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On-Going Park Volunteer Work Days

Johnsonville State Historic Park

Johnsonville State Historic Park offers thematic volunteer days throughout the year including Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Civil War Trust Park Day, Memorial Day Crockett Cemetery Cleanup, National Trails Day, and National Public Lands Day. Project work often includes clean up/preservation of historic park features including cemeteries and Civil War era earthworks, trail work, removal of trash/recyclables from the river bank, and the removal of brush, vines, and invasive plants from the park.

It is always suggested to wear long pants, sturdy shoes/boots, seasonal specific clothing and to bring a water bottle and work gloves. All hand tools and necessary safety gear are provided by the park.

For more information on these volunteer days or other opportunities to volunteer, please visit the Johnsonville State Park event calendar or call the Park Welcome Center at 931-535-2789.

Radnor Lake State Park and Natural Area

Every fourth Saturday of each month (except December) is Volunteer Day. Participate in trail work, exotic plant removal and other park projects. Meet at the Radnor Lake Visitor Center off Granny White Pike at 8:00 AM CT. Most volunteer work days last until 12 noon. No RSVP necessary. Friends of Radnor Lake provide bottled water, insect repellent, gloves, lunch for volunteers and other supplies. For more information about the Radnor Lake Volunteer Work Day and special volunteer days, call the park office at 615-373-3467 or visit the Friends of Radnor Lake website.

Radnor Lake also hosts volunteer groups as the schedule permits. Groups wishing to schedule specific days outside the monthly Volunteer Day should email Park Manager Steve Ward at steve.ward@tn.gov.

Rocky Fork State Park

Starting in February 2016, Rocky Fork State Park will be hosting a monthly Volunteer Day on the 3rd Saturday of every month (except December). We will begin at 8:00 AM ET; the event usually lasts for 4 hours. Volunteer activities include trail improvement, exotic-invasive plant removal, or stream clean-up. Be sure to pack water and snacks. Wear sturdy shoes or boots & work gloves. The park will have a few extra gloves on hand.

Meet at: Rocky Fork State Park Main Entrance Gate 501 Rocky Fork Road, Flag Pond, TN 37657.

For more information contact Park Manager Jesse Germeraad Jesse.Germeraad@tn.gov. Office Phone #: 423-271-1233 Work Cell: 423-637-3709.

Questions may be sent to us through our Rocky Fork State Park Facebook page.

Since GPS/Map Apps sometimes do not recognize our new address and brings visitors to the wrong location, we have included some written directions.

From Johnson City, TN: Get on I-26 E (approx. 16 mi), take Exit 43 for US-19W toward TN-352/Temple Hill Rd, turn Left onto US-19W S, turn Right to stay on US-19W S (approx. 1 mi), slight Right onto TN-352 W (4.8 mi), and turn Right onto Rocky Fork Rd (approx. 1 mi) to Rocky Fork State Park Main Entrance Gate.

From Asheville, NC: Get on I-26 W/US-19 N/US-23 N/US-70 W (approx. 27 mi), continue on I-26 W (approx. 4.3 mi), take Exit 50 toward Flag Pond Rd (0.4 mi), turn Left onto Upper Higgins Creek Rd (0.6 mi), turn Right onto Old Asheville Hwy (2.3 mi), and turn Left onto Rocky Fork Rd (approx. 1 mi) to Rocky Fork State Park Main Entrance Gate

South Cumberland State Park

Every Saturday at 9:00 AM CT join us for Trail Days at Fiery Gizzard. Flex your Tennessee volunteer muscles by helping with a major trail reroute along the Fiery Gizzard Trail. This exciting reroute will cut through some rough and beautiful terrain so be prepared with sturdy footwear, dress for the weather, and bring plenty of water and food (snacks and/or lunch). Much of the work involves lifting and moving heavy stones, cutting trees, building stairs, and cutting out a trail. We will meet at the Grundy Forest parking lot and will work until early afternoon, around 2:00 PM. For more information or if you want to bring a large group, email Ranger Jason at jason.reynolds@tn.gov or call the Visitor's Center at 931-924-2980.

