Goal: To provide a quality camping experience for park visitors by assisting with campground operations for a small (28 sites) campground, Buckeye Flat.
Location & Dates: Buckeye Flat Campground, Sequoia National Park – May through September
Register campers and help visitors find campsites.
Rove the campground and educate campers about 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.
May assist with collecting campground fees, and registering campers.
Work directly with Visitor Use Assistants in handling campground money from self-registration envelopes.
Actively participate in the parkwide safety program; inform visitors of potential dangers in the park, with a special emphasis on river safety.
Perform minor maintenance when directed, if qualified; report all other maintenance problems to the Campground 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 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. Summer daytime temperatures can often top 100 degrees in the campgrounds. This should be taken into consideration for individuals with health issues affecting heat tolerance.
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. Buckeye Flat host site has electricity and water, but no sewer hookup. There is a dump station within 5 miles. You will need to provide a recreational living unit (maximum length 25') or tent. The nearest payphone to Buckeye Campground is located just outside of the campground at Hospital Rock. Volunteer uniforms and park radios will be provided. A government vehicle may also be provided for official duties.
Area: The elevation at Buckeye Flat Campground is approximately 1500 feet above sea level. Temperatures during the spring and fall are generally warm with cool nights. Summers are hot during the day with generally comfortable evening temperatures. Rain is infrequent, and during the summer nuisance insects are usually not a problem. A variety of animals including deer, bear, and squirrel are frequently seen in the campground. The campground is located in prime black bear habitat, so encounters with black bears are likely. (Training in bear management is provided.) Laundry, groceries, doctors and restaurants are available 20 to 25 minutes away in Three Rivers.
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: Buckeye Flat host site cannot accomodate a unit longer than 25'. There is water and electricity, but no sewer hookup. Applications from hosts wishing to use a tent will also be considered.