• Campground Host • Construction/Maintenance • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Assist with the posting of reservations daily. Greet the public and assist with questions. Compliance checks to assure fee is paid at the Self Service Fee Station. Clean the campground, showers, and bathrooms. Mow the lawn in camground only. Water the lawn. Clean BBQ and firerings. Weedeat as necessary. Keep trash picked up in campground.
Sycamore Grove Campground is a 30 site campground located on the Sacramento River in Northern California. Approximatey 5 miles of walking and biking trails. Plenty of opportunity for wildlife viewing, and if you love to fish, this is the place to be.
The Red Bluff Recreation Area offers you the chance to host on the Mendocino National Forest, but yet be only 3 miles away from restaurants and the conviences the city of Red Bluff has to offer. Ths is a permanent position.
• Conservation Education • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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October 1, 2016: Host couple is needed to staff the Visitor Center at the spectacular Cape Perpetua Scenic Area in the Siuslaw National Forest. We are seeking a host couple to represent the U.S. Forest Service and connect the public to the unique natural and cultural wonders of the Scenic Area. This is a fun, rewarding job which allows creativity, flexibility and opportunities for personal growth.
Meet visitors from around the world as you together with a dedicated team of local volunteers, hosts, and FS staff with variety of backgrounds and experience levels. Training will be provided from resource experts and interpreters, and you will also have chances to join FS personnel in the field.
Hosts are asked to volunteer at least 3-4 days each week with sometimes variable hours. The Host’s main duty will be to staff the front desk of the Visitor Center. We need people who enjoy providing excellent customer service and who enjoy learning about the natural and cultural features of this Forest. Hosts will also be able to rove the trails to contact visitors, lead interpretive programs, and work on independent and team projects.
We offer a site for a RV right on site Cape Perpetua. Hookups include water, sewer, 30 amp electrical and reimbursements for propane usage. There is a washer/drier on site and wireless internet service.
The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area has 27 miles of hiking trails, magnificent old-growth coastal rainforests, wilderness areas, rocky shore tide-pools, beaches, and an off-shore Marine Reserve. Nearby are the small coastal towns of Waldport and Yachats, “Gem of the Oregon Coast. This is a very desirable spot and a fun and rewarding job! Please visit the Cape Perpetua portion of the Siuslaw National Forest web site for photos and information (http://www.fs.usda.gov/siuslaw) or go to “Discover Cape Perpetua” and “Discover Siuslaw National Forest” on Facebook. Thanks for your interest!
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: We offer a site for a RV right on site Cape Perpetua. Hookups include water, sewer, 30 amp electrical and reimbursements for propane usage. There is a washer/dryer on site and wireless internet service.
Description: The beautiful National Forest of El Yunque offers one of the most diverse ecosystems and landscapes for the entire world to see and connect. Located in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, El Yunque is one of the few tropical cloud forests in the mountains, and it stands out for influencing local tourism, economy and social activities. In recent years, graffiti vandalism have been negatively affecting the beauty of picnic shelters structures and other natural features.
We are looking for enthusiastic and energetic volunteers able to restore these vandalized structures removing the graffiti damages and improving the clean appearance of recreational sites and able to communicate and educate forest visitors about this problem while conducting these restorations tasks.
Opportunity Duties and Responsibilities: Volunteers are needed to remove graffiti vandalism to help maintain the appearance of La Mina Trail picnic structures, buildings and natural features within the forest. Volunteers will remove graffiti from site buildings, structures and other natural features throughout this forest trail. Volunteer will be walking varied distances over uneven terrain, using graffiti-removing products, scrub brushes, application brushes and rollers, spray bottle applicators and power washer tools if needed.
Must be able to work outside in varying weather conditions. Volunteers will need appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE); i.e., nose and mouth mask, gloves, eye protection, food and water. Proper footwear-closed toe shoes (boots or tennis shoes) must be worn at all times. Lifting, kneeling, bending over, and walking can be expected
Must be in good health and physical condition as some locations are difficult to access. Training will be provided as required to safely handle graffiti removal products and operate power equipment if available and/or used.
This opportunity is ideal for organized groups such as Girl Scout Troops, Boy Scout Troops, and others.
• Construction/Maintenance • Historical Preservation • Office/Clerical • Other • Visitor Information
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Ranger Station & Rental Cabin Host, Stub Creek
Historic 1930's era log cabin ranger station in northern Colorado Rockies is looking for hosts to help with site caretaking, cabin rental guest check-in and visitor information this summer. Your nearest neighbors in this gorgeous mountain setting are the moose that graze along trout-filled Stub Creek. Stub Creek Ranger Station offers a complete Colorado mountain package.
Host-couples live on-site for the summer. Bring your RV and hook up to our free host site.
