Chaco Culture NHP is accepting campground host applications for April through November. We are looking for positive people and positive time commitments.
The position of Campground Host is under the supervision of the Law Enforcement Division of Chaco Culture National Historical Park (NHP). The Law Enforcement Division is responsible for the protection and safety of the staff, visitors, natural and cultural resources within the Park boundaries. The Chief Ranger is the Campground Host’s direct Supervisor.
As the Campground Host, you are a visible and identifiable representative of Chaco Culture NHP. When responding to questions and rendering assistance to the public the Campground Host displays a positive, courteous, and helpful demeanor. You are expected to maintain a groomed appearance, wear a volunteer uniform, name tag, and cap (all provided) when working with visitors.
Learn NPS fee regulations and applicable discounts, learns rules for individual and group campsites. Check out, carry and use NPS radio and battery charger. Learn the area.
- Greet campground visitors, inform them of campground rules and regulations and seek voluntary compliance with those regulations. Provide information and assistance, if needed.
- Alert campers to any restrictions that are in effect.
- Inform campers in campsites of fee regulations for both entrance fees and camping fees. If there are problems or issues, contact law enforcement ranger.
- Monitor camper activity to ensure rules are being followed. If there is any suspicious, unusual persons, situations, violations and/or emergencies report them to Law Enforcement immediately.
- Pull expired fee slips from campsite posts. Make rounds in the mornings and evenings to check on campers and inform them of any programs which may be happening that evening.
- Conduct light grounds maintenance; removing ashes from fire rings, rake campsites, pick-up litter from campsites and general campground area, pull weeds, clean restrooms, and stock toilet paper.
- Notify maintenance of any problems that may exist such as water leaks in restrooms, toilet or sink problems, etc.
- Communicate with Visitor Center regarding vacancy or full status of the campground.
- Assistance with fee reconciliation when needed and directed by your direct supervisor.
Site Stewardship Program: (Highly recommended however not mandatory)
The SiteWatch Program is partnership of public land-management agencies, nonprofit preservation organizations and individuals, and private land owners whom wish to strengthen efforts to protect New Mexico’s archaeological rich and world famous archaeological heritage. The program is coordinated by the Historic Preservation Division, which operates from Santa Fe, but the program itself works at the community level.
Chaco Culture NHP, wishing to strengthen its efforts to protect the park’s national and international archaeological and cultural heritage has modeled its program on the highly successful state SiteWatch program.
Archaeological sites in the campground which are being impacted by campers and it has been determined that a systematic approach to protect the sites was needed. Since Hosts are a consistent presence in the campground, the ideal solution was to include the Campground Host/s in the monitoring of those sites as part of their volunteer responsibilities.
To effectively monitor cultural properties, all interested Hosts will be provided with a well-designed training process in which they will acquire the ability and resources to monitor and properly deal with issues related to their stewardship duties. If interested, please let your supervisor, the Chief Ranger, know and he will put you in touch with the individual who runs the program.
Required shifts & length of volunteer commitment:
When enough Campground Host/s are available, the suggested work schedule is three (3) days on; three (3) days off. However, other work schedules are worked out when there are less than three. The campground supervisor will discuss this with you either prior to or upon arrival at Chaco.
The Park requires a minimum of a thirty (30) day commitment for Campground Host.
Hazards that could be encountered may include stinging or biting insects, rattlesnakes, potentially hazardous wildlife, steep slopes, rock falls near cliffs, high winds, lightning strikes, and running arroyos. There is a potential for heat stroke in the summer and hypothermia in the winter. Summer highs in the mid-90s with the occasionally 100 degrees F. Winter weather has the potential for temperatures in the 20s - 30s degree F. with the potential lows below 0 degree F.
A gravel/dirt parking space with electrical, non-potable water, and sewer hookups are provided for Campground Hosts in exchange for 32 hours of coverage each week which include weekends. There is also a travel trailer available for occupancy if an individual wishes to be a Campground Host but does not have their own RV. Tent camping is permitted in Hosts sites.
- Position available October and/or November
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