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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:48

Smokies volunteers needed at Oconaluftee and Clingmans Dome

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting for a variety of volunteer opportunities at Oconaluftee and Clingmans Dome for the upcoming season.

Volunteers are needed to work information centers and rove trails. These volunteers educate park visitors about natural and cultural features and help them plan their visits, such as suggesting hikes or points of interest in the park.

• Volunteers are needed at Clingmans Dome visitor contact station to work alongside Great Smoky Mountains Association employees in the bookstore from April 1 through Nov. 30.

Each volunteer will be asked to serve at least one four-hour shift per week.

Those interested must attend a two seven-hour orientation and training sessions held March 20 at the Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room.

• Volunteers are also needed to rove the trails and grounds around the Oconaluftee visitor center area. These volunteers walk the River Trail, Mountain Farm Museum and fields along U.S. 441 (where visitors are frequently stopped along the roadside to see the elk herd). Promoting responsible wildlife viewing is a particular need.

Those interested are required to attend one seven-hour orientation and training session on Friday, April 13, at the Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room.

• Volunteers are also needed to work inside the Oconaluftee Visitor Center assisting visitors plan their trip and answering questions about the park as well as the interpretive programs offered. Volunteers are asked to commit to four or eight hours shift once per week and must be able to stand for long periods.

828.497.1904.

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