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Volunteering at Big South Fork

Each year hundreds of volunteers contribute approximately 30,000 hours of service to Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. Volunteers are involved in virtually every aspect of park operations. Some work full-time during the summer season, while others may work one day a week or even for a few hours on a special project. Some are students and others are retirees looking for adventure during their "golden years." Some maintain and/or patrol trails while others work as campground hosts or as visitor center personnel.

Regardless of age or background, these folks share a desire to make a positive contribution to the management of the park. Volunteers are a valuable and valued part of our operation and our community.

For more information regarding the Big South Fork volunteer program, please contact the volunteer coordinator at 423-569-9778.

Mailing Address:
Attention: Volunteer Coordinator
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841

Join the Park Volunteer Team

Be a part of a great team and make a difference! The National Park Service is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Trail Keeper - These volunteers provide an extended presence in the backcountry and at the same time provide the trail crews with information on trail conditions and issues.

  • Campground Host - These volunteers greet and assist visitors in locating campsites, provides information, verifies compliance to park regulations, and works with park staff in a variety of campground-related duties.

  • Clerical Assistant Volunteers - These volunteers assist NPS staff in answering phone inquiries and complete a variety of administrative tasks.

  • Visitor Center Volunteers - These volunteers help at a visitor center by staffing the desk with NPS staff. They help visitors by providing orientation, information, and informal interpretation on park resources, safety, etc.

  • Special Event Volunteers - These volunteers assist with special events in the park such as endurance races and festivals. Some duties include distributing information, taking photographs, parking cars, assisting with crowd control, setting up and taking down equipment, putting up signs, and/or picking up trash. Volunteers may also demonstrate craftsmanship that is related to the special event.

Select one of the opportunities below for more information on how to apply.


Current Volunteer Opportunities


Last updated: July 16, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841


423 569-9778

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