Photo by Don McGowan.
Volunteer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park!
Help us protect this special place by joining Park Rangers in our efforts to maintain trails, staff information desks, serve as campground hosts, and more! The work you do makes a difference! Our Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) accomplish an amazing amount of work each year while they learn, explore, and share their time and talents in the Smokies. More…
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, including many that do not require training. The VIP program allows people from all walks of life to assist the park by doing jobs that otherwise could not be done.
How to get started:
• Would you like to spend more time in the backcountry? Check out our Backcountry Trail Volunteer Opportunities!
• Find out how you can be a Student Intern at Great Smoky Mountains National Park!
• Learn more about our Scout Ranger program for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts!
Student Conservation Association
We also utilize Resource Assistants and high school work crews from the Student Conservation Association, Inc. (SCA), which accepts applications for various agencies like the Smokies. They recruit applicants for high school volunteer programs and college-age and older volunteers as Resource Assistants and Conservation Career Development Program fellows. Each year the park utilizes a number of individuals and high school crews, recruited by SCA, in Resource Management activities such as:
Did You Know?
The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago. More...