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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.

 

New River State Park is looking for responsible volunteer park-hosts for the Wagoner Access. The park access has 11 walk-in/canoe-in campsites, one group campsite, one picnic shelter, 2 picnic areas, a campground bathhouse, 2 miles of trails, 3 canoe access points and a small office with public bathrooms.

Date of Event:
Repeats every year on the 1 of January until Fri Nov 30 2018.
Monday, January 1, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:00am
Duration:
April - November
Age:
over 18
Number of Volunteers:
1-2 per month
Volunteer Contact:
Douglas Blatny, doug.blatny@ncparks.gov or 336.982.5817

TRAIL - Volunteers Needed !!!

Date of Event:
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 2:15pm to Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 2:15pm
Duration:
9am to 4pm on Scheduled Work Days. Custom Dates and Times on REQUEST !
Age:
Everyone
Number of Volunteers:
2-4 Every day
Volunteer Contact:
Patricia Riddle - 828.966.9099

Happy Earth Day! Join a Park Ranger to learn the importance of pollinators and how to attract them to your backyard. Learn the difference between a native, introduced, and invasive…

Date of Event:
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Start Location:
Pilot Creek Access

Get involved this Earth Day with Mount Mitchell State Park! What better way to celebrate Earth Day than helping to maintain a beautiful and unique enviornment? Join a ranger as you assist in cleaning up our scenic Commissary Trail. Volunteers will be provided saftey equipment, bags, beverages, and transportation. Dress appropriately for the weather and pack a lunch.

Date of Event:
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Park Office

Our prized volunteers help us with everything from our old farm fences, to culverts, to invasive species of plants, to leaf clean up and many others.  We ask our volunteers bring gloves and water.  Please come to our volunteer days in proper clothing to work.  Proper clothing includes closed toed shoes, long pants, and a tshirt you don’t mind getting dirty.

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Welcome 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, May 12, 2018 - 8:00am to 11:30am
Duration:
3.5 hours
Volunteer Contact:
anthony.borja@ncparks.gov

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, June 2, 2018 - 8:00am to 11:30am
Duration:
3.5 hours
Volunteer Contact:
anthony.borja@ncparks.gov

Come celebrate National Trails Day at South Mountains State Park.  We will be hosting a National Trails Day work day from 9:00-12:00.  We have a job for everyone no matter what your skill level is. Pre-registration is required for this event by May 29th.  Please call 828-433-4772 to register or for more information.
 
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Clear Creek Access, Branstrom Orchard Rd, Morganton, NC

In honor of National Trails Day, Grandfather Mountain State Park is holding a trail work day and needs your help. Please be at the Profile Trail head by 9:15am ready to begin work. The workday will consist of repairing areas of the trail tread, brushing in erosion concern areas, and similar work.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 9:30am to 1:30pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area (4198 Hwy 105 South)

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, September 22, 2018 - 8:00am to 11:30am
Duration:
3.5 hours
Volunteer Contact:
anthony.borja@ncparks.gov