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Park Recruits Roadside Assistance Volunteers in North Carolina

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Date: May 7, 2014
Contact: Carmen Barnard, (828) 497-1940

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking volunteers to assist rangers in providing roadside assistance, managing traffic, and providing visitor information on park roadways in North Carolina.

The Roadside Assistant Program, supported annually by Friends of the Smokies, allows the park to provide minor roadside assistance to visitors such as jump starting a dead battery or unlocking a vehicle. Volunteers drive a courtesy vehicle equipped with tools, battery charger, and vehicle fluids to provide these much appreciated services. 

Volunteers are required to work 32 hours per week in a team of two. At least one team member MUST have prior law enforcement experience which allows for better recognition of hazards and situations that should be avoided and passed directly to park rangers. Volunteers are provided a RV site (RV not included) with electric and water services near Oconaluftee.

For information about the Roadside Assistant Volunteer Program, please contact Park Ranger Carmen Barnard (828) 497-1940.  To download a volunteer application, please visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/supportyourpark/volunteer.htm. You may submit the application to VIP Coordinator, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Drive, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.  

Did You Know?

Scientists estimate that 100,000 different species live in the park.

What lives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Although the question sounds simple, it is actually extremely complex. Right now scientists think that we only know about 17 percent of the plants and animals that live in the park, or about 17,000 species of a probable 100,000 different organisms.