Hosts provide recreation information and forest map sales to visitors and rental cabin guests, check cabin guests in/out, perform basic grounds keeping and building maintenance, and clean one cabin, an office building, and one outhouse.
Built in 1936, historic log Stub Creek Ranger Station is located about 75 miles northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado, via 65 miles of paved State Highway 14, and 17 miles of gravel County Roads 103 & 190 (two wheel drive OK). Stub Creek Ranger Station is located at 8,400 in elevation. Stub Creek runs through the site, and the larger Laramie River is nearby. Both are trout streams. Basic amenities are 1.25 hours away in Laramie, Wyoming.
Attractions include nearby fishing, hiking, bicycling, horse riding, fall hunting, and motorized recreation.
Couples are needed!
NOTE: One of our hosts had to leave unexpectedly, so we need another host couple as soon as possible!
One person does maintenance and grounds keeping, one runs the information office. The rental cabin also needs to be cleaned and restocked with firewood after each guest departs.
Work schedule is 4 days on (32 hours per week) /3 days off, 9 AM to 5 PM
This is a relaxed, low-visitation site, with plenty of time to spend chatting with our visitors and cabin guests.
Skills needed: We are looking for flexible, friendly self-starters who are able to work independently of direct supervision (supervisor is in Fort Collins), can work well with another host couple, have basic maintenance skills and enjoy a low-key work environment. Must be physically fit enough to live and work at 8,400 feet elevation.
On the application, Step 2, Special Interests section, describe your skills and experience related to the Opportunity Activities:
Construction/Maintenance/historical preservation: List your home maintenance and repair skills; advanced skills in repair a plus.
Visitor Information: Describe customer service and teamwork skills.
Provide two non-related reference names and phone numbers that know of your skills related to this position.
Host couples MUST come with your own camper or RV.
Summer days are mild; nights are cool. You may need your heater but you will not need AC.
For 2016, the rental cabin opens June 4 and closes September 25.
Hosts are on site from JUNE 1- SEPTEMBER 26.
NOTE: We need a host couple NOW! Due to unforseen circumstances, one of our hosts had to leave unexpectedly.
Check out the Stub Creek rental cabin at http://www.recreation.gov/camping/stub-creek-cabin/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73580
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Host couples: You MUST come with your own camper or RV. We provide hosts a free RV pad on a level, compacted gravel lot next to the bunkhouse, with 50 amp electric, water, sewer, and shared phone line (can access dial-up computer service subscriptions). No cell service at this location, but satellite TV does work. Got pets? They are welcome as long as they are kept in your camper when you are working and always leashed and attended when outdoors (this is cougar and bear country), and pet waste is cleaned up daily. Except for service animals, pets are not allowed in federal buildings. Note on application any pets you may be bringing.
Welcome to the Tahoe National Forest located in the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. This diverse landscape offers 850,000 acres of forests, meadows, lakes, rivers and snowcapped peaks, stretching from the Foothills east of Sacramento at an elevation of 1500ft, over the Pacific Crest at 9000ft and down to the Nevada state line near Reno.
The unique scenic, historic and recreation opportunities of the Tahoe National Forest, combined with its close proximity to multiple, major metropolitan areas attracts over six million visitors a year and creates one of the most popular National Forests in the country.
As a Campground Host, you will often be the first Forest Service representative the visiting public encounters and the first person they will consider for information regarding the area and their National Forest. Volunteer Campground Hosts are an integral part of the Forest recreation program and are critical in achieving the Forest service mission of “caring for the Land and Serving the people.” As such, we are seeking individuals who can represent the Tahoe National Forest in a professional and courteous manner.
Campground Hosts are expected to be available from mid-May to mid-October, five days a week with two consecutive days off per week. Longer breaks may be considered with prior approval. Hosts are requested to be available for public interaction the majority of the day and expected to make full campground rounds early in the morning and evening. Hosts are not expected to contact visitors after daylight hours or to participate in law enforcement activities.
Excellent candidates for these volunteer opportunities will have the following strengths:
Outgoing personality with strong verbal communication skills
Ability to perform light maintenance work in outdoor conditions
Ability to maintain daily written logs
Ability to interact with diverse visitors while maintaining a positive, helpful and non-confrontational attitude
Host Duties will include the following:
Welcoming visitors and providing appropriate Forest information
Informing visitors of Forest Regulations and campground Courtesy Rules
Encouraging fee compliance and Courtesy Rule adherence
Tracking daily arrivals and posting incoming reservations
Performing light landscape and bathroom maintenance.
Reporting emergencies and providing District Recreation staff with pertinent daily information
Setting a positive camping example for other forest visitors, keeping a clean, presentable and welcoming campsite and encouraging common courtesy throughout the campground.
