Volunteer Opportunities

River Access Improvement

Volunteer FormWe need to move some rocks. The access site at the Great Road is heavily used and a perfect spot releases. The Smith River is dynamic causes for wading and fishing, It is also used extensively by kids for the Trout in the Classroom trout some erosion along the banks that are clear of trees. Most of the time we would just plant trees to help mitigate the erosion, however, we need some clear space along the bank at this access. To effect the restoration we will be moving rocks from the shoals in the river to form a jetty just upstream of the clear bank. This will create an eddy and help form a sand bar deposit along the banks below the jetty. This work will require volunteers under supervision to get wet and do some lifting. Location:  Great Road Access, Fieldale, VA 

Email or call Brian Williams bwilliams@danriver.org or 276-618-1457

Smith River Fest

All types of friendly faces needed for various duties including;  parking, visitor services, safety boaters on the river, help with the mud run and general duties. To volunteer contact Brian Williams by email bwilliams@danriver.org or phone 276-618-1457

Water Quality Monitors


Learn how to test the quality of our local rivers and streams. Special focus on Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill sections of the Dan River. Training is required.
Email Krista Hodges or call 276-634-2592

Note: Water Quality Monitors are especially needed in the Danville, VA area for January-December 2015. Volunteers must be willing to commit to the full year of service. Click here or contact Amy Farinelli to learn more. 

Art In Nature Auction Volunteer

(January - September)

Help acquire art pieces for DRBA's annual Art in Nature Auction.  Email Tiffany Haworth or call 336-627-6270 for more information.

Trout in the Classroom Assistant

(October - May)

Help out in a classroom or at a trout release. Also need help maintaining trout tanks by checking chillers etc. Background check may be required.
Email Krista Hodges or call 276-634-2592

DRBA Presenters


Do you have knowledge about the environment that children or adults need to know about? If you have a topic related to protecting and/or preserving our natural resources, you could become a DRBA presenter in local classrooms, companies, organizations and/or special events. Background check may be required for classroom presenters. Email drba.nc@danriver.org or call 336-627-6270.

Philpott Lake Volunteer Opportunities

(To become a volunteer or for more information, call 276-634-2545

  • Trail Building - There are plans to connect and improve trails around Philpott Lake and volunteers will be needed! No experience necessary.
  • Beach Watch - The rangers at Philpott Lake have many important duties, these include making sure that visitors have fun safely. You can help them out by signing up for beach watch at one of the parks. Free training is provided.
  • Water Quality Testing - Help us protect your waterways by monitoring the status of water quality in Philpott Lake and its tributaries. Training is provided. 
  • Outings - Assist in organizing and guiding group outings at Philpott; use your knowledge of the Lake and its Parks to make sure that others appreciate it as much as you do.
  • Trash Pickup - Help keep Philpott Lake and its parks clean and healthy by picking up litter.
  • Fundraising - Play a major role in implementing projects to improve Philpott's parks, camping areas, playgrounds, trails, and access points by helping to raise the necessary funds.  
  • Interpretive Programs/Presentations - Pass along your knowledge of the environment and culture surrounding Philpott Lake by presenting to groups of visitors.
  • Events & Festivals - Get involved with events that celebrate everything Philpott has to offer. Volunteers can help by assisting in the planning, promoting, set-up and clean-up of events as well as attending booths and displays.

Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail

DRBA is seeking volunteers to help on the trail. Volunteer teams will use hand tools to perform finishing work on the trail  that includes mild dirt scraping, using loppers to remove vegetation, and tamping down the trail bed. Restrooms are available and drinks and snacks are provided. A typical volunteer work session is 3 - 4 hours and includes a safety talk prior to beginning work. Volunteers should dress in layers, bring gloves, bug spray, sun protection, and protective eye wear. Tennis shoes or hiking boots are acceptable footwear.