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Volunteers play a critical role in the success of Lake Sidney Lanier contributing needed assistance to our staff and without their support we wouldn't be able to accomplish our mission. Every year volunteers work hard to improve the park’s aesthetics with cleanup efforts, assist with wildlife management and help out in countless other ways. If it were not for the dedication of volunteers at Lake Lanier, the project would not function as smoothly as it currently does.

Volunteer Village

The purpose of the Volunteer Village is to provide a central location and staging area for volunteers who desire to camp at Lake Sidney Lanier. Individuals who support the Volunteer Village will work a minimum of 20 hours a campsite per week on various assignments in exchange for free camping privileges at the Village. Volunteers will be selected according to their qualifications, skills, and experience as they relate to various volunteer projects.

Volunteers will be required to exhibit or develop a positive and helpful attitude towards visitors, the ability to perform specific tasks, the aptitude to understand and follow instructions, flexibility to work in various settings, the ability to work with a wide range of cultures, an understanding of the mission/purpose of the Corps of Engineers and the Lake Sidney Lanier Project, a thorough understanding of water safety/boating laws applicable to Lake Sidney Lanier, a working knowledge of public facilities available at Lake Sidney Lanier, and a working knowledge of county, state, and federal agencies associated with Lake Sidney Lanier.

Village Description

The Volunteer Village Complex has 7 campsites. Each campsite has a water and sewage hookup as well as 50 amp electrical service. A meeting pavilion and storage facility is located in the center of the complex. The area has telephone service which the volunteers can connect to at their expense. The village is located adjacent to Buford Dam Park and is approximately 15 minutes from shopping centers and restaurants.


While performing various services, volunteers will be required to wear a volunteer uniform. The uniform will consist of a white short or long sleeve cotton shirt with volunteer patch on the left arm, khaki pants, a red baseball hat with volunteer patch, and a volunteer name tag. The patches, baseball hat and name tag will be provided by the Corps. Shirts and pants must be provided by the volunteer. Clothing is expected to be kept clean and in good repair so as to provide a positive image to our visitors.

Program Coordination

The Volunteer Village Program is coordinated by the Corps interpretive park ranger. The interpreter is responsible for the development and implementation of the program, training of volunteers, work assignments, scheduling and meeting reporting requirements. In addition, a volunteer team leader may be designated to handle scheduling and reporting functions.

Volunteer Agreement Termination

The Corps of Engineers or the volunteer may cancel the volunteer agreement at any time by written notice.
For more information about the volunteer program at Lake Sidney Lanier, please contact us.

Volunteer Examples

  • Boat Patrol / Shoreline Inspections with Park Rangers

  • Community Relations / Marketing

  • Environmental Support

  • Tours

  • Water Safety Instruction

  • Shoreline / Park Maintenance

  • Construction