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Title: Boating Water Safety Volunteer
Time Commitment: Minimum 8 hours per month.
The goal of the Boating & Water Safety Volunteer is to provide assistance on launch ramps and serve as a Deck Hand and/or Boat Operator. Volunteer will provide boating and water safety information, assist visitors with water safety issues, promote preventive accident and drowning message and provide park information to the public. The volunteer, with appropriate training and certification, may operate a National Park Service (government owned) vessel and/or vehicle at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Description of Primary Duties:
Water Safety Messages (All Boating and Water Safety Volunteers): Boating & Water Safety Volunteers will understand and promote Lake Mead National Recreation Areas’ Boating & Water Safety Messages in all areas of this position. Boating & Water Safety messages will be developed and designed by the park staff to ensure that park goals and messaging information is uniform throughout the park. Boating & Water Safety Volunteers will need to keep up-to-date on trends and focus areas. Volunteers will …
• Make visitor contacts on the launch ramps, at picnic areas, marinas, shoreline and beaches on Lakes Mead and Mohave.
•Promote safe water activities, by providing visitors with safe boating messages, drowning awareness information through various mediums – verbal, written, or as give-away items.
•Communicate on park and/or marine band radio to report information, visitor contacts, emergency incidents, etc.
•Provide basic First Aid and CPR when needed.
•Will be required to work a mutually agreed upon schedule.
•Volunteers must have good communication and interpersonal skills.
• Volunteers must have a willingness to learn about the National Park Service, Lake Mead NRA and required water safety duties.
•Ability to work with other volunteers and visitors under extreme conditions - intense heat, large number of people, and during emergencies.
•Volunteer must be flexible and able to adjust to change.
•Complete necessary paperwork such as - daily activity logs and monthly hour logs
•Volunteers may also change storm flags to reflect forecasted conditions and/or broadcast storm warnings over marine band radio when directed. Volunteer may need to trouble-shoot problems with weather recording instruments.
Volunteers maybe assigned to land based assignments, such as, marina areas, beaches, shoreline, picnic areas, and launch ramps. Volunteers will rove on foot the assigned area to inform visitors of Lake Mead’s Boating and Water Safety messages. Volunteers maybe hand out printed information and/or provide verbal information, such as, a change in the weather forecast or changes in park policies.
Deckhand: Volunteers serving as deckhands will also provide the following duties:
• Deckhand volunteers will assist boat operators with daily operations of a government owned vessel.
•Assist with launching NPS Government Owned boat on trailer (when properly trained) up to 35 feet long to launch ramps and repair shops. In order to drive a government vehicle, volunteers are required to have a valid state driver’s license with good driving record. Upon acceptance into the program, the volunteer must provide the Park with a three year DMV print out of their driving history to document the valid license and good driving record.
•Perform inspection and minor maintenance of National Park Service/government owned vehicles, vessels and boat trailers (such as identifying equipment service and repairs, performing minor maintenance to include but not limited to washing/scrubbing boats, replace light bulbs, trouble shoot wiring, replace bunk boards on trailers)
•Assist to provide emergency assistance in a water search and rescue
Water Safety Volunteer will NOT perform law enforcement duties, such as, boat stops and/or enforce rules/regulations.
Other Water Safety Duties may include: Volunteer maybe assigned to perform other duties beyond the Water Safety Volunteer functions described above.
•Assist with boat education programs and special event outside the park when directed
•Basic communication skills – radio, telephone, etc
•Report to Lake Mead NRA adverse weather conditions
•Protect park resources
•Promote individual and community involvement to increase the quality of visitor services.
•Improve Water Safety information presentation and service to the boating and general public
•Provide opportunities for the public to learn about water activities and safe experience at Lake Mead NRA
•Promote drowning awareness and boat accident prevention information
Benefits and Training: As a NPS volunteer, you will receive training on how to perform the required duties and about the National Park Service, Lake Mead National Recreation Area and surrounding area. Training programs will be designed around specific objectives. Training will include learning activities and practical exercises that will prepare the volunteer to perform duties, understand the basic scope and complexity of Lake Mead NRA and obtain basic park ethics. You will be trained in all duties related to the position.
Volunteer must wear a volunteer uniform while performing duties.
Volunteer must be 18 years or older to become a deckand.
Volunteer must be able to work outside in various condtions, such as 115 degree weather.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: No housing available - locals only