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Our state parks offer a variety of volunteer positons—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.

 

Gorges State Park offers a wide variety of opportunities when you come to our Volunteer Days!  Volunteer Days are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, starting at 9am.  Gorges has several ongoing projects, with no experience required!   
The park will provide all the tools and safety equipment! 

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on the fourth Tuesday until Sun Dec 31 2017.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 9:00am
Duration:
9am - 4pm

Gorges State Park offers a wide variety of opportunities when you come to our Volunteer Days!  Volunteer Days are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, starting at 9am.  Gorges has several ongoing projects, with no experience required!   
The park will provide all the tools and safety equipment! 

Date of Event:
Repeats every month on the second Tuesday until Sun Dec 31 2017.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 9:00am
Duration:
9am - 4pm

Gorges State Park offers a wide variety of opportunities when you come to our Volunteer Days!  Volunteer Days are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, starting at 9am.  Gorges has several ongoing projects, with no experience required!   
The park will provide all the tools and safety equipment! 

Date of Event:
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 9:00am
Duration:
9am - 4pm

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

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:
Visitor Center