Requirements of the opportunities include:
Pass a minimal background check and possess a valid state driver’s license.
Volunteer 4-6 hours a day / 20 hours weekly and be available other times for public interactions
Provide your own personal RV accommodations maintained to be welcoming and approachable by the public.
Local Recreation staff will provide full training and support in duties. Hosts perform daily responsibilities independently without direct supervision. Forest Recreation employees will make near daily contact to provide support, heavy maintenance and regulatory compliance. On the Tahoe National Forest, you will be working individually in your designated campground, but also as part of a larger Forest-wide campground host program with up to 35 other volunteer hosts. Specific campsite conditions vary greatly, from low-elevation riverside campgrounds to higher elevation, mountain, lakeside settings. The majority of Hosts sites have minimal services. Some may have electricity, some may have water and some have waste holding tanks.
The Sierraville Ranger District is recruiting 1 volunteer host position for the 2016 summer camping season. Specific campground settings can be viewed via the following links
With varying and possibly minimal site services in mind, the Tahoe National Forest reimburses Volunteer Hosts $40 daily for “on duty” days. This reimbursement is intended to cover out of pocket expenses related to transportation, subsistence, propane and generator fuel that are necessary, reasonable and arise as a result of voluntary work. In order to receive this reimbursement, Hosts must be US citizens or international volunteers holding J-1, F-1 or B-1 Visa’s.
In addition to Reimbursement, volunteer campground hosts will be provided a complimentary campsite for the season, uniform components and personal protective equipment for assigned duties. Certain sites may be provided a government golf cart or utility vehicle to perform official duties. Volunteer hosts who complete a full season in good standing will receive an Interagency Volunteer Pass, valid 12 months from the date of issue. This pass grants the holder / signee and up to 3 accompanying adult’s access to Federal Recreation sites, including BLM, FWS, NPS and USFS sites that charge standard entrance fees, (overnight camping excluded)
• Campground Host • Historical Preservation • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Please note:There is an urgent need for a volunteer for this position.
The Atlanta Cabin is located about 1/4 mile from the Middle Fork of the Boise River in the historic town of Atlanta, Idaho, and approximately 61.5 road miles east of Idaho City, Idaho. Atlanta has several historic buildings to visit. The Middle Fork River provides excellent trout fishing in the summer. Also, there is a hot springs about one mile from the cabin.
The host is responsible for Atlanta Guard Station and Rental Cabin, Power plant Campground, Queens River Campground Riverside Campground and transfer Site, responsibilities include general clean up and minor maintenance o camping units; and assistance with posting of reservations and collection of visitor statistics. Propane, sewer, water, radio, tools and supplies are provided. Reimbursement for subsistence is provided. Campground Host Cabin is available for use.
As a Campground Host, you will typically be expected to greet campers; give directions, answer questions, and hand out pamphlets if available; help campers feel at home; perform minor maintenance and inspect the cabin and campground; clean and/or stock restrooms; keep some records; and occasionally fill out forms. Needs to be able to collect fees as well as obtain a government driver’s license.
A Host must work well with people, be personable and neat in appearance. You may be required to be on-site five days per week, especially on weekends and heavy use holidays. A Host must generally be physically able to perform some raking, shoveling and sweeping. The most important job as a Campground Host is to provide an enjoyable camping experience for the public. The Host is the first and sometimes the only contact with campground users.
Campground hosts are needed at Running Deer and Wyandotte Campgrounds at Little Grass Valley Reservoir, which is located approximately 3 miles north of La Porte, California on the Plumas National Forest in the beautiful northern Sierra Nevada mountains. The recreation complex consists of 8 family campgrounds around the reservoir. The Feather River Ranger District is recruiting volunteer campground hosts for several of these campgrounds.
Volunteer campground hosts are frontline representatives of the Forest Service. Hosts are essential to our recreation program, helping provide enjoyable camping experiences. Duties include welcoming visitors, posting daily reservations, educating the public about the local area and regulations such as fire safety and quiet hours, monitoring fee compliance, and some minor maintenance as needed. Hosts assist Forest Service staff with customer service and overall care of the campgrounds and day use areas.
Hosts must be neat in appearance, respectful, and have good people skills. Typical work schedules include weekends and holidays. The season extends from mid-May through September or October, depending on weather conditions.
Little Grass Valley Recreation Area offers visitor opportunities for many recreation experiences. Three boat launch ramps provide access to the water for fishing, water-skiing, sailing, or simply touring on boats. There is a wheelchair-accessible fishing ramp at the dam. Two swim beaches provide excellent swimming and picnicking opportunities. The Lakeshore Trail (13 miles) winds around the entire lake and is open for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking. Visitors may also enjoy watching wildlife or exploring nearby historic gold mining towns.
