Your duties could include (and I pulled these right off of nps.org):
- Working at an information desk answering visitor questions
- Presenting living history demonstrations in period costume
- Building fences, painting buildings, and making cabinets
- Giving guided nature walks and evening campfire programs
- Assisting with preservation of museum artifacts
- Maintaining trails and building boardwalks
- Designing computer programs or park websites
- Serving on a bike, horseback, or beach patrol
I stumbled upon another website specific to the Appalachian Trail. Appalachian Trail Conservancy (appalachiantrail.org) offers many volunteer opportunities from Georgia to Maine. Join the maintenance clubs and corridor stewardship programs to keep trails hiker-friendly. If you're feeling extra ambitious, join part of the AT's trail crew, and take week long backcountry expeditions to relocate and rehabilitate portions of the trail. Appalachiantrail.org offers resources for workshops and training, and also provides volunteers and public with a monthly newsletter that displays excellent articles such as "Signboards and Privies and Bears... Oh My!"
Volunteering is rewarding and flexible, allowing you to fit some outdoor time into the smalls vacancies of your schedule. Help to keep America's trails and parks clean and visitor-friendly. And no matter how much the daily grinds bog you down, keep in mind to never stop playing!
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