Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Park Service Seeking Volunteers to Staff Contact Station at Clingmans Dome

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is currently recruiting volunteers to help staff the visitor contact station at Clingmans Dome through November 30th.

The visitor station at Clingmans Dome sits at an elevation of 6,300 feet and is a point source of information for the national park and the high elevation spruce fir ecosystem, in particular. Volunteers are needed to assist in educating visitors about the Park while also providing recreational, trip planning, and directional information. The information center, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, originally served as a comfort station, but was converted into a seasonal information center in 2010. It also includes a bookstore area managed by the Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Volunteers will be working alongside Great Smoky Mountains Association employees and are asked to work at least one, four-hour shift per week through November. The hours will be from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Interested persons will be provided with an orientation and training before beginning at the contact station. Training is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

To sign up for training or for more information, contact Florie Takaki, Monday through Fridays, at 828-497-1906.

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