Volunteer Opportunities on the Talladega and Shoal Creek Ranger Districts

Position: General Trail Maintenance
Name of Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Location: Talladega Ranger District
Address: 1001 North Street
Talladega, AL 35160
Telephone Number: 256-362-2909
Contact Person: Mary Humphries

Position: General Trail Maintenance
Location: Shoal Creek District
Address: 45 Highway 281
Heflin, AL 36261
Telephone Number: 256-436-2272 office
Contact Person: Karen McKenzie

Dates of Assignment: Year Round
Time and Days of Week: Flexible
Hours Needed: Varies
Suitable for (Adults and/or Youth ages?): Adults
Difficulty Level (State conditions and/or special requirements):
Some carpentry or craftsmanship skills strongly desired, but not required. Duties will require the ability to lift objects or materials up to 50 lbs. and be able to perform manual labor within outdoor conditions.
Opportunity Description:

  1. High Falls Trailhead: Replace wooden steps on stairs and remove graffiti from rocks.
  2. Pinhoti Trail: Routine trail maintenance on approximately 130 miles of trail. Removing (tree) blow downs. Installing informational/directional signs from Hwy 281 South to Bulls Gap. Volunteers needed during construction of Rebecca Mountain section (scheduled for summer). Various trail relocations projects. Information kiosk constructions and installation on south end of the trail.
  3. Warden Station Trail System: Remove (tree) blow down from trails. Install two “watering hole” signs along the trail system. Install “share the trail” etiquette signs in the campground and along the trail. Repair trail tread and culverts as needed.

Position: Wildlife Volunteer
Name of Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Location: Shoal Creek Ranger District
Address: 45 Highway 281
Heflin, Alabama
Telephone Number: 256-436-2272 office

Contact Person: Karen McKenzie
Dates of Assignment: Year Round
Time and Days of Week: Flexible
Hours Needed: Varies
Suitable for (Adults and/or Youth ages?): Adults
Difficulty Level (State conditions and/or special requirements):
Volunteers in this position will perform a wide range of wildlife management support activities to protect, develop, and maintain the state’s natural wildlife population for environmental and recreational purposes.
Opportunity Description (provide a description of the volunteer project):
Monitoring red cockaded woodpeckers. Monitor and maintain blue bird boxes and wood duck boxes. Building bluebird boxes, bat houses, and wood duck boxes. Creating a butterfly identification list for the area and creating butterfly gardens.


Position: Adopt a Trail
Name of Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Location: Talladega Ranger District
Address: 1001 North Street 
Talladega, AL 35160
Telephone Number: 256-362-2909
Contact Person: Gloria Nielsen

Position: Adopt a Trail
Name of Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Location: Shoal Creek Ranger District 
Address: 45 Highway 281
Heflin, AL 36261
Telephone Number: 256-436-2272 office
Contact Person: Karen McKenzie

Dates of Assignment: Year Round
Time and Days of Week: Flexible
Hours Needed: Varies
Suitable for (Adults and/or Youth ages?): Adults and Youth
Difficulty Level (State conditions and/or special requirements):
Ability to bend and/or squat to pick up litter. Moderate level of walking is required. 
Opportunity Description (provide a description of the volunteer project):
Seeking individuals or groups that will adopt a trail, stretch of Forest Service road, or  recreation area to keep litter free.


Position: Educator
Name of Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Location: Talladega Ranger District
Address: 1001 North Street (Hwy 21 No)
Talladega, AL 35160
Telephone Number: 256-362-2909

Contact Person: Gloria Nielsen
Dates of Assignment: Year Round
Time and Days of Week: Flexible
Hours Needed: Varies
Suitable for (Adults and/or Youth ages?): Adults 
Difficulty Level (State conditions and/or special requirements):
Good verbal communication, writing, and listening skills highly desired. Strong desire to build awareness and interest in environmental programs within the Forest Service.
Opportunity Description (provide a description of the volunteer project):
Seeking individuals who are willing to work on the volunteer newsletter, lead campfire  programs on various topics, and lead nature hikes (wildflower identification for examples.



