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
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 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 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.
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.
Download the Volunteer Application and email the completed form to email@example.com. Call 828-733-2013 for more information.