• Campground Host • Visitor Information
Curecanti National Recreation Area is managed by the National Park Service and includes three reservoirs including Blue Mesa Reservoir, the largest body of water in Colorado. The area has myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation including fishing, boating, hiking, and access to adjacent public lands including Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. These camp host positions are front-line ambassadors responsible for providing a welcoming environment to campers and visitors to the recreation area. There are two vacancies for hosts at Elk Creek. Other locations are available at Curecanti; those are listed under separate announcements on this site.
Camp hosts work 32 hours per week with two consecutive days off per week. The two days off will be scheduled mid-week as hosts are expected to work weekends and holidays. These hours can be worked by an individual or divided between a couple. Volunteers are required to wear the National Park Service Volunteer uniform (shirts, trousers/shorts and hats are provided); hosts are responsible for providing their footwear. Host positions begin mid-May and continue through Labor Day. A season long commitment is expected. If desired, the camp host may have the opportunity to extend their season into mid/late September. Camp hosts are expected to arrive in time for pre-season training. Unfortunately, no stipend is available for these positions. A list of benefits to the host is provided below.
At the preseason training, Volunteers will receive an orientation to the park and training to fulfill all assigned duties, including:
Providing a welcoming environment to campers in their campground.
Being prominently located as a resource for campers; this includes providing accurate, concise information to the public and communicating the information in a professional manner. Hosts are expected to assist visitors who stop by the host campsite.
Performing “rounds” in the campground twice a day (typically early morning and evening) by foot or by vehicle for the purpose of answering visitor questions, checking fee compliance and educating visitors on park resources and regulations.
Operating a government-owned golf-cart or pick-up in their assigned campground for the purpose of making contacts with campers. (Stevens Creek and Cimarron campgrounds are patrolled by foot)
Using handheld radios to communicate with staff and other volunteers in a professional manner.
Assisting park staff with management of the campground.
Informing visitors of park regulations in a friendly manner.
Assessing situations and reporting emergencies or major violations to law Enforcement staff.
Assisting visitors with campground fee payment procedures which are all self-registration stations. Hosts do not collect fees.
Notifying park maintenance staff of campground maintenance needs. Hosts are not expected to perform maintenance duties themselves.
Benefits to the Host:
A complimentary campsite in the host’s assigned campground, including electric, water, sewage and at some locations a landline telephone service is provided. Although the electrical service is adequate, it does not allow for the simultaneous operation of two air conditioners, washer and dryer, microwave, coffee pot, etc. Wi-fi connection is not available, but 3G and 4G capable devices work most of the time.
Free use of laundry room at Elk Creek housing area is available.
Meeting new people, discovering and exploring the western slope of the Rocky Mountains.
Elk Creek Campground Description:
Elk Creek Campground is located off of US Highway 50, 15 miles west of Gunnison, CO. Elk Creek is the location of park headquarters, a visitor center and one of the primary marinas for Blue Mesa Reservoir. Amenities include 50A electric, water, sewer, landline telephone service and cell phone reception varies by carrier. Please note that winds at Elk Creek can be high through the summer, reaching 40+ mph on occasion. Although the vegetation in the campground is mostly sagebrush and void of trees, the camp host sites have mature trees, grass, fire grate and picnic table. There are two positions available at Elk Creek due to the size of the campground which is 160 sites. Both host sites are side by side and hosts will work together on scheduling their hours so that camp hosts are available to visitors as much as possible. This is the only campground at Curecanti with two campground hosts due to its being consistently busy and large number of sites.
Desired Skills and Characteristics of Camp Hosts:
Professional, friendly, and eager to provide good customer service and to make visitors feel welcome.
Self-motivated, self-starter, and independent.
Enjoys exploring and learning about a new location independently and sharing that new found knowledge with visitors to the campground.
Takes advantage of their free time to get to know the region.
Desire to be an ambassador to the public on behalf of the Curecanti National Recreation Area and National Park System.
Physical demands –can be lots of walking and bending.