2011-2012 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are many opportunities for our members to volunteer their time throughout the. park .Below is a list of these opportunities with a brief description, along with a contact person to offer your services.

EDUCATION CENTER: The Center is open year round but, especially busy during the spring and summer months. Volunteers are needed to answer phones, interact with visitors, answer questions, feed the aquatic and wildlife in the aquariums, and make certain all the’ exhibits’ are clean and in working order. Helping with school groups would also be appreciated:
Park Contact Person: Mike Walker, Interpretive Ranger, 235-8755
Friends Contact Person: Lou Schatzel, 651.-2816
Record volunteer hours at Education Center.

TRAIL MAINTENANCE and LITTER PATROL: Volunteers are needed to walk all of the park trails to pick up litter and look for and report broken trail boards, fallen branches, other hazards to visitors. There will also be occasional announced trail work days:
Park Contact Person: Mike Walker,-Interpretive Ranger, 235.8755
Record volunteer hours at Education Center.

BEACH WALKERS AND SWEEPERS: Volunteers are needed Memorial Day thru Labor Day. The role of the Beach Walkers is as follows:
1. , Pick up litter
2. Look for turtle tracks, identify site locations for nests, and observe nests until hatching. The Rangers will cage and identify nests.
3. Keep dogs off the North. End Beach, and remind dog walkers to keep dogs leashed and to picks up after their dogs.
Park. Contact person: Mike Walker, Interpretive Ranger; 2.35-8755
Friends Contact Person: Paul Green, 215-3357
Record volunteer hours at Education Center.

NATIVE PLANT GARDENING: There are areas around the park that we would like to spruce up by converting existing beds to native plants. Help is needed to plant, water, weed, and then put the beds to rest at the end of the season. The idea is to put in plantings that need little to no maintenance once installed
Park Contact Person: Brenda Magers, 237-2162
Friends Contact person: Cheryl Reilly, 651-8499
Record volunteer hours at Education Center.

WATER MONITORING: The aquariums at the Education Center need monitoring by testing once a week. The volunteer would be testing: 1) pH, 2) salinity, 3) dissolved oxygen and 4) temperature. We need at least four people for this testing and others trained for back-up.
Park Contact person: Mike Walker, Interpretive Ranger, 235-8755.
Friends Contact Person: Vaughn Herdman, 650-0924
Record volunteer hours at Education Center.

ATALAYA PRESERVATION: Repair work is on-going at Atalaya. Help is needed for routine. maintenance and special projects. We always need volunteers to walk through, sweep certain areas, and pick up trash. There will be. two to three specific clean-up and painting days during the year as well as routine and special year-round projects, which are. approved by the park.
Park Contact person: Elizabeth Moses, Interpretive Ranger, 237-2162
Record volunteer hours at Host Cart at Atalaya.

ATALAYA TOUR GUIDES: From March 1st to October 31st tours of Atalaya are scheduled on a hosted basis. As a tour guide, you would relate the history of the Huntington’s and why the house was built. You would take the visitors through the individual rooms and talk about how they were used. Training by the Park’s Interpretive Ranger would be required.
Park Contact person: Elizabeth Moses, Interpretive Ranger 237-2162
Record volunteer hours at Host Cart at Atalaya.

AT ALA YA VISITORS’ CENTER HOST: The Visitors’ Center is staffed by Friends’ volunteers from March-1st to October 31st based on a posted scheduler Hosts would answer questions and’ provide additional interpretive information about the Huntington’s and Atalaya. Any new docents’ would need to train with the Atalaya Interpretive Ranger.
Park Contact person: Elizabeth Moses, Interpretive Ranger, 237-2162
Friends Contact Persons: Karen White, 650-3657, and Sue Green, 215-3357,
Record volunteer hours at Host Cart at Atalaya.

ATALAYA ROVING INTERPRETER: Roving interpreters will go through training to learn the same information as tour guides, but will walk around Atalaya to answer guests’ questions, greet visitors, and keep an eye on Atalaya. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of hours per week.
Park Contact Person: Elizabeth Moses, Interpretive Ranger, 237-2162
Record volunteer hours at Host Cart at Atalaya.

SPECIAL PROJECTS: Some of the special projects where help would be needed include: The Discover Carolina Program for school children, Secrets of the Salt Marsh Program, general help on the Fourth of July Holiday, patrolling the Primitive Campground area, painting and retouching decoys, hammering down exposed nail heads on walkways, maintaining electric fences, 3-in-1 Day, Arts and Crafts Festival, Atalaya Holiday Celebration, and Wildlife and History Day.
Park Contact person: Mike Walker, 235-8755 for the Discover Carolina Program, Secrets of the Salt Marsh, fourth of July, patrolling the Primitive Campground, painting, retouching, hammering, and maintenance of electric fences.
Friends Contact Person: for 3-in-1 Day, Arts and Crafts Festival, Atalaya Holiday Celebration, and Wildlife and History Day
Record volunteer hours on sign-up sheet the day of the event

ALLIGATOR TOURS: Park visitors always want to know about the alligators in the park. A Friends volunteer offers two weekly tours to visit the alligators and educates visitors about their habits, teeth, length, food, and danger. Tours are given during June, July, and August.
Park Contact person: Mike Walker, 235-8755
Friends Contact Person: Spence Crow, 651-4278
Record volunteer hours at the Education Center.

FUNDRAISING: As the Park’s needs increase, there is a need for the Friends to do more fundraising activities and grant writing. We need volunteers to come up with new ideas, and then plan and work towards their completion.
Park Contact Person: Brenda Magers, 237-2162
Friends Contact Person: Bob LeClerc, 360-1825
Record volunteer hours at the Education Center.

FRONT GATE MONITORING AND SPECIAL EVENT PARKING: During weekends and special events there is a real need for someone to help check passes at the front gate. This volunteer needs to be able to stand for four hours as he/she would be stationed before the guardhouse window. Also, ”
during big events at the park, the staff can always use help parking cars.
Friends Contact Person: Spence Crow, 651-4278

PLEASE NOTE: Whenever you are volunteering at the park, please wear your Friends shirt and your membership badge to identify yourself as part of the volunteer force.