Note about the 2019 Summer Season Recruitment: While some of the campground host positions have been filled, we still have some camp hosting opportunities available! The supervisor for these positions is currently on furlough until January, so those who apply in November and December can expect a response in early January 2019. You will still receive a system-generated email after you apply indicating a 10-day response time, but this will not be the case as the supervisor is out of the office and unable to check email. We look forward to speaking with those of you who are interested and hope you have a happy holiday season!
The beautiful North Cascades National Park Service Complex consists of North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. We are seeking energetic and friendly volunteers to serve as campground hosts for Newhalem Creek, Goodell Creek, and Colonial Creek Campgrounds for the 2019 summer season. Camp hosts work 32 hours per week (including holidays and weekends) with 3 consecutive days off each week. Volunteers are required to wear the National Park Service volunteer uniform (shirts and hats provided). Host positions will begin in May and last through mid-September 2019. Preference will be given to applicants who are willing to commit to the full summer season.
Update reservation placards for assigned sites in the reservation loops at the Newhalem and Colonial Creek Campgrounds
Update first-come, first-served registration tags in the Newhalem, Colonial Creek, and Goodell Campgrounds
Inform and educate campers on frequently asked questions about North Cascades National Park Service Complex, as well as park and camping regulations.
Perform rounds in the campground twice a day (typically morning and late afternoon) by foot or by vehicle to update reservation placards and site tags, check for fee and regulation compliance, and answer questions. Completing rounds by foot will require volunteers to walk 5-7 miles per day. A park vehicle will also be available for performing duties.
Inform fee staff and/or maintenance of sanitation problems and maintenance issues.
Report illegal or unsafe activities to Law Enforcement and/or fee staff using a park issued radio.
Communicate with park staff via park radios.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required
Favorable federal background investigation
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Ability to communicate orally
Ability to deal with stressful situations
Ability to tolerate a variety of weather and working conditions while working outdoors
Must possess a valid state driver’s license
Newhalem Creek Campground
Newhalem Creek Campground is located south of Washington State Route 20 at milepost 120, between the North Cascades Visitor Center and town of Newhalem. Located on the banks of the Skagit River, the campground has 111 individual sites and 2 group sites. The host site is located in Loop A at site 27 and includes the amenities of electric, water and sewer hookups. Cell phone reception is available.
Goodell Creek Campground
The main Goodell Creek Campground is located south of Washington State Route 20, while the Upper and Lower Goodell group camps are located north of SR 20. The main campground is situated in lush old growth forest on the banks of the Skagit River and contains 19 first-come, first-served sites. Reservations are required for the group campgrounds.
Colonial Creek Campground
Colonial Creek campground is located off of Washington State Route 20 at milepost 130. Both the north and south campgrounds are situated in old growth forest on the shores of Diablo Lake. The 42 sites in the north campground are first-come, first-served, while the 100 sites in the south campground may be reserved. There is a host site available in the north loop with hookups for electric, water and sewer. There is no cell reception, landline telephone, or internet access available at Colonial Creek. Hosts for the Colonial Creek campground also have the option of living at the volunteer campground in Newhalem, located across the street from the North Cascades Visitor Center. The volunteer campground has hookups for electric, water, and sewer, and cell reception is available. The closest shower and laundry facilities for the residents of the volunteer campground are located in the National Park Service ranger station compound in Marblemount, 14 miles west of Newhalem.
The small community of Newhalem, WA is located approximately 15 miles from Marblemount, WA. Reliable cell coverage is available through Verizon, but coverage through other cell phone companies is variable.
There is a small general store in Newhalem with limited food options. The closest grocery store is located 35 miles away in Concrete, WA . The closest fuel and restaurants are located 15 miles away in Marblemount. Additional amenities are located in Sedro-Woolley and Burlington, approximately 60 miles from Newhalem.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: RV sites may be available in the volunteer campground or as a designated host site within a public campground. These sites have hookups for electric, water, and sewer. Cell reception may be available (dependent on location). The nearest shower and laundry facilities for the residents of the volunteer campground are located in the National Park Service ranger station compound in Marblemount, 14 miles west of Newhalem.