The Plumas National Forest encompasses over a million acres of tree-covered mountains, filled with hundreds of high alpine lakes and thousands of miles of clear running streams. Elevations range from 3,000 to 8,000 feet. The area has four seasons with warm to hot days and warm to cool nights in the summer, and periodic snowstorms in the winter. Average annual precipitation is about 35~40 inches a year. Year-round, the county population is approximately 25,000. Within a half-day's drive or less are Lake Tahoe, Reno, Sacramento, Susanville, San Francisco, Redding, Chico, California coast, Lake Shasta, Lassen Volcanic National Park and a vast variety of activities and opportunities. Popular activities within Plumas County and the Plumas National Forest include hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, boating, white water rafting, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and wildlife viewing.
Diamond Lake Ranger District is accepting applications to fill one camp host position at Thielsen View Campground. Nested in the High Cascades along the shore of Diamond Lake, this shaded campground boasts stunning views of Mt. Thielsen and is a favorite among fishermen. This campground has 61 dry-camp sites, a boat ramp, vault toilets, and potable water. Nearby Broken Arrow and Diamond Lake Campground facilities are also available to Thielsen View Campground visitors and include additional boat ramps, fish cleaning stations, shower buildings and flush toilets. This campground has a combination of first-come first-serve sites and reservation sites. The Diamond Lake Gatehouse is located 5 miles away at Diamond Lake Campground and is staffed by Forest Service personnel. In addition, the Diamond Lake Visitor Center across from Diamond Lake Campground is staffed by volunteers to further assist visitors with questions. The Diamond Lake Resort north of Diamond Lake Campground is a full service resort offering boat rentals, lodging, meals, fishing licenses, gasoline, propane and limited grocery and camping supplies.
The Thielsen View host site has full electric, water and sewer hookups. Laundry room facilities are available for volunteers. Cell service is limited to a few cellphone providers. Emergency phones are available at nearby Diamond Lake Gatehouse, Diamond Lake Visitor Center and Diamond Lake Resort. Thielsen View Campground is centrally located to four full-service towns; Bend, Klamath Falls, Medford, and Roseburg, all approximately 2 hours away. Limited supplies can be purchased at the Diamond Lake Resort, including gasoline and propane.
Primary host duties include extending a warm welcome to visitors, answering questions about the local area, reminding visitors of campground rules such as keeping campsites clean and leashing pets, performing compliance checks, updating reservation sheets, and communicating visitor conflicts to FS staff. Other host duties involve helping with occasional campground needs such as picking up litter, cleaning picnic tables, grills and firepits, restocking toilet paper and fee envelopes, and communicating maintenance problems with FS staff. Restrooms are cleaned by a contractor. Must be able to bend, lift and walk comfortably. Ability to use tools such as rakes, brooms, pruners, and shovels is preferred.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: Host site with full hook-ups (electric, water and sewer). Laundry rooms are available.
Enjoy the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and help greet visitors at our headquarters. In the mountains of southwest Virginia, the Pat Jennings Visitor Center is located in a peaceful mountain setting and adjacent to the Appalachian Trail.
Volunteers are needed for weekend and holiday staffing for 6 to 8 hours per day. Duties include greeting visitors, selling maps and interpretive materials, answering the phone, and light housekeeping.
Camping with electric and water hookups are available. A minimum 2 month commitment is requested.
For additional information please contact Sue Combs at (276) 783-5196 or (800) 628-7202.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Housing may be available.
• Campground Host • Construction/Maintenance • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Become a Campground Host in the heart of Bigfoot Country along the Trinity Scenic Byway!
Located along Highway 299 seven miles west of the town of Willow Creek, California in the the Six Rivers National Forest, this small campground is located along the cool, shady banks of Willow Creek with 10 campsites. At approximately 1600 feet elevation, summer temperatures can reach the low 100 with cool evenings; however, the campground's location provides relief from the heat.
Willow Creek is a small, full service community located along the Wild and Scenic-classified Trinity River. There are numerous recreation opportunities including rafting, swimming, fishing, hiking, golfing, hunting and wildlife watching. Eureka, California is just 45 minutes to the west. Most areas of the Forest are open year round, offering visitors a variety of recreational activities.
Camp Host Duties:
Greet Forest visitors with a friendly and helpfull attitude and assists with campsite registration, answers questions and assures compliance of regulations.
Keep restrooms and campsites neat and clean
Perform light maintenance of campsites and trail to creek.
Maintain a neat, clean, organized host site as an example to visiting public.
Represent the Six Rivers National Forest in a professional, courteous manner and show a presence of authority. Reports any law enforcement issues to Law Enforcement personnel and Recreation staff.
