Volunteers at Grandfather Mountain

Volunteer

We can always use extra hands on Grandfather Mountain to help out, and we value everyone who contributes time to take care of the mountain. The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation volunteer program gives our supporters a hands-on way to know the gratification that comes from introducing others to the wonders of our mountain.

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Hospitality Hosts
Volunteers greet guests, share park information, answer questions, take pictures, promote specials daily park events and provide other services that enhance the visitor experience. Areas include in the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, on pathways in and around the Wilson Center, at Split Rock and in Woods Walk. At the top, volunteers may serve at the Mile High Swinging Bridge, in the Top Shop Photo Exhibit, and on the trails and trailheads. Time Commitment: May–October, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. One shift per week is requested with a minimum of two shifts per month. Volunteers may work the entire shift or arrange partial shifts within this time period with the volunteer coordinator. Volunteers are suggested to commit at least 40 hours of service per season.

Wildlife Habitat Hosts
Volunteers circulate at the various exhibits throughout the Wildlife Habitats. In addition to hospitality services, these volunteers interact with visitors to provide information regarding each animal on display at Grandfather Mountain. Time Commitment: May–October, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. One shift per week is requested with a minimum of two shifts per month. Volunteers may work the entire shift, or arrange partial shifts within this time period with the volunteer coordinator. Volunteers are suggested to commit at least 40 hours of service a season.

Education and Special Event Opportunities
Volunteers occasionally aid our educators, keepers or event staff by assisting with event and program set-up. Volunteers offer support by setting up tables, helping participants during programming or assisting in other specific activities. These projects are based on specific needs in the park and are not always available.

Group Volunteers
Groups of volunteers are welcome to assist the Grandfather Mountain staff with a variety of special projects in the park. Projects range from landscaping, trail work, animal habitat cleaning, trash pick-up, painting, non-native invasive species control and other special projects as they arise. These projects are based on specific needs in the park and are not always available. Arrangements must be made in advance with the volunteer coordinator.

Apply Now!
Download the volunteer application and email the completed form to terry@grandfather.com. Call 828-733-2013 for more information.

A Grandfather Mountain volunteer talking with guests in the wildlife habitats area.
A young Grandfather Mountain volunteer participating assisting with a staff project.
Three Grandfather Mountain volunteers posing for a photo

Grandfather Mountain | Home to the Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats and Nature Museum

GPS: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Mailing: PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646
1-800-468-7325

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