• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina


Cape Hatteras National Seashore Needs You!
A volunteer greets a visitor on the gallery deck of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

It's a unique experience to volunteer at the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse!

We need your time and your talents…as a volunteer. Interested in meeting people from all over the world? Want to learn about the history of lighthouses and life-saving stations? Do you like sharing what you know with an interested audience? Want to help the sea turtles? Would enjoy working in an office with an amazing view? Then you should become a National Park Service VIP (Volunteer-In-Parks) at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Below are just a few descriptions of our volunteer opportunities. If you don’t see something that interests you or have a project in mind, let us know. You can also learn about the basic requirements of volunteering or, for further information, call the listed contact person.


Seashore volunteer recruitment is done through www.volunteer.gov/gov. Please check www.volunteer.gov/gov to see volunteer positions that are currently available. Submit your voluteer application directly on www.volunteer.gov/gov.

The park is generally in need of volunteers in the following categories:

Visitor Education

  • Chris Cabral (252) 473-2111 x9621

  • Greet visitors and answer questions at one of the three park visitor centers.
  • Share stories of the seashore with visitors while walking the beaches and historic grounds.
  • Staff the base of the Bodie Island or Ocracoke Lighthouses, allowing visitors to look inside the historic icons.
  • Enjoy the view from the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse while telling visitors about the natural and cultural significance of site.

Campground Host

  • Oregon Inlet - Michael Colopy (252) 475-2111 x9407
  • Cape Point and Frisco - Terry Brown (252) 475-2111 x9615
  • Ocracoke - Shirley Helms (252) 473-2111 x9704

    Assist campers at one of our four campgrounds by being a campground host.


Volunteering at the National Park Service Outer Banks Group
At the National Park Service Outer Banks Group, 99 volunteers who donated 18,383 hours work side-by-side with National Park Service employees at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Community VIPs may work on weekdays, weekends, mornings, or afternoons with a minimum of four hours per week. Volunteers provided park housing or a trailer pad work a minimum of 32 hours per week for 6 weeks. The schedule and amount of time worked will be negotiated. Training for all duties is provided. Uniforms are provided for volunteers who work with the public. Volunteer to be a part of our staff, which serves over 3 million visitors each year!

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