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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.

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.

 


1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle
   

Pilot Mountain State Park is looking for responsible volunteer park hosts for our family campground. 




6254 Satterwhite Point Road, Henderson
   

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area is looking for campground hosts for 2020!

This volunteer position helps campers by answering questions, providing directions to local amenities, and informing campers of rules and hours of that specific campground.




2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington
   

Goose Creek State Park is looking for responsible volunteer park-hosts for our RV and cabin campground.




240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs
   

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is looking for campground hosts to serve for two months at one time.




240 Park Entrance Road, Seven Springs
   

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is looking for volunteer to operate and maintain the park's camp store.




339 Conference Center Drive, Browns Summit
   

This event has been canceled.

Date of Event:
Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
Iron Ore Belt Access - Trailhead parking Lot



522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain
   

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 16, 2020 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center, 522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain , North Carolina 28086



522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain
   

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

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Boulders Access Area, 108 VanDyke Road, Kings Mountain NC 28086



9872 N.C. 105 S., Suite 6, Banner Elk
   

Save the date!

More information to come.
 

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Profile Trail Parking Area, 4198 Hwy 105 S., Banner Elk, NC 28604



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. Please join us for this special volunteer workday. We will meet at the Boulders Access Area at 8:30 am for refreshments, fellowship and introduction of the trail crew leaders.

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 8:30am
Start Location:
Boulders Access Area, 108 VanDyke Road, Kings Mountain NC 28086