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Cape Lookout's Three Visitor Centers:
Harkers Island Visitor Center (Harkers Island, NC)
Beaufort Visitor Center (Beaufort, NC - Attached to Town Hall)
Light Station Visitor Center (South Core Banks Island - near Cape Lookout Lighthouse)
Volunteers for Visitor Center positions must be available and flexible to work at ANY of these three locations depending on scheduling necessity.
Visitor center hours are generally from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Assume an additional 5-15 minutes on either end to conduct opening and closing procedures.
Current Openings: One spot starting in April, Two spots starting in July/August
Duties Include (but not limited to):
Raising and lowering the U.S. flag
Opening and closing parking lot gates & park facilities
Counting opening money for cash registers and processing daily sales reports
Processing transactions for gift shop sales
Playing park films for visitors
Answering and transferring telephone calls
Social interactions with visitors
Answering visitor questions and information requests
Keeping brochure racks stocked and neat
Park Rangers will be available either in person or via phone call to answer questions, troubleshoot, or respond to unforseen situations or emergencies.
Namebar, polo shirts, sweatshirt, windbreaker, and hat will be provided. Volunteers will provide appropriate long pants, shorts, or skirt (khaki preferred), comfortable brown work shoes, and any necessary clothing or equipment for incliment weather. Issued volunteer outfits are considered National Park Service uniform attire and must not be altered or adjusted in any way without prior approval.
Trailer pads for RVs are available all year. Sometimes shared housing can be provided in winter months (December – February). Sometimes housing can be provided for extended stays on South Core Banks (Light Station Visitor Center)
RV Pads are full hookups and located less than a minute walk from park headquarters. Barbeque pits, picnic tables, etc. are available on site. WIFI is provided at the RV site.
No Housing Required: 8 hours per week.
Harkers Island RV pad: 32 hours per week, either individually or as a couple.
Harkers Island Park Housing: 32 hours per week per person.
Light Station Visitor Center Housing: Varies depending on availability.
As the position requires the handling of money, unsupervised access to government buildings and computer access, a background check may be required prior to your start date.
Harkers Island Visitor Center: The visitor center is located on the ground floor level of the National Park's Headquarters Building. The building is climate controlled and has restrooms inside. The building has views of the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks. Harkers Island has a small grocery store and several gas stations & restaurants. Morehead City is about 30 minutes away and has all the amenities of a major city.
Beaufort Visitor Center: The visitor center is located on front street within the Town Hall of the city of Beaufort - one of the oldest cities in North Carolina. The building is air conditioned and has restrooms inside. Within walking distance there are many restaurants and stores. Morehead City is about 5 minutes away and has all the amenities of a major city.
Light Station Visitor Center: A primitive barrier island, South Core is home to the world famous Cape Lookout Lighthouse. There are few amenities on the island. The visitor center is air conditioned and restrooms are available at a public-use facility just outside the building. Minimal items are available within the visitor center store (water, chips, trail mix, etc.) - a trip back to the Harkers Island Visitor Center requires a 20 minute ferry ride.
Spring weather is mild and moderately humid.
Summers will be very hot and humid.
Fall weather is mild and moderately humid.
Winter months can see temperatures dip below freezing.
Given the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, weather systems can blow in with little to no warning. Thunderstorms and rough weather are regular occurances at all locations. Hurricanes are an ever-present threat in coastal North Carolina and should be considered a factor - particularly during the season.
Personal transportation is required.
Government transportation is generally available - but in situations where circumstances dictate that it may not be available, we ask for volunteers to be flexible in their scheduling and have the ability to self-transport. Transportation in the form of a government vehicle for ground travel or ferry transport to/from the lighthouse can be used free of cost when available and relevant to that day's duties.
Employment Status & Etiquette:
Volunteers with the National Park Service are known as VIP's - Volunteers in Parks. They are also Very Important People.
VIP's are representatives of the National Park Service and the US Government. Volunteers must conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times when on duty. Discussions which stir into political, religious, criminal or other non-work related fields are strictly prohibited. Volunteer contracts may be terminated at any time, for any reason, without any notice. We ask that you strive to maintain the highest degree of professionalism and public service when representing the National Park Service and Cape Lookout National Seashore.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Housing Type: RV Pads Housing Description: Housing: Volunteer RV hook-ups within the park may be available, which include electric, water, sewer, and laundry. Housing in the local community is difficult to secure and expensive. If you want to live outside of the park, then you must find your own housing. Additional housing options may be available - contact volunteer coordinator.