Keep supervisor appraised of any issues regarding campers, campsite facilites or maintenance needs.
Report any hazards in or out of the campground to Recreation staff.
Report campground occupancy daily to District office. All required tools and supplies will be provided.
Benefits of Joining the Team: As campground host, you will recieve a free large campsite with electricity (generator), non-potable water, and there are no sewer hook-ups, however the restrooms are adjacent to the host site. You will also recieve a partial uniform and become a member of a volunteer team of camp hosts providing similar services in eight other campgrounds. A small reimbursement of incidental expenses may be available depending on the availability of funds
Volunteer requirements: To be considered for this position, you will need a trailer/RV or 5th Wheel (not provided by Forest Service) to serve as your residence for the summer while serving as camp host. The typical season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends and will require a 5-day service week, which will be Thursday through Monday. Week-end and holiday work are mandatory.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: To be considered for this position, you will need a trailer/RV or 5th Wheel (not provided by Forest Service) to serve as your residence for the summer.
• Botany • Campground Host • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Back Country/Wilderness
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Join the Six Rivers Volunteer Team! Award-winning volunteer program located in the heart of the Klamath Mountains. Surrounded by Wilderness areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Scenic Byways, abundant wildlife and some of the best fishing in the state, this opportunity won't be available for long.
Fish Lake Campground is located approximately 1780 feet above sea level in a mixed hardwood and conifer forest with many fir and Port-Orford-Cedar trees. The campground and area's location, 20 miles south from the town of Orleans, 12 miles north of the town of Weitchpec and 8 miles from the Klamath River, makes it an ideal location to participate in the area and aea's many recreation activities.
Fishing, swimming and whitewater rafting are all close by in the Klamath, Trinity and Salmon Rivers. Campers can hike a system of trails (Blue Lake, Red Lake and Fish Lake trails) totaling 5 miles that exist around the perimeter of Fish Lake. Trails are accessible by trailheads located at the boat ramp and within the campground. Visitors can also enjoy fishing for trout, blue-gill, and bass in the lake or explore native plants and wildlife.
There are five vault-type unisex accessible restrooms, and all 24 campsites are furnished with wooden tables and combination fire ring grills. Drinking water is available at the campground. A boat ramp is also available at the campground.
Duties: Greeting the public, assisting in registration and reservations, light maintenance and assisting in visitor emergencies will be required. All necessary training will be provided. A side-by-side utility task vehicle (UTV) may be provided for use in the campground.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: A free campsite with a picnic table and fire ring is provided. Drinking water is available. Electric and sewar hookups are not available. Cell phone service and regular phone service are not available.
• Campground Host • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Become a Campground Host in the heart of Bigfoot Country along the Trinity Scenic Byway!
This Campground Host position is located near Willow Creek, California on the Six Rivers National Forest. There are a wide variety of terrains and recreational opportunities here on the Lower Trinity Ranger District. Most areas of the Forest are open year round, offering visitors a variety of recreational activities.
Located along Highway 299 just 1.5 miles west of the town of Willow Creek, California in the Six Rivers National Forest, this small campground is nestled in a grove of madrones with 17 campsites. At approximately 1680 feet elevation, summer temperatures can reach the low 100 with cool evenings.
Willow Creek is a small, full-service community located along the Wild and Scenic classified Trinity River. There are numerous recreation opportunities including rafting, fishing, swimming, hiking, golfing, hunting and wildlife watching. Eureka, California is just one hour away to the west.
Camp Host Duties:
Greets Forest visitors with a friendly and helpfull attitude and assists with campsite registration, answers questions and assures compliance of regulations.
Keeps restrooms and campsites neat and clean
Performs light maintenance of campsites and trail to creek.
Maintains a neat, clean, organized host site as an example to visiting public.
Represents the Six Rivers National Forest in a professional, courteous manner and shows a presence of authority and reports any law enforcement issues to Law Enforcement personnel and Recreation staff.
Keeps supervisor appraised of any issues regarding campers, campsite facilites or maintenance needs.
Reports any hazards in or out of the campground to Recreation staff.
Assists with the National Recreation Reservation System by posting reservations at campsites.
Reports campground occupancy daily to district office. All required tools and supplies will be provided.
Benefits of Joining the Team: As campground host, you will recieve a free large campsite with electricity, water and sewer hook-ups. A partial uniform and become a member of a volunteer team of camp hosts providing similar services in seven other campgrounds. A small reimbursement of incidental expenses may be available depending on the availability of funds
Requirements for the Position: To be considered for this position, you will need a trailer/RV or 5th Wheel (not provided by Forest Service) to serve as your residence for the summer while serving as camp host. The typical season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day week-ends and will require a 5-day service week which will be Thursday through Monday. Weekend and holiday work are necessary.
