparks.gov or call (336) 325-2355

Make your mark at the park in a positive way. Join park staff at Clear Creek Access to help build a new trail around the lake! Volunteers must contact the park office in advance by email or phone for planning purposes. Tools and equipment will be provided by park staff.

Date of Event:
Repeats every day 1 times.
Monday, September 24, 2018 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Clear Creek Access, South Mountains State Park (Branstrom Orchard Rd, Morganton, NC)

Make your mark at the park in a positive way. Join park staff at Clear Creek Access to help build a new trail around the lake! Volunteers must contact the park office in advance by email or phone for planning purposes. Tools and equipment will be provided by park staff.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Clear Creek Access, South Mountains State Park (Branstrom Orchard Rd, Morganton, NC)

Join a park ranger for a morning of trail work. We will meet at the visitor center and then drive to the work site. Please bring work gloves, bug spray and water. We will be building a short section of trail to reroute around a washed out set of steps.

Date of Event:
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Meet at Visitor's Center (8801 Glenwood Avenue)

In honor of National Public Lands Day.

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Welcome Center

Have you ever wanted to give back to your local park, but not sure what you can do? Join the Ranger Staff on September 29 to work on the Park Lake Trail. This trail is located below the Visitor Center and connects the boat beach to State Park Road. We will meet in the lower parking bay of the Visitor Center (759 State Park Road, Troutman), have a safety meeting and assign duties.

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Parking Lot

Volunteer to work at the park  to complete some basic maintenance on the bike trails.

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

We are seeking volunteers to help us maintain our hiking trails at Crowders Mountain State Park. Meet new people and work with experienced volunteers and park staff dedicated to maintaining the beautiful hiking trails at Crowders Mountain State Park. No experience is required. This is a great learning opportunity. We will train you on the job.

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 8:00am to 11:30am
Duration:
3.5 hours
Volunteer Contact:
anthony.borja@ncparks.gov

Join Chimney Rock State Park officials and the Carolina Climbers Coalition at Eagle Rock, the park's newest rock climbing, biking, and hiking destination. We hope to install signs for the park, clean up broken glass, and get rid of graffiti on the rock. After the work day is done, open climbing and bouldering will be open for that day.

Date of Event:
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Eagle Rock Trail Parking Lot