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Availability: "SUMMER ONLY" May, June, July, August, September
Site Hosts serve as Bureau of Land Management “eyes and ears” in designated recreation sites for day-use activities or in designated locations where overnight camping opportunities are allowed. Hosts are assigned an area where they are assigned a variety of host duties. One of the most important tasks is to greet visitors to the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area and provide visitors with pertinent local information on the Empire Ranch Headquarters and Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, including reminders of Bureau of Land Management rules and regulations. Site Hosts also inform the public about camper safety, answer questions related to local recreational opportunity, and report compliance and maintenance problems to appropriate Bureau of Land Management personnel.
Site Hosts may also serve as assistants to Bureau of Land Management recreation park rangers responsible for the routine and deferred maintenance of grounds and facilities within Bureau of Land Management recreation sites. Offering trade-skill knowledge and career experience related to general construction, carpentry and welding, electrical, concrete work, and other related “hands on” professions. Hosts work as part of a team to identify the maintenance needs of a site, including (but not limited to) general landscaping, mowing, weed-eating, tree trimming, hedging, painting buildings, kiosks, curbing and railing, sweeping sidewalks, gutters and stairways, replacing and installing signage, removing litter and debris, maintaining dumpsters, and removing graffiti.
Hosts are required to keep a daily log of visitors. The ability to conduct light maintenance, such as monitoring restrooms, picking up ground litter, general painting, and tree trimming/vegetation control is required of all host positions. Volunteers are NOT to act in a law enforcement capacity.
Be a U.S. citizen and provide a permanent mailing address.
Possess a valid state driver’s license.
Volunteer 25 hours weekly per individual residing at the site, including weekends, and commit to 120 days contiguous service as a host.
Provide your own personal camping accommodations maintained to be welcoming and approachable by the public.
Be in good physical condition and have a positive and helpful attitude.
Be able to work safely without daily supervision.
Be prepared to work under varied conditions, including inclement weather.
Provide a professional reference to verify experience.
Represent the Bureau of Land Management to the public in a respectful manner.
Duties and Responsibilities
Hosts represent the Bureau of Land Management as “eyes and ears” in designated recreation sites and report any questionable or illegal activity to Bureau of Land Management staff or Law Enforcement Officers.
Hosts greet visitors with pertinent local information and reminders of Bureau of Land Management camping rules and regulations.
Hosts are required to keep a daily log (provided) of visitors.
Hosts are expected to be able to conduct light maintenance activities, such as monitoring restrooms, picking up ground litter, general painting, restock toilet paper, restock flyers or handouts, light trail maintenance and conduct tree trimming and other vegetation control measures to promote an enjoyable recreation experience.
Hosts recognize and remove hazards which can be considered unsafe for visitors or notify appropriate Bureau of Land Management recreation park ranger or Bureau of Land Management Outdoor Recreation Planner of liability concerns.
Hosts maintain a positive and helpful attitude towards visitors and other volunteers that you may be assigned to work with.
Hosts accept full responsibility for personal actions and any inappropriate behavior unbecoming to a Bureau of Land Management volunteer.
As a Site Host, you will be looked upon by the visiting public as the first person they will contact for information regarding the Empire Ranch Headquarters and Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. The Volunteer Site Host Program is an integral part of the Tucson Field Office recreation program in providing quality experience and safe environment to the visiting public. Site Hosts, as with all Bureau of Land Management employees, have the responsibility of representing the BLM.
Site Hosts will be required to complete 25 hours of work per week, including weekends when use of the recreation sites is at peak. Furthermore, Hosts need to be able to commit to a consecutive 120-day (4 month) appointment.
Site Hosts are provided a free stay with an active volunteer agreement. Utilities (water, electric, septic) are available at the site. Electric hookup is 30 and 50 amps. Bureau of Land Management key, hat, and vest may be provided (if required) along with any tools and supplies necessary for maintenance of the area. All property and maintenance equipment checked-out to volunteers shall be adequately secured when not in use and returned to the site host volunteer supervisor at the end of the reporting duties.
Site Hosts are by NO means law enforcement officers and will NOT confront visitors as such. There is nothing in your duties as Site Host worth jeopardizing your safety. If you, as a host, recognize a minor violation then you are encouraged to point it out in a helpful and informative manner to the person in violation. Hosts are NOT to involve themselves in an argument or antagonize the person or persons in violation. In all situations where the likelihood of confrontation is elevated, please contact Bureau of Land Management personnel or law enforcement to take appropriate action. In cases where a host chooses to come in contact with a visitor, it should be no more than a friendly encounter. The potential for hosts to be involved in an unfriendly situation or serious conflict does exist, especially in high-use areas. This is why we cannot overemphasize your personal safety.
Site Host work is mostly outside on the grounds of the Empire Ranch Headquarters and Heritage Discovery Trail.
Nearest town is Sonoita, AZ (6 miles south of the Las Cienegas NCA). Nearest city is Tucson, AZ (46 miles northwest of the Las Cienegas NCA).
Site Host volunteers will be briefed on relevant Bureau of Land Management policies, risk management worksheets, and equipment training for use of tools and equipment by the recreation park ranger.
Site Host volunteers may be included in formal and other specialized training sessions (when available) at the Tucson Field Office or San Pedro Project Office (located in Hereford, AZ).
Volunteers may have an opportunity, when available to attend safety trainings related to their volunteer position.
25 hours of volunteer work per week, including weekends, during a contiguous 120-day commitment.
Site Hosts volunteer stay at the site is 6 months or 180 days.
Empire Ranch Headquarters.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The following will be provided:
• A parking area for an RV or camping trailer.
• Utility hook ups, including potable water, electricity, and septic.