Meeting Address: 131 Fiery Gizzard Rd. Tracy City, TN 37387

T.O. Fuller State Park

Please join us the second Saturday of each month at 9:45 to 11:45 AM CT, for various projects around the park. Volunteer projects could include trash removal, painting, construction of simple structures, and protecting the native butterfly garden by removing invasive plant species. We ask volunteers to bring water, wear long sleeves, pants, and a comfortable pair of closed toe shoes.  Meet at the park visitor's center which is located at 1500 West Mitchell Road Memphis, TN. 38109. For more information contact Ranger Toni Mitchell at 901-543-7581 or Tony.B.Mitchell@tn.gov.

Other Volunteer Days

TN Promise Saturday - April 16

Tennessee State Parks offered a variety of volunteer events across the state on Saturday, April 16, to help TN Promise Scholars log community service hours required to meet their scholarship commitments. It’s a great opportunity for TN Promise Scholars to improve a state park, bank volunteer service hours while having a little bit of fun at the same time. LEARN MORE.

National Public Lands Day - September 24

Tennessee State Parks and Natural Areas have been strong supporters of National Public Lands Day in the past and their participation continues again this year. Help us celebrate this annual day of caring for shared lands. LEARN MORE about variety of volunteer stewardship projects and activities at Tennessee State Parks.

Campground Host Program

Each year when the weather turns warm, an influx of campers make their way into our state park campgrounds. In order to make the park experience relaxing and enjoyable for our campers during this busy time, we rely on the assistance of “live in” volunteers called campground hosts.

What do Campground Hosts do?

Campground Hosts do an array of things and some duties will differ from park to park; however, the commonalities are camper check-in; light maintenance and housekeeping of campground facilities; informing campers of park activities and programs as well as park rules and regulations; directing campers to local points of interest and services.

Hosts with special skills or talents may be asked to assist with park programs, event or activities. Participation is dependant Campground hosts help with camper check-in and other tasks.upon hosts’ interest and the permission of park management.

What is the term of service?

We ask hosts to serve a minimum of one month and a maximum of nine consecutive months in a twelve-month period at any one park. Campground Hosts must commit to working a minimum of three days a week. Exact work times and days to be determined by park management and will most likely include weekends and holidays. We do ask volunteers to serve a minimum of 20 hours per week, per person, and maintain 24-hour availability for the days they are scheduled.

What are the benefits of being a Campground Host?

As a Campground Host you receive a campsite (in a high visibility area) at no charge along with electric and water hook-ups.

How do I apply for a Campground Host position?

Each Tennessee State Park that participates in the campground host program is responsible for interviewing and hiring their own host(s). We ask that you fill out an application and send it to all parks where you are interested in being a host, or send it to the Volunteer Coordinator who will disperse it to your parks of interest.

Applications are available from this site, the participating parks or by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator at 615-532-5249 or tnstateparks.volunteer@tn.gov.

We also suggest calling parks prior to sending your application to see if they are in need of a host for the upcoming season. The Tennessee State Parks Volunteer Program Park contact information can be found by going to Find A Park. 

Need to get your completed application to the Volunteer Coordinator?
 

Mail to:
Volunteer Coordinator
Tennessee State Parks
Campground hosts at Standing StoneWilliam R Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L Parks Avenue, 2nd FloorNashville, TN 37243

Email: tnstateparks.volunteer@tn.gov

Ready to get involved?

View the spreadsheet of hosting opportunities for the current year. Information includes which parks are looking for campground hosts, the time frame for hosting and the utility hookups at the campground host site. If a park is not listed on the spreadsheet, the park does not participate in the campground host program.

For any park that does not have a yes or no listed in the Position Filled column, please contact them directly about campground host vacancies for this upcoming season.
VIEW SPREADSHEET.

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