Volunteer Information

VolunteersVolunteer Program

We need your help! As a volunteer, you can:

  • Work outdoors
  • Meet new people
  • Learn alongside knowledgeable professionals
  • Achieve a proud sense of contributing to the future of the nation
  • Plus, it's just plain fun!



Making a Difference!!!

Leave a legacy by volunteering to preserve the recreation and natural resources at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes.

In this era of government downsizing, agencies have become increasingly reliant on the assistance of private citizens. These volunteers play a vital role for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Hartwell Lake. Lake Hartwell is located near Anderson, SC; however, located far enough out of the city to provide a truly natural environment yet very accessible to many large metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, GA and Greenville, SC. As a volunteer, you will be part of a team that works together to conserve our nation’s recreation resources keeping valuable assets accessible to the public. In many cases, volunteer park hosts, and park gate attendants, are the first contact the public has with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Everyone can Leave a Legacy of Service

Anyone can volunteer at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilities: Scout units, civic organizations, local businesses, youth centers, school groups, retirees, and more. All of these volunteers assist us in building and maintaining our recreational facilities, as well as developing natural areas where animals and plants can thrive.

You can become part of the team and help us meet our missions for the nation. We need volunteers for a wide variety of operational activities including:

  • Water safety programs
  • Adopt-A-Park program
  • Park attendant/hosts
  • Tree plantings
  • Trail work
  • Wildlife nesting program
  • Community outreach
  • Park Watch
  • Shoreline and park clean-up
  • Fish attractors
  • Clerical administrative assistance
  • Buoy inspections
  • Assist with the life jacket loaner program
  • Marking timber
  • Visitor center operations
  • Boat patrol with park rangers
  • Updating bulletin boards in parks

Volunteer Village

If you do not live in the area, volunteer campsites may be available at our Volunteer Village or certain designated campsites in our campgrounds. Volunteers work a minimum of 25 hours per week for a single, and 35 hours per week for a couple and are provided a campsite (with full hook-ups) during their commitment to our team, however, must have their own self contained RV. Time commitments vary, but we prefer those who can commit for a minimum of 6 months.

If you are interested in a fun and challenging experience as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Volunteer, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Annette Dotson by email or phone at 706-856-0305 or 1-888-0893-0678, ext. 0305 for information.

Volunteer Application for Natural Resources Agencies

If you're interested in volunteer opportunities at other U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects visit the Federal Volunteer Opportunities at https://www.volunteer.gov/, or call the volunteer hotline at 1-800-VOL-TEER.


Hartwell Lake Adopt-A-Shoreline Program

The Savannah District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Lake Office and the Lake Hartwell Association (LHA) invite local residents, scout groups, civic clubs, and other potential volunteers to join year-round efforts in maintaining a clean and inviting environment for all lake visitors.  As always, your help is needed!  Volunteers from scout groups, civic clubs, local residents, businesses, family units and friends of the lake are needed to pick up litter and other non-natural debris on and around Hartwell Lake.

Potential volunteers can sign up and/or obtain a list of adoptable areas by contacting Park Ranger Annette Dotson at 888-893-0678, ext. 0305# or at annette.r.dotson@usace.army.mil


Please address mail as:

Hartwell Lake Project Office
ATTN: Annette Dotson
5625 Anderson Highway
Hartwell, Georgia 30643-5259

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