Volunteer opportunities are always available at Lake Guntersville State Park.
Volunteer in the Park:
- Interpretive Tour Guides. Volunteers will either be trained in or utilize skills such as: history and archeology, wildlife and plant ID, forest ecology, tornado damage and natural disturbances, and eagle awareness.
- Nature Center Docents. Our nature center on the first floor of the lodge offers the public a chance to view animal specimens, Native American artifacts, and two live snakes. Docent responsibilities include: answering phone calls, taking detailed messages, recording visitor numbers, answering FAQs, and caring for snakes (helpful, but not required).
- Clerical Workers. Volunteers can assist in routine office duties, such as making copies, organizing files, creating flyers, and answering phone calls.
- Arts and Crafts. During the summer we offer many arts and craft projects in the campground, and some available for special weekends at the lodge throughout the year.
- Campground Activities. Along with arts and crafts, campground activities may include showing movies, hosting games, storytelling, campfire nature programs, scavenger hunts, and more.
- Trail Work. (We can design a trail project for a scout troop or group, or work with individuals.)
- Monitoring: Volunteers would independently hike or bike the trails in search of damage, erosion, danger elements (i.e., hanging branches), downed limbs and trees, and they would record this information and mark problem areas on maps.
- Maintenance: Volunteers would clear debris from trails, mark or remark trail blazes, pick up trash along trails, and would assist in repairing damaged features such as water bars, steps, and bridges.
- Construction: Volunteers may assist in planning, marking, clearing, and constructing new trails including bridges, steps, railings (if appropriate), water bars, and gravel or mulch.
- Invasive Species Removal. Volunteers will be trained in invasive species identification, problems associated with invasive and non-native species, and removal techniques. Once this training is complete volunteers will assist in removing invasive species throughout the park as well as training future volunteers.
- Roadway and Waterway Cleanup Days. These will be organized cleanup days along Town Creek, Short Creek, and beach waterways, and roadways within park.
- “Don’t Feed the Deer” Campaign. Volunteers will be educated on the health and safety concerns associated with feeding deer in the park. They will be provided materials to distribute to park guest and visitors as well as utilize their training to educate others on this issue.
Volunteer from Home:
- Grant Writers. There are several projects we’d like to do around the park, but we need government and private organization grant funding for many of these. If you have a background or strong personal interest in writing, editing, and research this could be a great opportunity to make a big impact at the park.
- Grant Research. Not a writer… that’s okay. We need help researching potential grants we can apply for too. We will provide a list of projects that need funding, and you can search for grants that match those needs.
- Program Research. Help us research the history, geology, ecology, and ever-changing world around the park. We will provide topics of interest for education programs, and you can research in your pajamas. After you share this information with us we can develop new education programs you can bring your friends and family to enjoy.
- Fundraising. We are working to raise funds for our Interpretive Programs and future Nature Center, and could use volunteers to help us make phone calls, post to social media, and mail information. Most of these can be handled through email correspondence from home, with an occasional trip to the park to collect supplies.
- Graphic Design. Help us promote events at the park from you own home by designing flyers, banners, handouts, information cards, and other marketing materials. We will provide the needed information, and help with editing.