• Construction/Maintenance • Other • Soil/Watershed • Natural Resources Planning • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance
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Trail worker volunteers will assist the National Park Service (NPS) in the building, maintaining, improving, and enhancing trails within Jewel Cave National Monument (JECA). The work may consist of hands-on labor, with associated mechanical equipment as deemed necessary by the VIP Work Coordinator. Work projects may involve, but are not limited to, the following assignments:
Signs - carry lumber; dig or drill holes in ground; tamp backfill, hammer fasteners to signs.
Structures - carry lumber and building materials; use hand and power tools to cut and assemble benches, bridges, walkways, steps, etc.
Treadway - dig and move dirt by hand or shovel; cut and chop tree roots and stumps with axes and picks; loosen and remove rocks from trail; move sand, small rocks, and dirt with hand pails or buckets; use leaf blower to remove ground debris from trail.
Trail Clearance - remove unwanted vegetation from trail corridor by cutting or chopping trees, branches, or shrubs; carry and scatter cut vegetation away from trail; remove fallen trees and branches.
Drainage Channels - dig trenches for water bars, culverts, and drain drips; clean existing drainage channels using hand tools and leaf blowers.
Clean Up - pick up litter and other unsightly debris.
Observation and Data Reporting - observe and report trail conditions; monitor visitor usage by recording participation numbers on appropriate NPS forms.
NOTE: Volunteers may work in all types of weather conditions and must be prepared to provide their own clothing attire for personal comfort. Furthermore, volunteers need the ability to work outdoors for three to eight-hour intervals in varying degrees of sun exposure, temperature extremes, and weather conditions in all four seasons.
NOTE: Volunteers may be requested to lift and carry heavy objects for short distances. All lifting and carrying assignments must be reasonable and accommodating to the individual volunteer.
NOTE: Trail worker volunteers, 18 years of age and older with a valid driver’s license, may drive NPS cars and light pick-up trucks. Volunteers, 18 years of age and older, may drive all-terrain vehicles after successfully completing an on-site training.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Volunteers seeking housing at the Monument are required to provide at least 32 hours of volunteer service each week of their volunteer time period. However, housing may or may not be available to each volunteer, due to limited internal funding for housing costs.