If you have any doubt about how gratifying and how much fun working outdoors in a national forest is, we invite you to come work with us and see for yourself. But let's be honest, the days are long and the work is often physically demanding, but there is always something anyone can do. Volunteers are also eligible to earn a Forest Annual Pass or Permit by performing 20 hours of volunteer work in coordination with the Forest Service. College students may perform volunteer service related to their coursework for college credit.  Just be sure to contact your district office before you start to put in your volunteer time. Our national forests have a long, rich history which has led us to where we are today. Join us and be part of our heritage.

Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer? Take a look at our Schedule of Volunteer Activities page and Volunteer.gov.

Cherokee National Forest

Ocoee Ranger District

Ocoee Whitewater Center

  • OWC reception staffed with 8 - 10 volunteers
  • Partnership with TDEC
  • Tanasi trail system maintenance
  • Assist with special events
  • Fee collection processing
  • Routine site mtce.(maintaining picnic area, trash collection, mowing, weedeating, and minor construction projects).
  • Over the past 12 years, OWC volunteers have contributed the equivalent of 46,422 hours or 20 years (2016) of service to the Forest Service.

Tellico Ranger District

Unaka Ranger District

  • fire management teaches Wildland fire classes at ETSU.  Students do 20 hours of volunteer work to help complete their requirements.
  • Work with trails and recreation as well.

Watauga Ranger District

  • Volunteer at any of the 5 developed campgrounds on the district.
  • There are volunteer opportunities for you to use your maintenance skills working on recreation facilities and grounds.
  • Be a host at one of several picnic and swim areas across the district.