Volunteer Information

volunteerHow about challenging yet rewarding outdoor experiences that leave you with a great amount of personal satisfaction at the end of the day? If you have that desire come and join our "TEAM". As a Forest Service Volunteer on Team Conasauga, there are over 300 miles of trails that you can help put much TLC (trail loving care) back into for this precious resource. Volunteering gives you a chance to work side by side with our district employees and seasoned Volunteer Crew Leaders while learning more about places like the Cohutta Wilderness, the Pinhoti Trail and Georgia's distinctly different ridge and valley region located west of Dalton. Another plus is that you will enjoy the camaraderie of other people who share your love for the outdoors. The award-winning Conasauga Ranger District Forest Service Volunteer program works like this:

Volunteers work (work=fun here) as often as they like. Some come once or twice a year. Others once or twice a month. Our program runs year round. There is always something going on, always work to be done. Trail maintenance involves: clearing blown down trees and limbs, swingblading, trimming, water bar maintenance and construction to prevent erosion, campsite cleanup and rehabilitation, and more!

volunteerWhat is a typical work day like? Generally we meet at the designated trailhead around 9:00 am, discuss the plan for the day and do a quick safety brief. We then hike to the start of the work - generally 0 to 2 miles. The group then gets spread out tackling the assigned tasks. We almost always work in pairs with each pair tackling a short section of trail. When that section is complete the pair leapfrogs past all the other groups to the next open section. In this way we get to take hike breaks while we work. We'll usually take lunch as a group around noon and then finish up by 2:00 pm. We try to be back at the trail head by 3:00. Often we'll enjoy food and fellowship for a bit afterwards - frequently home made chili and soups!

Trail Volunteers also receive the prestigious U.S. Forest Service Region 8 Trail Volunteer patch and additional rocker patches as they build up hours along the way. These are earned after 40 hours on the trail.

First-time volunteers should print and fill out the Volunteer Agreement provided below.

Volunteer Schedule

View or join our Meetup group to receive updated information.

To sign up and obtain information regarding details of the specific workdays, any questions you may have about workdays, and/or CARPOOLING ASSISTANCE FOR ANY WORKDAY, contact Robert Edmondson (RAEhiker@gmail.com) or Larry Thomas (lrthomas68@gmail.com)

To obtain additional information about the Conasauga District and other volunteer opportunities, contact Karen Larsen of the U.S. Forest Service in Chatsworth. Call: 706-695-6736, Ext. 103 or e-mail: kalarsen@fs.fed.us

Current Workday Schedule

Core Activities

• Clear undergrowth and trim tree branches and bushes that have overgrown the trail right-of-way. Our tools include loppers, pruning saws and slingblades.

• Build and maintain waterbars or berms to divert rainwater from the trail. Our tools include pulaskis, fire rakes and shovels.

• Clear trees that have fallen on the trail right-of-way using crosscut saws within the wilderness and power saws elsewhere.

• Restore backcountry campsites using shovels and pulaskis.

"Volunteer Agreement"

Volunteers must have a Volunteer Agreement on file with the Forest Service before doing any work. The agreement basically states that you are working for the good of mankind, not for pay, and provides protections for both you and the Forest Service should something unfortunate happen. Use the link below to view a copy of the agreement, print it and fill out the appropriate areas on page 1 (items 1,2,6,7,8,9). Your completed form should be mailed to:

Diana Mullen
Conasauga Ranger District
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
3941 Hwy 76
Chatsworth, GA 30705

Phone: 706 / 695-6736 Ext. 103

Get Volunteer Agreement

Please note that due to the rugged nature of our tasks alcohol is not permitted at Team Conasauga functions.