Duties: This volunteer position serves as the campground host in a medium size campground, primarily with weekend use. Hosts will provide information to park visitors, check campsite for fee compliance, keep a log of utility fee sites paid, and explain campground rules and regulations (such as food storage, pet policy, quiet hours, utility fees, etc.). This position informs campers and park visitors of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area’s interpretive programs, natural and cultural resources, and other attractions in the region and throughout the National Park System.
Hosts will check to ensure that restrooms and other campground facilities are clean and notify maintenance personnel and supervisor of campground needs. Hosts may need to effectively and diplomatically handle minor problems in the campground and will immediately notify rangers about law enforcement incidents. Volunteers will be provided a park radio for communications.
Other Possible Activities: Volunteers may be asked to help with the park’s Visitor Survey during July. They may also be asked to assist with traffic direction during Bighorn Lake Day and the Fireworks evening. Horseshoe Bend Campground Hosts may be asked to assist in performing boat inspections, zebra mussel inspections, and boat patrols. Updating bulletin boards in the campgrounds, stocking information stations, and monitoring radios in an emergency are also likely. Hosts may be asked to complete minor campground maintenance projects that could include: repairing picnic tables, painting sign posts, cleaning fire grates, ect.
Skills: Volunteers need to outgoing and welcoming to all park visitors. The ability to communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing is desired. Volunteers should be able to maintain up-to-date daily logs for park volunteer and park records..
Park Provides: The park supplies all volunteers with a uniform volunteer shirt and hat, job supplies, orientation, training, and supervision.
Location Description: Horseshoe Bend is the jumping off point for exploring Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. The campground is located uphill from the Horseshoe Bend Marina. It is nestled amongst a sagebrush and juniper woodland community; there are 48 campsites in Horseshoe Bend Campground.
The campground is located a short 14 mile drive north of Lovell, Wyoming via WY Hwy 37. The closest town is Lovell, Wyoming, which has a population of a little over 2,000. It has a hospital, schools, supermarket, convenience stores, motels, and gas stations.
The yearly precipitation is 5 to 8 inches. High winds are not unusual. Temperatures in the summer range from highs in the 80s and 90s to a few days in the hundreds, to lows in the 50s and 60s.
There is no cell or wireless internet reception at the Horseshoe Bend campground. There is spotty reception at Devil Canyon Overlook and a couple miles south of the park boundary. Satellite TV does work at Horseshoe Bend.
Dates: May 15, 2018 through September 15, 2015 Alternate dates: May 15 through July 17, or July 17 through September 15 May be flexible and willing to work out starting and ending dates.
How to apply: You can apply online or contact Bighorn Canyon NRA at: Bighorn Canyon NRA 20 HWY 14 A East Lovell, Wyoming 82431 307-548-5406
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description:Housing:
Hosts will live in the Horseshoe Bend Campground and will provide their own trailer or motor home, a personal vehicle that can run separately from the recreation vehicle / trailer is most convenient. There are two Volunteer sites at Horseshoe Bend. Both have Electrical, water, and sewer hookups. The Loop A host site will go to returning VIPs. Horseshoe Bend can be very windy. Tents and tent trailers are not recommended. A shared UTV may be available for running around the campground and back and forth to Crooked Creek.