• Botany • Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Soil/Watershed • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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WE DO IT ALL!
As a recreation volunteer you will have the chance to experience public lands in a unique way. Our job is to be the face of the Forest Service, to make trails and campgrounds appreciated by the public, to convey the ethic of land and Wilderness stewardship and to manage our lands for all visitors.
On any given day you may ride the rapids, use a cross cut saw or hike a trail. Endless opportunity!
Duties (These are all examples of what we do on a daily basis, your days will vary and the tasks will differ greatly, that's part of the fun!)
Trail Work - Examples of the work performed include: clearing brush and fallen logs from trail corridor; cleans, repairs, and constructs log or rock drains; installs log or rock retainer bars/steps and checks foot and stock bridges.
Uses shovels, picks, mcLeods, rakes, axes, pulaskis, various types of loppers, chisels, sledgehammers. Maintains tools and equipment used in safe operating condition. Ensures work is performed safely and within prescribed USFS standards. May assist with other crews and/or projects on an irregular basis.
Monitoring – Examples of this work include: conducting foot patrol of assigned trails to locate and report conditions. Volunteer will identify new hazards and monitor previous maintenance to assess longevity and future needs. Trailheads and signs will also be maintained and monitored.
Uses handheld devices such as camera, GPS, spot tracker, to monitor and record status and condition of trails as well as personal safety. Small hand tools for sign maintenance such as a wrench may also be used.
Overnight Wilderness Support – Walking with a full pack of personal and assigned work gear weighing up to 50 lbs, 8-15 miles a day, for up to 3 nights at a time. Work assignments of this nature are considered regular for this position and will be a primary function in conjunction with trail work.
Working directly with other USFS staff the work may include: contacting visitors about Wilderness ethics, stewardship and regulations. Removing fire rings, picking up litter and basic trail clearing, as well as condition monitoring.
Uses handheld radio with proper communication procedure for check ins. Maintains positive contact as per check in protocol. May use small hand tools for basic trail clearing and litter removal.
Assisting with Pack Stock – With supervision this work may include feeding, grooming, tacking up, trailering, leading, packing and riding; up to the skill and ability of the volunteer as determined by USFS packing staff.
Removal of invasive plant species – As directed by trained staff, usually by hand but small tools may be used such as a trowel, extractigaters, or shovel.
River Ranger support – With supervision, this work will include safely transporting, inflating, securing and utilizing inflatable water craft and rescue boards as directed. Personal flotation devices and helmets, throw bag ropes and paddles will be used as per protocol.
Working directly with other USFS staff the work may include: contacting visitors about river ethics, fire pans, stewardship and regulations. Removing and clearing fire rings, picking up litter and river access clearing, as well as condition monitoring.
Developed Recreation – Will assist in basic grounds keeping and campground maintenance as directed by staff members. May emplace signage, construct information boards, fix roofing, paint structures, mow grassy areas, conduct general brush clearing, landscape maintenance, clean restrooms and all other types of non-specialized work. May be instructed on water system maintenance.
Litter Removal – Picks up trash in trailhead and river areas.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Shared housing on USFS property. Free of charge for volunteers.
The Sequoia National Forest is named for the world’s largest trees and celebrates the greatest concentration of giant sequoia groves in the world. The landscape is as spectacular as the trees with soaring granite monoliths and roaring whitewater. Elevations range from 1,000 feet in the lower canyons to peaks over 12,000 feet on the crest of the Sierra, providing panoramic views in a dramatic range of settings. Fish Creek Campground is located on the Kern Plateau near the crest of the Southern Sierra. At an 7,400 foot elevation, enjoy a beautiful Ponderosa pine forest setting overlooking Fish Creek, a tributary to the South Fork of the Kern River renowned for golden trout.
This location is remote, 54 miles northeast of Kernville via Mtn. 99 and Sherman Pass Rd. (22S05), or 32 miles west of Hwy. 395 via Nine Mile Canyon Rd. (J41). Ridgecrest is the closest full-service community approximately 58 miles away. Black Rock visitor information and fire station, 3 miles north from Fish Creek, is staffed with Forest Service personnel during the summer season. The Kern Plateau offers visitors access to the Southern Sierra, Golden Trout, and Domeland Wildernesses.
The area is popular with Off Highway Vehicle enthusiasts with many miles of roads and trails maintained for these opportunities. The recreation season is usually dry with moderate daytime temperatures making the Kern Plateau a great place to escape summer heat.
Duties: Fish Creek Campground hosts greet visitors and assist campers with registration, inform visitors of regulations, and provide area information. Hosts perform minor maintenance tasks including restroom and campsite cleaning; maintain a neat and organized work area and campsite; report any hazards in or out of the campground to Forest Service staff and report any law enforcement issues to Law Enforcement Rangers or agency staff.
