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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.

 

Pilot Mountain State Park is looking for responsible volunteer park-hosts for our Family Campground. The park access has 42 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

New River State Park is looking for responsible volunteer park-hosts for the Wagoner Access. The park access has 15 walk-in/canoe-in campsites, one group campsite, one picnic shelter, 2 picnic areas, a campground bathhouse, 5 miles of trails, 3 canoe access points and a small office with public bathrooms.

Date of Event:
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 3:30pm to Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 3:30pm
Duration:
Minimum 2 weeks; Max. 1 month
Volunteer Contact:
Doug Blatny (doug.blatny@ncparks.gov) or call 336-982-2587

Medoc Mountain State Park in Hollister North Carolina is seeking a Campground Host to assist park staff in overseeing and maintaining the family (34) sites and group (4) sites campgrounds. The Campground Host maintains a presence in the campground and keeps park staff informed of any issues that arise.

Date of Event:
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 9:30am to Friday, May 3, 2019 - 3:30pm
Duration:
30-days
Age:
18 and over

Celebrate Earth Day by getting your hands dirty and volunteering with us!

Date of Event:
Monday, April 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Pilot Creek Access

Carvers Creek State Park offers a wide variety of opportunities when you come to our Volunteer Days. Our prized volunteers help us with everything from our old farm   fences, to culverts, to invasive species of plants, to leaf clean-up, trail creation, and many others.. Please be prepared for the weather and bring bottled water and gloves with you.

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Sandhills Access Parking Lot- 992 McCloskey Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28311

Come out and celebrate Earth Day at Mayo River State Park!  On Saturday April 27, from 10 am to 3 pm, Mayo River State park staff and volunteers from the Good Stewards of Rockingham County will provide two different opportunities concurrently to celebrate, either afloat or afoot!  The afloat opportunity is a chance to perform service for the community by taking part in a clean-up of the Mayo Ri

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Park Office

Volunteers are need to assist withe annual Spring Medoc Trail Races which take place on Saturday, May 4th. 

Date of Event:
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 7:00am to 12:00pm
Duration:
miniumim of two hours
Age:
Over 18
Number of Volunteers:
10
Volunteer Contact:
Roy Austin

Appropriate for ages 16 and up; participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No pets please.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604

Come out and join our park Naturalist on a trail preservation project to help keep Gorges looking Gorgeous. Be prepared for slight hiking so bring appropriate shoes and bring water.

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10:15am to 12:15pm
Start Location:
Rainbow Falls Trailhead