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Job Title: Volunteer Campground Hosts, Mineral King Area
Supervisor: Ash Mountain Fee Supervisor
Goal: To provide a quality camping experience for park visitors by assisting with campground operations for two small campgrounds, Atwell Mill and Cold Springs
Location & Dates: Atwell Mill and Cold Springs campgrounds, Memorial Day through the end of September.
Register campers and help visitors find campsites.
Rove campground and educate campers to park and campground regulations, including proper bear-proof food storage.
Provide information to visitors on recreational opportunities in the park and surrounding areas, including evening campfire programs and other ranger programs.
Actively participate in the parkwide safety program; inform visitors of potential dangers in the park, with a special emphasis on river safety.
Work directly with Park Service employees in handling campground money obtained through self-registration envelopes.
Perform minor maintenance when directed, if qualified; report all other maintenance problems to supervisor.
Gather information on visitor use and keep the supervisor informed of problems in the campground.
Notify supervisor or law enforcement ranger if illegal activity is observed.
Complete other duties or tasks as may be mutually agreed upon.
Qualifications: Camping experience. Ability to work independently. Good communication skills. Ability to relate to children and adults of diverse backgrounds. A positive attitude. Good listening skills. Experience handling money and operating an electronic cash register desirable. Knowledge of other languages helpful. Would prefer someone with previous campground hosting or extensive camping skills, but will train otherwise qualified people.
Other Requirements: Drivers license required. Physical demands – lots of walking and prolonged standing. Both campgrounds are located above 7000 feet. The altitude should be taken into consideration by those with health problems that could be affected by altitude.
Benefits to Volunteer: Personal enrichment and experience working in a national park setting. Job training and experience in working with the public. Experience in communicating with people of diverse nationalities and cultures.
Training: Host will receive orientation and training in campground operations, bear management and other topics.
Working Conditions: Hosts will work a minimum of 32 hours per week, which includes weekends. Hosts will have two consecutive weekdays off. Shifts will depend upon campground needs. In return for your volunteer work, you will receive a free camping site. You will need to provide a tent trailer or tent. (These sites cannot accomodate RV's or travel trailers.) There are no hookups available at this location. Volunteer uniforms and a park radio will be provided. A government vehicle may be provided for official duties.
Area: Host positions are at Atwell and Cold Springs campgrounds. The campgrounds are located at approximately 7000 feet above sea level within the Mineral King sub- district of Sequoia National Park. Both campgrounds are tent or tent trailer only; no RVs or travel trailers are permitted due to the narrow, winding Mineral King Road. Pit toilets and water are available at both campgrounds. Spring and fall can bring cold, windy weather, fog, rain, and occasional snow. Summers are usually pleasant with occasional thunderstorms. The area has a rich, natural and cultural history and a significant local community presence during the summer months. A variety of animals and insects such as skunks, gnats, dear, bear and marmots are native. Volunteers can shower and do laundry at the staff housing area. Minimal groceries are available at Silver City. The closest markets or drug stores are approximately an hour and a half away.
The National Park Service is an Equal Opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be made solely on the basis of merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, creed, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, or any other non-merit factors.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: In exchange for your volunteer work, a free campsite will be provided. These campsites are not suitable for RVs or travel trailers, and have no hookups. They can only accommodate tent trailers or tents.