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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.

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.

 


280 State Park Road, Apex
   

Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area holds invasive plant species workdays with State Parks biologists.

Our next workday will be May 21, 2022, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Date of Event:
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 9:30am
Start Location:
Lower Haw River State Natural Area



759 State Park Road, Troutman
   

What to give park to your park? Join us for one of our Summer Volunteer Workdays! Workdays will be held every last tuesday of the month throughout the summer with the exception of May 24th to accomadate for the holiday weekend. We will be working on various projects to help keep Lake Norman State Park beautiful and clean.

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on June, July, August on the last Tuesday until Tue Aug 30 2022.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor's Center



522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain
   

National Trails Day has become a tradition at Crowders Mountain State Park. Please join us for this specail volunteer workday. We will meet at the Boulders Access at 8:30 am for refreshments, fellowship, safety meeting and introduction of the trail crew leaders. Following the meeting the trail leaders will divide the volunteers into crews and work on trail maintenance projects until 12:00 pm.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
108 VanDyke Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086



743 Chimney Rock Park Road, Chimney Rock
   

Come out and help a park ranger to improve our newest hiking trail within Chrimney Rock State Park, at Eagle Rock Access.

Join staff as we manage erosion, repair tread, and add switchbacks along steeped sections of trail. Celebrate National Trails Day by learning about trail engineering, design, and more!

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Eagle Rock Access: 1911 Shumont Road Black Mountain, NC 28711



3001 South Mountain Park Ave., Connelly Springs
   

Come celebrate National Trails Day at South Mountains State Park and give back by completing trail work to improve your State Park.

Meet at the Hidden Cove Trailhead parking area at 9am.

Bring water and snacks. Gloves and tools will be provided.

All participants will be entered in the raffle drawing at noon.

Call the Park Office at 828-433-4772 to sign up.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Jacob Fork Parking Lot



280 State Park Road, Apex
   

Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area holds invasive plant species workdays with State Parks biologists.

Our next workday will be June 18, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Lower Haw River State Natural Area



759 State Park Road, Troutman
   

What to give park to your park? Join us for one of our Summer Volunteer Workdays! Workdays will be held every last tuesday of the month throughout the summer with the exception of May 24th to accomadate for the holiday weekend. We will be working on various projects to help keep Lake Norman State Park beautiful and clean.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor's Center



759 State Park Road, Troutman
   

What to give park to your park? Join us for one of our Summer Volunteer Workdays! Workdays will be held every last tuesday of the month throughout the summer with the exception of May 24th to accomadate for the holiday weekend. We will be working on various projects to help keep Lake Norman State Park beautiful and clean.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor's Center



759 State Park Road, Troutman
   

What to give park to your park? Join us for one of our Summer Volunteer Workdays! Workdays will be held every last tuesday of the month throughout the summer with the exception of May 24th to accomadate for the holiday weekend. We will be working on various projects to help keep Lake Norman State Park beautiful and clean.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor's Center



522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain
   

Volunteer at Crowders Mountain State Park and participate in the largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the nation. We will meet at the Boulders Access at 8:30 am for refreshments, fellowship, safety meeting and introduction of the trail crew leaders.

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
108 VanDyke Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086