Volunteer in South Carolina State Parks

The South Carolina State Park Service has benefited greatly from a variety of volunteer efforts over the years. In 1978, the state legislature authorized the South Carolina “Volunteers in Parks” program (Act 554). The major objective of the program is to use voluntary assistance that is mutually beneficial to both the state parks and our volunteers.

Each park directs the volunteer program and activities at the park. Park staff matches the volunteer’s time, interest, and experience with the park’s specific needs. 

Traditionally, the State Park Service has benefited from volunteers serving as maintenance workers, clerical aides, living history program aides, and campground hosts. In more recent years, there has been an increased effort to improve and enhance visitor contact through new and renovated park facilities, increased recreational and educational programs, and increased natural resource management and wildlife projects. This has provided even more opportunities for interested volunteers to become more involved in their state parks.

How do I become a volunteer?

Anyone may become a state park volunteer. Interested persons should submit their completed volunteer application to the park(s) where they want to offer their time and services. A personal interview is usually scheduled to establish where an applicant’s talents may best be used to mutually benefit the park and the volunteer. Find park information, addresses, and phone numbers here. Volunteers may be “regular-service” volunteers engaged in specific service activities on an ongoing basis, or they may be “occasional-service” volunteers providing a one-time service. They could even be a “material donor” providing funds, materials, or services.

Areas of Volunteer Interest

  • General Park Work
  • Maintenance/Construction
  • Campground Host
  • Environmental Education Instructor
  • Visitors/Interpretive Center Host
  • History Programs Instructor
  • Recreation Programs Instructor
  • Trail Maintenance
  • Tree Planting
  • Biological Surveys
  • Archeological/Cultural Surveys
  • Clerical
  • Other

Park/Campground Host Program

The park/campground host program is a successful part of the “Volunteers in Parks” opportunity. It is conducted only at parks with a campground operation and where the regional manager has determined a host will serve a genuine need of the park. The primary objective of the host is to serve as a park representative, providing information and assistance to park visitors. The host also assists with other park/campground operations, as determined necessary.

The host provides a minimum of 20 hours per week. Park/campground hosts must be in good health and physical condition and must be able to deal tactfully and cordially with the public.

For more information about volunteering, reach out to the park where you want to volunteer.

Current Park Host Opportunities 

Aiken State Park - April 2024 and beyond 

Edisto Beach State Park - Summer 2024

Hunting Island State Park

Lake Wateree State Park

Little Pee Dee

Santee State Park - May through October 2024

This is not a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities and additional opportunities may be added later. Interested persons should submit their completed volunteer application to the park(s) where they want to offer their time and services.

Updated March 2024