Volunteer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park!
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:
How to apply for a Volunteer-in-Park Position:
Learn about and apply for the Smokies Artist-in-Residence program!
Learn about and volunteer for the Trails Forever program!
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:
Applications are accepted for winter/spring and summer/fall periods. For more information contact: