Volunteer

Tremont loves its volunteers and would not be able to accomplish its goals without their dedicated help. We recruit volunteers who appreciate the wonders of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and stand behind our mission to connect people with nature.

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Annual Volunteer Work Day

Thank you to everyone who helped during our 2019 Annual Volunteer Work Day!

To minimize risk of exposure to the coronavirus, we will not be holding a Volunteer Work Day in 2020. Stay tuned as we explore options for a small work day in the spring of 2021.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunities may include: splitting firewood, raking leaves, mulching and spreading gravel, campus cleanup, weed eating/mowing, general housekeeping, and painting.

Opportunities may include: file organization, addressing and stuffing envelopes for mailing, assisting the store manager in bagging items and answering general patron questions, and database entry.

Opportunities may include: silent auction procurement, donor brochure distribution, thank you letters, addressing and stuffing envelopes, and compiling board member packets.

Opportunities may include: booth representation at community events, sharing Tremont’s story with the community, and distributing program flyers and catalogs in the community.

Opportunities may include: updating signage around campus, graphic design, and assisting with mailings.

Opportunities may include: photographing campus, programs, or special events.

Opportunities may include: picking out decor, event errands, set up and cleanup on the day of the event, compiling name tags, and general event organization.

Opportunities may include: bird banding, CO2 monitoring, eDNA, Hemlock Health, LOWA, monarch tagging, otterspotter, phenology, pond amphibian, salamander monitoring, soil monitoring, Caterpillars Count!, terrestrial invertebrates, snails, lichen monitoring, and iNaturalist.

As a volunteer you are regarded as a valuable resource to Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, as well as for our staff. Experienced and knowledgeable volunteers are essential in allowing us to move forward in our mission to connect people with nature.

We extend these rights to our volunteers:

  • To have proper orientation, training, and supervisions to meet the responsibilities of the position.
  • To refuse any task that you feel is beyond your physical limitations or with which you feel uncomfortable.
  • To receive feedback regarding your performance.
  • To contact the Volunteer Coordinator if any difficulties are experienced with any assignment.
  • To make suggestions regarding ways in which we might better accomplish our respective tasks.

Volunteers who accept the responsibility and challenge of our volunteer program are expected:

  • To abide by the policies and procedures of GSMIT.
  • To keep records and health forms up to date.
  • To record the number of hours worked.
  • To report accidents or injuries with the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • To endeavor to be flexible in accepting assignments, perform assigned responsibilities willingly and courteously, to the best of their ability, and accept the guidance of their Tremont supervisor(s).
  • To provide timely notification in the event of absence or adjustment to schedule.
  • To serve as good will ambassador and communicator of the mission of GSMIT within the community.