The Forest Service will provide a host site with water hookup, radio, and propane. Hosts will be expected to provide a their own RV. The campground has 40 units including 12 suitable for RVs up to 24 feet; restrooms; piped well water. There is no trash collection. Open Jun. to Nov.
Position requirements: Enjoy meeting and talking with people, be friendly and helpful to all campground visitors. Be in good physical health and have the ability to deal effectively with stressful situations. Be a team player. Have a professional and courteous demeanor. Set a good example for other campers. A camp host couple is preferred due to the busy summer workload.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: No Hook-ups are available at this site. Potable water is located in the campground. There is no electricity in this campground.
• Construction/Maintenance • Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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A volunteer is needed to assist with maintenance at the Osceola National Forest. Requirements include carpentry skill, valid drivers license, ability to use hand tools.
Some of the duties include sign repair and maintenance, facility repairs. Maintenance is needed in minor equipment repairs or carpentry. Help maintain mowers, golf carts, repair signage, paint, install grills, clear trails and other duties as needed.
Volunteer would provide assistance for 25-30 hours per week in exchange for free campsite with full hook ups, gas, equipment and propane reimbursement. Volunteers generally work 3 - 6 months throughout the year assisting with various maintenance projects in our recreation areas.
The Osceola National Forest is located about 45 minutes from Jacksonville with population of 1 million, 40 minutes to Gainesville and the University of Florida, 20 minutes to Lake City with full amenities and with the Nature Coast Corridor including the Suwanee River Valley. Plenty of state parks, rivers and springs, ocean beach access, and cultural amenities.
Volunteers are needed on the Osceola National Forest to assist archeology staff with archiving various collections. In addition, for the very fit, this could also include field work under the supervision of an archeologist.
Sorting, labeling, and cataloging artifacts collected on archeological projects in USFS units throughout the Osceola.
Preparing and packaging artifacts for storage.
Assist with processing, arranging, and indexing of archival documents, images, and maps.
Assist with accession records and curatorial documentation.
(The work generally includes long periods of sitting and may include occasional lifting of items weighing up to 30 lbs)
This is a daytime assignment, Monday through Friday. Hours and days are flexible. There is no accommodation for overnight camping.
The Osceola NF is located about 45 minutes from Jacksonville, a major city, 40 minutes from Gainesville and the University of Florida and 20 minutes from Lake City, Florida with full amenities. The Osceola is close to the Atlantic Beaches, the many springs and rivers that make up the Nature Coast. Contact Debra : 386-752-2577 ext. 4509 // email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: No housing with this volunteer assignment.
• Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Traditionally. El Yunque National Forest receives high visitation during the summer months, especially in July. The Forest Service implemented some new initiatives during the summer to help manage high visitation while providing for visitor safety and helping to reduce traffic congestion and environmental impacts. These initiatives include traffic control operations and a Tram System to transport visitors along forest main attractions.
We are looking for 10 energetic and enthusiastic individuals to assist Forest Staff with the management of the Tram Dispatch operation. The primary responsibility is to help visitors at Tram boarding stations along Forest recreational areas. Provide general information about forest recreation sites, Tram schedules and other forest attractions to culturally diverse visitors to enhance the quality of their visit to El Yunque.
El Yunque Tram Dispatchers volunteers will be stationed at tram stops and will coordinate their traffic operation with drivers in order to ensure passengers tranportation to and from their recreational activity in a safely manner.
Volunteers will be availble on a five (5) day/week schedule, including weekend days and summer holidays.
Skills, Abilities, Requirements:
Volunteer should be:
flexible, with strong communication skills; ability to communicate clearly (public and interpersonal).
able to learn and present information about forest attractions and locations,
able to stand/speak for long periods, and able to ride backward (not prone to motion sickness).
able to hold position on a moving trolley and show visual aids at the same time.
physically able to remove and replace safety cones at El Yunque National Forest Tram stops, assist passengers, and navigate steep stairs.
be assertive, pro-active, and a problem solver.
able to manage/direct Tram drivers, a Tram Dispatcher leader will be selected from applicants.
able to learn and handle government radio communication.
The Tram service is provided from 9 am-4 pm weekdays, weekends and holidays during summer high season. Time commitment must be at least 6 hours a day, and a long-term commitment (over 2 months) is prefered.
• Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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We are looking for a single person or couple to be a Roving caretaker. Being a elf starter(s) is a plus.
