Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Volunteer Rovers Needed at Oconaluftee

The Great Smoky Mountains Association posted this request on their Facebook page for anyone that might be interested:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting for volunteers to help the park staff by roving the River Trail, Mountain Farm Museum and fields along Highway 441 (Newfound Gap Road). This position will be available from late August until November 10, 2012. Volunteers will be asked to rove four hours prior to sunset on the same day each week.

Volunteer rovers provide great assistance during the evening hours in the Oconaluftee area by providing visitors with useful park information regarding regulations such as littering, disturbing wildlife, and approaching wildlife. They also informally present important information the Park’s history, wildflowers and the best areas for viewing fall leaf colors.

In the presence of elk in the fields along Newfound Gap Road, volunteers will aid Visitor Use Assistants and Rangers in traffic management as well as provide visitors with information on viewing the elk and their role in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Interested persons will be required to attend one, 5-hour orientation and training session on Tuesday, August 28 at the Oconaluftee Multi-purpose Room near Cherokee, N.C. To register for the training, or for more information, please contact the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at 828/497-1904.

Hiking Trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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