Volunteer on the Blue Ridge Parkway

More than 15 million visitors enjoy the scenic journey of the Blue Ridge Parkway each year. With stagnant and declining funding from the government, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s support has become essential to preserve and protect the historical, cultural, and natural resources found along the 469-mile route. From maintenance and facility improvement projects to protecting threatened species, we work closely with the Parkway staff to enhance visitor experiences. Philanthropic and volunteer efforts are vital to support this unit of the National Park System. There are many ways you can help, including giving your time.

 

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Volunteer Corps needs you!
 

Join us for Project Parkway!

On Saturday April 27 from 9 until noon, the community is invited to help partners and the National Park Service spruce up campground and picnic locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Locations include: Linville FallsPrice ParkDoughtonOtter CreekPeaks of OtterRocky KnobCrabtree Falls and Mount PisgahIf you are interested in participating, contact Project Manager Ethan Crump at BLRI_Volunteers@nps.gov or (828) 348-3419 by April 15, 2019.
 

Volunteer Opportunities

Citizen Scientist 
Bee Kind to the Parkway's Pollinator project is back in full swing. Citizen scientist volunteers are needed to survey various sites along the Parkway.  
The ideal volunteer has an interest in the natural world and an awareness of the importance of native bees and their impact on plant diversity. Volunteers will work independently after completing online training. Each volunteer will be assigned a milepost to survey every two weeks from April until September. 
Volunteers needed at the following site locations:
Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 20, 32, 36, 38, 389, 394, 399, 420 & 435. 

Visitor Information at Rocky Knob Visitor Center
Participant provides visitor information and assists with sales at Rocky Knob Visitor Center. This position serves as a front-line representative of the National Park Service in a visitor center setting.
Apply directly to the NPS for this volunteer position. 

Kids in Parks Office Assistant in Asheville, N.C.
Participant will assist program staff in prize fulfilment, packaging and mailing prizes to Trail TRACKers who visit Kids in Parks trails.  

Parkway Traveler at Humpback Rocks in Virginia, milepost 6
Participant replenishes information at important donor stations and visitor centers.

Photographer
Participant captures photos of the Parkway, Foundation events, and projects in progress.

Ambassador 
Participant represents Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation at fun community events.
 

Office Assistant
Participants will perform a variety of duties including office assistance and data entry at either the Asheville or Winston-Salem office. Some Office Assistant projects can also be completed at home or remotely.
 

Blue Ridge Music Center Concert Volunteer
Participant takes advance tickets, sells tickets at the gate, issues wrist bands for concert-goers, and distributes season program guides at the two admission gates during summer concerts and to work the Merchandise Sales area in the Music Center’s outdoor amphitheater. Most concerts are held on Saturday evenings. Volunteers needed from 5 to 9 p.m. The Blue Ridge Music Center is at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, 10 miles from Galax, Virginia. Volunteers are also needed for our off-site concerts.

Wildlife Camera Volunteer 
Participant works under the supervision of Parkway staff to set up and monitor wildlife cameras on the Blue Ridge Parkway with one or two other volunteers. If you enjoy visiting the Parkway a couple of times a month and walking/hiking in the rugged terrain this could be the role for you. 

Other
Tell us about your interests and skills. We might have another great volunteer opportunity for you not yet listed! 

Use the button below to apply for current volunteer positions or let us know how you would like to help the Parkway.

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