Position: Customer Service Assistant
Name of Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Location: Shoal Creek Ranger District 
Address: 45 Highway 281
Heflin, AL 36261
Telephone Number: 256- 463-2272

Contact Person: Karen McKenzie
Dates of Assignment: Year Round
Time and Days of Week: Flexible, 2-3 days a week
Hours Needed: 4 hours per day
Suitable for (Adults and/or Youth ages?): Adults and Youth
Difficulty Level (State conditions and/or special requirements):
Good verbal and written communication skills, professional personal presentation, and customer service oriented preferred. 
Opportunity Description (provide a description of the volunteer project):
Assist with customer service duties on a part time basis. This job may involve answering the phones  and greeting visitors at the Shoal Creek Ranger District office located in Heflin, Alabama. The  hours and days are negotiable; willing to accept less hours (or more).


Position: Recreation Assistant
Name of Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Location: Shoal Creek Ranger District 
Address: 45 Highway 281
Heflin, AL 36261
Telephone Number: 256- 463-2272

Contact Person: Karen McKenzie
Dates of Assignment: Year Round
Time and Days of Week: Flexible, 1 day per week (includes weekends)
Hours Needed: Varies
Suitable for (Adults and/or Youth ages?): Adults and Youth
Difficulty Level (State conditions and/or special requirements):
Must be reliable with good communication and listening skills. 
Opportunity Description (provide a description of the volunteer project):
The Recreation Assistant will work in our campgrounds doing minor maintenance, picking up litter, helping to maintain bulletin boards, emptying trash cans and greeting the public. Ideally we would ask for someone to be available at least one day a week either during the week or on weekends.
 


Position: Bird Watcher
Name of Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Location: Shoal Creek Ranger District 
Address: 45 Highway 281
Heflin, AL 36261
Telephone Number: 256- 463-2272

Contact Person: Karen McKenzie
Dates of Assignment: Year Round
Time and Days of Week: Several days per week
Hours Needed: Early mornings or late evenings
Suitable for (Adults and/or Youth ages?): Adults and Youth
Difficulty Level (State conditions and/or special requirements):
Must be reliable with good communication and listening skills. Willingness to take part in a census of the red-cockaded woodpecker populations within a specific area and follow  designed study protocols.
Opportunity Description (provide a description of the volunteer project):
The Shoal Creek Ranger District has a need for a dedicated individual who would be willing  to 'adopt' a red-cockaded woodpecker colony and help us monitor the birds and their nests.  This individual would ideally be willing to visit the colony site several times a week during  certain times of the year either in the early morning or late evening to monitor the RCW  populations. Our wildlife biologist will be working alongside volunteers to get them familiar with  protocols and information needs. 
 


Position: Interpreter
Name of Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Location: Shoal Creek Ranger District 
Address: 45 Highway 281
Heflin, AL 36261
Telephone Number: 256- 463-2272

Contact Person: Karen McKenzie
Dates of Assignment: Summer Months
Time and Days of Week: one day per week or on the weekends
Hours Needed: Evening hours
Suitable for (Adults and/or Youth ages?): Adults and Youth
Difficulty Level (State conditions and/or special requirements):
Good verbal, written and communication skills, professional personal presentation, and  customer service oriented preferred. Previous experience planning a curriculum strongly  desired, but not required.
Opportunity Description (provide a description of the volunteer project):
The Shoal Creek Ranger District is seeking volunteers willing to plan and deliver interpretive (campfire) program on the National Forest. We are interested in program for a variety of age groups and on a variety of topics related to the national forest including; local wildlife, history of the area, and environmental topics. Again, this person would be available for  summer programs in the evening (one day a week) or on the weekends. 
 


Position: Educator
Name of Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Location: Shoal Creek Ranger District 
Address: 45 Highway 281
Heflin, AL 36261
Telephone Number: 256-463-2272 

Contact Person: Karen McKenzie
Dates of Assignment: School Year Months
Time and Days of Week: Flexible
Hours Needed: Flexible
Suitable for (Adults and/or Youth ages?): Adults 
Difficulty Level (State conditions and/or special requirements):
Strongly seeking individual with previous teaching experience. Someone who possess a love for teaching and working with kids.
Opportunity Description (provide a description of the volunteer project):
Retired from teaching and can’t get it out of your system? Looking for a new opportunity to  work with kids? The Shoal Creed Ranger District is interested in working with an educator to  offer programs on a variety of natural resource related topics to or local school system. The person  would be available during the school year for a day a week o do programs in our local schools.





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