Volunteering is a great way to build skills, meet people, and give back to the community all while having fun. We invite and encourage individuals and groups of all backgrounds and ages to get involved and help grow a stronger community.
ROC offers many types of volunteer opportunities throughout the year with varying levels of involvement and physical activity. Our volunteer opportunities include trail projects, fundraising events, festivals, group outings, clean-ups and more. We also have Trail Boss and River Steward programs for those who would like to take special interest in a certain section of trail or river.
ROC in partnership with Town of Lake Lure and Rutherford County host an AmeriCorps position with CMLC’s Project Conserve. This is a National Service program in which members come from across the nation to dedicate themselves to serving western North Carolina for an 11 month service term. The program focuses on collaboration with nonprofit organizations, community groups and local governments to provide service throughout the region.
The Trails Coordinator is the main contact for volunteers to help with trail projects and group hikes. To get involved contact the Trails Coordinator . He can also be contacted by phone at 828-351-4294.
Robin Schultze is our Trails Coordinator. He will be helping to expand and improve Rutherford County’s growing trail system and community connection to public lands. He is a native of Nahunta, Georgia. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and recently finished his master's degree in Ecology and Land-Use Planning at the University of Michigan.
The goal of our Trail Boss and River Steward programs is to create a team of dedicated volunteer leaders that take special interest and ownership of our tail systems, protecting and preserving them for generations to come.
Our Trail Bosses and River Stewards get out on the trails and river on a regular basis and are asked to report any issues, assist with minor maintenance, and help to keep their sections clean.
If you are interested in becoming a Trail Boss or River Steward please contact our Trails Coordinator.
Keep your maps in a plastic bag to protect them from the rain and know how to use them. GPS units are great, but they are not substitutes for knowing how to use a map and compass.