Volunteering



Friends of the Smokies assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects. Listed below are some of the many volunteer opportunities for those who want to support Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

In 2014, 2560 volunteers gave 150,679 hours to Great Smoky Mountains National Park through the V.I.P. Program.

Good Use of Tools on National Trails Day

Volunteer with Friends of the Smokies

Opportunities are available in Tennessee and North Carolina for volunteers in the office and at special events. Our special events are a great way to get involved with Friends of the Smokies. Each January, we host the Evergreen Ball at Cherokee Country Club and each summer, the 3P BBQ + Auction in Pittman Center, TN is a Big Orange party that raises important support for Great Smoky Mountains National Park; email Kenna if you’d like to join the action.

Volunteer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Volunteers in the Parks (VIPs) work directly through the Park VIP Program in a variety of positions and services. For more information and a list of identified volunteer needs, please contact VIP Coordinator Sheridan Roberts at (865) 436-1265 or email GRSM_Volunteer_Office@nps.gov. The Trails Forever work crew needs your skills & abilities. To make a difference in the life of a trail, check the Trails Forever FAQs then contact the Park’s Volunteer Coordinator for Trails & Facilities Adam Monroe at adam_monroe@nps.gov or call 828-497-1949.

Adopt-A-Trail

Maintain a trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more information, please contact the Park’s Volunteer Coordinator for Trails & Facilities Adam Monroe at adam_monroe@nps.gov or call 828-497-1949.

Appalachian Trail Maintenance Volunteer

Helps maintain a section of the 70+ miles of the AT within the park (from Fontana to Davenport Gap) as a VIP under NPS agreement with the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club. For more information, visit the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club website.

Discover Life in America/All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory Volunteer

Assist with the search for new species in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including collection, sorting and identification. For more information, email DLIA’s Executive Director Todd Witcher at todd@dlia.org.

 

Thank you for your interest in helping protect and preserve Great Smoky Mountains National Park!