Getting Started as a Park Volunteer

Thanks for your interest in the Volunteer Program sponsored by the State Parks and Historic Sites Division of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The beauty of this state, and the diversity of its cultural and natural resources has, over the years, attracted visitors in untold millions to the state’s parks and historic sites to learn, to stretch, to relax, to explore, to appreciate—and to find themselves by losing themselves in a world of grandeur and wonder. Through this Volunteer Program we expect to be able to extend these benefits to many more Georgians and their guests, and to enrich their visits with more and better services and facilities.

The Volunteer Program is a fun and educational opportunity for you to get involved. By enriching the lives of others, you enrich your own. It will be an experience you will remember for years to come. A task somewhere is waiting to be done; a child somewhere is waiting to learn; a trail somewhere is waiting to be built.

Georgia’s parks and historic sites offer varied opportunities for volunteers to enrich their lives while enriching the lives of others. We hope this is a program that you can't resist!


Volunteer Opportunities

Hosts: Campground, Golf Course and Train Hosts

Come to a state park in Georgia, chances are, the first people you see in the campground are our hosts. The campground host program is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities. In exchange for a free campsite and utilities for your RV or motorhome, hosts serve the park and the public. Hosts commit to a minimum of 2 months and up to a maximum of 6 months. Hosts contribute a minimum of 24 hours per week per couple. The Campground Host program utilizes volunteers who can furnish their own lodging (camper, RV, or motor home). Individuals, couples, or even families may serve as Hosts. Retired couples often find it an ideal way to spend a few months.
We have an annual registration of $15pp to be listed as a active volunteer host with Georgia Parks, this registration covers cost of processing your application, the excess liability insurance, and the criminal background check. View Host Timeline and Application

Local Individuals: Community Volunteer

Many parks and sites need volunteers on a daily, weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly basis. This includes golf, conservation or train volunteers! These volunteers get an opportunity to be involved for whatever time they have to give.

What do community volunteers do at our State Parks?

Interpretive Programs

Great for active or retired educators, volunteers are needed to produce fun and exciting interpretive, recreational, historical reenactments, or education events throughout the year.

Visitor Center and Park Office

Greet incoming visitors, share information about the park and its amenities.

Maintenance and Trail Work

Help to keep our parks looking their best.

Groups: Corporate, University, Scout and other Group Volunteers

Many parks and sites need volunteers on a daily, weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly basis. Volunteers get an opportunity to be involved for whatever time they have to give. Civic and community groups, as well as corporate volunteers, can take advantage of this great opportunity. We welcome groups to participate in unique volunteer opportunities. Groups can choose to have a one-day project, a project that takes all week or one that they return to until it is completed. Groups include, but are not limited to:

  • Corporations
  • Universities
  • Civic Groups
  • Scout Groups
  • Schools

Find a tailor-made project for your organization to make a difference in Georgia State Parks. Utilize the time and experience to build your team, increase morale while providing a valuable service to Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites.

School/University Community Service

If you have been asked to perform community service for school/university or other credit. Please apply using the community volunteer registration and indicate this is for credit with your school.

Court-Ordered Community Service

If you are trying to serve Court-Ordered Community Service or reducing points for a traffic violation. Call the park closest to you and ask if they can have you assist their maintenance staff for court-ordered community service. You can find the list of park locations at explore.gastateparks.org/parks


Registration Fees and How to Apply

We now have an annual membership of $15 to be listed as a volunteer with Georgia Parks, this membership covers cost of processing your application, the excess liability insurance and the criminal background check. If you will be volunteering less than once a month there is no need to pay the fee after you register. If you become a regular at the park the park management will let you know when you need to fully register, pay the fee, and submit your criminal background check.

Community Volunteer Application

Committed Community Volunteers are those volunteering at least once per month and over 40 hours per year. These volunteers need to be fully registered with clear background check.
Occasional Community Volunteers are those helping out with occasional projects throughout the year. You don't need to pay the registration fee at this time. You can determine your level of involvement and further commit later.

Apply to be a community volunteer

 

Host Application Information

All hosts are required to be fully registered with a cleared background check. Hosts live on a park campsite in their RVs in 2–6 month assignments. See availability of host openings throughout the state and learn more about hosting with us here.

Host Program

 

Group Volunteers Application

Group volunteers are required to register for the group but are not required to pay the registration fee or submit the background check. Your application will be followed up and you will be put in contact with the park with the best fit. There will be a park staff that works directly with your group to offer you and your group a fulfilling project.

Apply to be a group volunteer

 


Useful Tools for Volunteers


Contact Information

For more information on volunteering, contributing your time, or to receive your copy of the volunteer information packet, please contact:
Rachael.Rupe@dnr.ga.gov
770-389-7272