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This is a full-time volunteer opportunity for summer 2020. Housing is included
Goal: Provide Emergency Roadside Assistance to visitors within Mount Rainier National Park for the Visitor Services and Resource Protection Division.
Duties: (1) Assist Rangers with traffic control in the Visitor Center Parking Lot and along Roadside; (2) Operate a small truck or van on park roads; (3) Provide battery jumps; (4) Assist with vehicle lockouts (tools and training provided); (5) Request tow trucks through Communication Center via park radio (portable radio provided); (6) Provide emergency gas; assist with tire change; and other minor problems; (7) Report accidents, incidents, hazards, or suspicious activity to Park Rangers.
Anticipated results: As a member of the Park’s Ranger Protection Team you will be provided a unique experience to assist park visitors, provide emergency roadside assistance, and help contribute to the protection and preservation of park resources.
Qualifications for the job: (1) Valid driver license required. The incumbent will be operating a government vehicle. (2) Must have basic mechanical and maintenance skills. (3) Must be able to pass a background check. (4) Willingness to assist with traffic control on park roads and parking lots. (5) Must be able to interact with visitors in a friendly and helpful manner. Sometimes these contacts will be under stressful situations. (6) Must be willing to use a park radio and communicate effectively and clearly with staff and the public. (7) The ability to work without direct supervision. (8) Ability to work outside in proximity to vehicles in cold, wet, snowy conditions at altitudes up to 5400’.
Responsibilities: (1) VIPs will document ALL volunteer work and services provided. This means effectively communicating with park dispatch and other ranger staff the services provided and assistance needed (law enforcement, tow truck, medical services, etc.). Volunteers will provide a weekly log of hours and services provided and turn it in to the supervisor at the end of each week. (2) Work within parameters of this position description unless change is documented by your supervisor. (3) Have a dedication to protection of the park mission and park resources.
Training: Volunteer will participate in park orientation session; safety training; maintenance procedures; on-the-job training; other training as designated by supervisor.
Benefits: (1) Housing, if needed, for volunteers working a minimum of 32 hours per week; (2) Coverage for tort liability and on the job injury available through VIP Program; (3) Uniform and government vehicle provided; (4) Waiver of park entry/camping fees; (5) Be part of “Making a Difference” with a rewarding position within the ranger division of Mount Rainier.
Supervisor and Park Contact for VIP Questions: Joe Spillane, District Ranger, 360-569-6685, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: All volunteers driving government vehicles must have valid driver license and written authorization from supervisor before driving. This position may require a background check.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: Housing is historic cabins at Longmire. RV sites with hookups are also available in the historic Longmire Campground.