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National Park needs volunteers for bookstore at Dollywood

GATLINBURG -- Volunteers are needed to work at a Park bookstore located at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge. This is part of the Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) program of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The park's cooperating association, Great Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA), needs volunteers to assist with the answering of park related questions and staffing of a hands-on exhibit table at Ranger Rob's, a GSMA store located within Dollywood. The store sells park related items including guides, maps, outdoor apparel, and books focusing on the Park's natural and cultural features. The Dollywood store attracts an audience who are interested in Great Smoky Mountains National Park information and trip planning assistance from Park VIPs.

"The Association is a significant partner and so are our volunteers. Volunteer assistance at this location will go a long way in informing visitors about how to experience the great recreational and scenic opportunities provided by Great Smoky Mountains National Park," said Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson.

Volunteers will be working alongside GSMA employees and will be asked to commit to serve at least one 3-hour shift per week at the information exhibit table. The season runs from late March through September. The shift hours will vary depending on the season but will be during the mid-morning or late afternoon. Interested persons will be required to attend training and orientation sessions which will be provided by the park and GSMA.

To volunteer for the park or for more information, contact Dana Soehn, Volunteer Coordinator, at 865-436-1265.

Published February 12, 2012

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