A government driving test is given (written and driving), as this position requires driving a government vehicle to perform duties. A government background check is required.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Cleaning and stocking restrooms
Picking up litter
Leaf blowing in campground and day use areas
Open/close gates at designated times
You will be caretaking an approximately 15-mile strip of the exclusive Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, so you will travel to campgrounds, day use, and staging areas to do light cleaning and stocking as needed, and assist maintenance personnel as needed.
This is a 5 day/20 hour week opportunity.
A full hook-up site is provided w/electric/water/sewer/propane. Volunteer ust have a fully self-contained RV (please be prepared to send a photo if requested)
We are looking for a 6 month commitment or longer.
2 pet max
Start date is immediate.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: A full hookup site is included with this open ended opportunity: Water, sewer, electric, and propane provided. Site is equipped with a DISH antenna - volunteer pays for service. Cell service at site is available through Verizon.
Campground Hosts serve as Forest Service “eyes and ears” in designated day-use recreation sites where camping is permitted in a high-use urban forest setting. Hosts are assigned a camping area where they perform a variety of host duties. One of the most important tasks is to greet forest visitors with pertinent local information and reminders of Forest Service rules and regulations. Hosts also inform the public about camper safety, answer questions related to local recreational opportunities, and report any compliance or maintenance problems to appropriate Forest Service personnel.
The ability to keep a daily log of overnight visitors and conduct light maintenance, such as monitoring restrooms, picking up ground litter, general painting, and tree trimming/vegetation control is required of all host positions. Volunteers are not to act in a law enforcement capacity.
Be a U.S. citizen and provide a permanent mailing address.
Pass a background check and possess a valid state driver’s license.
Volunteer 24 hours weekly, including weekends when use of the recreation sites is at peak, and commit to 60 days consecutive service as a host.
Provide your own personal camping accommodations maintained to be welcoming and approachable by the public.
Be able to be self-sustained in a dry camping environment.
Be in good physical condition and have a positive and helpful attitude.
Be able to work safely without daily supervision.
Be prepared to work under varied conditions, including inclement weather.
Represent the Forest Service to the public in a respectful manner.
Duties and Responsibilities
Hosts represent the Forest Service as “eyes and ears” in designated recreation sites in a high-use forest setting and report any questionable or illegal activity to the immediate supervisor.
Hosts greet forest visitors with pertinent local information and reminders of Forest Service camping rules and regulations.
Hosts are required to keep a daily log while on duty.
Hosts are expected to encourage fee compliance and relay fee information to campers.
Hosts are expected to be able to conduct light maintenance activities, such as cleaning restrooms, picking up ground litter, general painting, and conduct tree trimming and other vegetation control measures to promote an enjoyable recreation experience.
Hosts recognize and remove hazards which can be considered unsafe for visitors or notify immediate supervisor of liability concerns.
Hosts maintain a positive and helpful attitude towards forest visitors and other volunteers that you may be assigned to work with.
Hosts accept full responsibility for personal actions and any inappropriate behavior unbecoming to a Forest Service volunteer.
Hosts set a positive example to other forest visitors by keeping a clean and presentable campsite and encouraging common courtesy throughout the campground.
As a Campground Host, you will be looked upon by the visiting public as the first person they will consider for information regarding the area and their National Forest. The Volunteer Campground Host Program is an integral part of the district recreation program in providing quality experience and safe environment to the visiting public. Campground Hosts, as with all Forest Service employees, have the responsibility of representing the Forest Service in carrying out the mission “Caring for the Land and Serving people”.
Campground fees shall be waived for each host with an active volunteer agreement. Utilities are not available in the camping area; however, site host will be provided propane and a location to obtain water supply. Forest Service key, hat, and vest may be provided (if required) along with any tools and supplies necessary for maintenance of the campground. All property and maintenance equipment checked-out to volunteers shall be adequately secured when not in use and returned to the program manager at the end of the camping season on or before May 31st.
Campground Hosts are by NO means law enforcement officers and will NOT confront forest visitors as such. There is nothing in your duties as Campground Host worth jeopardizing your safety. If you, as a host, recognize a minor violation then you are encouraged to point it out in a helpful and informative manner to the person in violation. Hosts are NOT to involve themselves in an argument or antagonize the person or persons in violation. In all situations where the likelihood of confrontation is elevated, please contact Forest Service personnel or law enforcement to take appropriate action. In cases where a host chooses to come in contact with a visitor, it should be no more than a friendly encounter. The potential for hosts to be involved in an unfriendly situation or serious conflict does exist, especially in high-use urban forest settings. This is why we cannot overemphasize your personal safety.
Volunteers will be briefed on relevant Forest Service policies and will be included in formal and other specialized training sessions (when available) at the district office. Volunteers must attend all mandatory safety trainings related to their volunteer position.
24 hours of volunteer service per week, including weekends, during a contiguous 60-day commitment.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: No electric hookups on-site