Alabama's State Parks Need You!
While park staff performs many of the daily tasks and duties it takes to operate, volunteers are vital to Alabama’s state parks. The Volunteer In Parks (VIP) program was created to allow individuals or groups to make a difference at their favorite park. VIP participants make a positive impact year-round in each of the state’s 22 parks.
The beauty of Alabama and the diversity of its cultural and natural resources has attracted millions of visitors to Alabama’s State Parks. People come to relax, explore, and appreciate a little corner of the world specifically made for them. Through this volunteer program, we expect to be able to extend these benefits to many more guests and to enrich their visit with better services and facilities. The primary purpose of the program is to provide knowledgeable, responsible, and available volunteers to assist in visitor services and interpretive education; and also to enhance the recreational experience of others by maintaining or improving the grounds and facilities that they use.
Volunteering is an experience that you will remember for years to come; for by enriching the lives of others, you enrich your own.
Cheaha State Park invites you to become an
Alabama State Park
VIP (Volunteers in Parks)
There are four ways you can show your support for Cheaha State Park:
1. Become a part-time volunteer in one of our facilities such as the Lodge, Store, Civilian Conservation Corps Museum or Native American Artifact Museum.
2. Serve as a Camp Host in the campground.
3. Serve as a Work Camper in the park.
4. Work on a special project.
PART-TIME VOLUNTEERS (Scheduled around your time)
Part-time volunteers work in one of our facilities assisting our staff. Tasks may include: providing information and directions, taking campground & lodging reservations, answering the phone, collecting fees, helping with events, nature program & hikes, trail maintenance, landscaping duties, or light housekeeping.
We are pleased to have any volunteers, and we do understand that you may only have a few hours or a day available to volunteer. We have small jobs you can help with such as: trash pick up, weeding, planting flowers and painting. These are just a few things that you could help us with in the park as a part time volunteer.
CAMP HOSTS (One Month at a time) *When an Opening is Available
These volunteers usually serve for a period of one month at a time. They are provided a complimentary campsite for their use during the period they serve. Volunteer Camp Hosts act as our Campground Ambassadors. Some duties include: campground occupancy checks, light maintenance, helping with events & nature programs or running a museum. We require at least 20 hours of park service per week of camping.
WORK CAMPERS (1 to 3 months at a time) *When an Opening is Available
Volunteer Work Campers receive a full hookup campsite in exchange for 20 + hours of service each week. A position will typically range from 1 to 3 months at a time.
Some duties may include: maintenance & cleaning, painting, mowing, weed-eating, landscaping, monitoring trails, picking up trash, pressure washing, etc. Duties can vary.
SPECIAL PROJECTS (Scheduled Around Your Time)
Cheaha State Park has over 15 miles of trails. Year-round maintenance is necessary to keep the trails in good condition. Some projects may include: keeping trails marked & legible, clearing new trails, repairing footbridges, erosion control, or brush trimming. Other projects could involve carpentry and other special skills to help make Cheaha State Park the best it can be.
To request a volunteer handbook or for more information: please email us or give us a call at 256.488.5115 (ext. 2814)
Get started by downloading an application:
*Please indicate which project you are interested in, on another sheet if needed.
To mail application, address to:
Attention to: Mandy Pearson, Park Naturalist
19644 Hwy 281-Delta, AL 36258
At Alabama State Parks, we work as a team. Our goal is to provide our guest with the best in accommodations and facilities. Adding to that, our staff made up of folks who are friendly and know a lot about our park's and we feel we have a combination that will ensure each of our visitors a comfortable and pleasant experience.
Contact our park naturalist Mandy Pearson for more information.