Volunteers needed in the Smokies!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park needs volunteers to help staff a new visitor-contact station at Clingmans Dome when it opens on Saturday, June 19. According to one volunteer, the training is great, the atmosphere is supportive, and yes, you get to wear a uniform. “It’s a blast!” she says.
The building that served as a comfort station —constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps — is being renovated and converted into a seasonal information center that will also include a bookstore/sales area managed by Great Smoky Mountains Association. The center sits at an elevation of 6,300 feet. Volunteers will provide visitors information on the national park and on this high-elevation, spruce-fir ecosystem. Volunteers are needed to assist in educating visitors about the park, as well as providing recreational and trip-planning information and directions to other destinations. You don’t have to be an expert in the park — this is a chance to learn as well.
Volunteers will be working alongside Association employees, and each volunteer is asked to work at least one four-hour shift per week, (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Those interested in volunteers will undergo orientation and training before beginning at the contact station. The volunteer period covers the peak season, June through October.
To sign up for this volunteer work or for more information, contact Florie Takaki at 828-497-1906 or Florie_Takaki@nps.gov, Wednesdays through Fridays.

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