Volunteer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

A volunteer stands in front of a waterfall
The Volunteers in Parks (VIP) program allows people from all walks of life to step in and lend a hand to help the park.

Photo by Warren Bielenberg

Explore, learn, and share you time and talent while helping us protect this special place! From assisting with cultural demonstrations and special events, to adopting a trail or campsite, to serving as campground hosts, to helping fisheries biologists monitor trout populations... and everything in between, the work our volunteers do makes a difference!

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, including many that do not require training.

How to get started:

  • Download a listing of Volunteer Opportunities or call (865) 436-1265 to receive an information packet and application.
  • Search our Schedule of Events during June - September for Special Volunteer Work Days if you are interested in a one-day work event.

How to apply for a Volunteer-in-Park Position:

After reviewing our Volunteer Opportunities, download a VIP Application. Make sure to note where you would most like to volunteer. Send the application to the Volunteer Coordinator or by mail at:

VIP Coordinator
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Drive
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

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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:

  • Wildlife and fisheries management
  • Vegetation management
  • Air quality monitoring
  • Backcountry management
  • Long-term inventory and monitoring activities of the resources
  • Support of the Park's Visitor Services and Parks-as-Classrooms programs
  • Support of backcountry management and trails maintenance activities

Applications are accepted for winter/spring and summer/fall periods. For more information contact:

The Student Conservation Association, Inc.
PO Box 550
Charlestown, NH 03603-0550
(603) 543-1700

Last updated: May 27, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738


(865) 436-1200

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