• Other • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
This position functions mainly within the Resource Management Program, within the boundaries of Ninety Six National Historic Site. These areas include areas of historic preservation, primary trail routes, and heavily forested off-trail areas. The volunteer is responsible for carrying out the implementation standard garden work such as, digging, weeding, pruning, planting, watering, and more. In addition, the volunteer gardener may assist with identified vegetation base projects for the purpose of enhancing and/or supporting the visitor experience through a well maintained cultural landscape, interpretation programming involving native plants and historical herbs. Volunteer is expected to adhere to all NPS and site specific laws, policies, and standard operation procedures.
Volunteer gardener must be able to work independently, or with other volunteers and park staff. Most of the work will be done in the Native Plant/ Pollinator Gardens near the parks visitor center and headquarters, as well as the herb gardens at the back of the Logan log house. Volunteer will perform seasonal chores including preparing the soil, planting, weeding and harvesting.
Assisting staff with planning, developing, and organizing the garden under the parameters of the NPS.
Planting, mulching, weeding, watering and maintaining the gardens.
May include the use of hand tools and equipment, in the open forum of the garden. Animals and insects share these spaces.
Maintain tools, equipment, and supplies used in the garden.
Interact with a wide variety of visitors and provide accurate visitor information.
Volunteer must be able to perform manual labor for up to 2 hours per day in an outdoor environment where inclement weather is possible. Work requires lifting and carrying moderately heavy items (up to 50 pounds), bending, kneeling, or stooping for long periods. Work will be performed the developed areas of the park. The volunteer may be exposed to irritants such as poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, mosquitos, ticks, bees and other biting or stinging insects.
Knowledge and Skills Required
The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for each project may vary, but the basic requirements are:
Should be physically fit and able to kneel for extended periods.
Volunteers will be working in highly visible location, so should be comfortable interacting with the general public and answering questions, or directing them to an experienced volunteer or staff member.
Ability to work independently with little or no supervision and as part of a team for extended periods of time.
Ability to use hand tools safely and to perform hard, physical labor for up to 2 hours each day.
Ability to maintain a positive attitude in a group setting for extended periods of time.
Willingness and ability to work outdoors in all conditions.
Knowledge and Skills Sought for Certain Positions
It is not necessary to have gardening skills, but definitely beneficial.
Moderate to high physical effort is required. Some duties require sitting, standing, or walking for extended periods of time. Some duties may also require strenuous physical activity such as lifting and carrying heavy items over rugged, precipitous, and sometimes unstable terrain.
All work is conducted in Ninety Six NHS or the Southern Campaign Parks Group. Volunteers will provide their own transportation to the park. If transportation to another park is needed, use of government vehicles will be approved. Depending on the time of year, the volunteer may be exposed to extreme heat and humidity, or cold temperatures, rain, or snow. There is potential for excessive exposure to the sun, so the VIP must take precautions. There is potential for becoming dehydrated or overheated, so the VIP should carry plenty of water and drink regularly while working outdoors at the park. Please use common sense, take every precaution, and keep yourself safe. If in doubt, please check with park staff.