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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

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

Come get outdoors, learn new skills, and make new friends while helping us improve NC parks! 

Every Thursday in August, we will have a volunteer work day to perform necessary maintenance and improvements around the park.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Thursday until Fri Aug 31 2018.
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

The mountain needs your help!

Recent heavy rains took a toll on many of the trails at Grandfather Mountain State Park. In order to improve trail conditions for visitors, and prevent further erosion and damage to the delicate ecosystems we protect, we are having a Volunteer Trail Work Day. There is a lot of work to do, so grab your hiking boots and a buddy and come on down!

Date of Event:
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH

This annual special event was created in memory of the late U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Campbell, a former lifeguard and enthusiast of the park.  Park staff is inviting the community to come out to the park and honor the life of Chris by volunteering their time at a place he loved.

CONTACT THE PARK OFFICE TO REGISTER: 910-326-4881.
 

Date of Event:
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Join a Park Ranger for a morning of trail work.  We will be constructing a short section of new trail to reroute around a set of deteriorating steps. Wear appropriate clothing and bring plenty of water.  All tools will be provided.  This will be fairly strenuous work as there will be a lot of digging involved.

Date of Event:
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center (Located off Highway 70/Glenwood Ave, Raleigh)

Come get outdoors, learn new skills, and make new friends while helping us improve NC parks! 

Every Thursday in August, we will have a volunteer work day to perform necessary maintenance and improvements around the park.

Date of Event:
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Come get outdoors, learn new skills, and make new friends while helping us improve NC parks! 

Every Thursday in August, we will have a volunteer work day to perform necessary maintenance and improvements around the park.

Date of Event:
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

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:
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 8:30am
Duration:
8:30AM-2PM, Multiple Days Sept. 13, 24, 25
Age:
Over 16, under 18 must be accompanied by adult or have volunteer parental approval on file at park office
Number of Volunteers:
5-20
Volunteer Contact:
Ranger LeighAnn Angle leigh.angle@ncparks.gov or Ranger Mark Sain mark.sain@ncparks.gov