Clear brush and debris from park cemeteries. Report damaged headstones, damaged fence posts, downed trees/tree limbs, animal burrows in graves, or threats to cemetery to Park Archeologist.
Provide own transportation, depending on availability of park staff and a government vehicle.
NPS certification required for power tools. Hand tools such as rakes, axes, saws, loppers, and clippers may be used.
Follow prescribed NPS standards for operation and safety.
Assist park staff in maintaining tools and equipment in safe operating condition.
Use standard safety equipment such as hard hats, gloves, ear protectors, safety glasses, and sturdy boots as required to avoid possible hazards and serious injuries.
Only hand tools such as clippers and loppers will be used to remove vegetation from around headstones and footstones.
Fence repairs can be made, but new materials must be the same type as the original. Broken fence posts must be removed and replacement fence posts placed in existing post holes.
Herbicide use prohibited.
Performing work in a beautiful national park essential to maintaining the long term health of the park's resources.
Positive interactions with visitors and fellow staff.
Opportunities to expand personal knowledge of the Buffalo River.
Goal / Outcome of Job
Cemetery will be accessible and headstones visible.
Enhance park visitors’ experience and access to cemeteries within park boundaries.
Enhance relationship between park and local communities.
Knowledge/Skills Desired and/or Required
Ability to learn and perform trails maintenance and construction.
Ability to safely use the hand tools associated with cemetery maintenance.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Headstones and footstones may be cleaned following the guidance outlined in Grave Matters: A Preservation Manual for Historic Cemeteries in Arkansas.
No ground disturbance (i.e., no new plantings).
No new fence construction.
Cemeteries may be decorated, but Buffalo National River reserves the right to remove decorations that have become damaged or faded. Old decorations must be removed from cemetery completely and disposed of off the park in a proper waste receptacle (trash bin, dumpster, etc.).
Work may require walking for long distances, climbing and descending steep inclines, bending and lifting moderately heavy loads.
Cemetery maintenance is physical labor working with hand tools and getting dirty is guaranteed.
Work is performed outdoors resulting in exposure to a variety of weather conditions.
Work involves the possibility of experiencing exposure to poisonous plants, bruises, muscle strains, cuts and scrapes, sunburn, and insect bites.
Training provided as needed as determined by the supervisor.
The volunteer will be required to follow the policies detailed in the Buffalo NR Volunteer Handbook.
Dispatch (1-888-692-1162) and the ranger on-duty must be notified of any work at the cemetery prior to starting trip.
Dispatch and the ranger on-duty must be notified as soon as possible when trip has been completed and/or of any deviations to the trip plan.
Any injuries/accidents must be reported to the ranger on-duty as soon as practical to ensure proper investigation and documentation.