• Campground Host • General Assistance
Campground hosts represent the National Park Service and are a valuable asset to the park’s campground operation. Hosts deal with a variety of people and personalities. Major duties and requirements of this position are listed below. Hosts are not required to take on law enforcement issues; however they do serve as very important eyes and ears of the campgrounds and aid in reporting any problems or situations to park rangers. Most of all, Cape Hatteras National Seashore hosts ensure that park visitors have as safe and enjoyable a visit as possible, and in the process, have an enjoyable time themselves.
Actively participate in a safe workplace culture.
Maintain own campsite in accordance with all park regulations and set a good example for other campers.
Perform fee compliance by ensuring the appropriate camping fees have been paid. Hosts will not directly handle any money.
Inform and educate visitors on park and camping regulations.
Rove campground to provide information and informal interpretation to visitors.
Provide visitors with local, regional, and park information.
Assist park personal in keeping the campground area clean and free of litter.
Gather statistics (ex. number of campers, RVs/tents)
Put up and take down the flag daily.
Report any hazards in or out of the campground to an immediate supervisor.
Inform fee staff and /or maintenance of sanitation problems and maintenance hazards.
Periodically make rounds in the campground in order to update records and remind campers of rules and regulations. Any law enforcement issues will be reported to park rangers.
Important: Host will not attempt to enforce any regulations by acting in a law enforcement capacity. Host will use educational and informational capacity when appropriate to gain compliance with park regulations. Only commissioned law enforcement rangers will take enforcement actions.
Occasionally assist visitors after hours.
Assist park personnel with minor projects (ex. weeding, clean charcoal grills)
Participate in litter cleanup along the beaches.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
Must be at least 21 years of age.
Ability to work independently with little to no supervision and as part of a team.
Ability to communication orally.
Enjoy talking with and meeting people.
Ability to effectively deal with stressful situations.
Ability to work on irregular natural ground.
Have a professional and courteous demeanor.
Ability to tolerate a variety of weather and working conditions.
Must possess a valid state driver’s license.
Ability to drive a golf cart to travel around campground.
Knowledge/skills in outdoor recreation or natural sciences are beneficial.
Previous experience is desirable but not a requirement.
Sitting, standing, bending, or walking for extended periods of time.
The work is predominately outdoors. Outer Banks weather is notoriously unpredictable and can change quickly. The area experiences thunderstorms, high winds, rain, high heat, extreme cold, tornados or waterspouts, and hurricanes. It is often hot and humid and sometimes the heat index exceeds 100 °F. The Seashore is also home to a number of insects including biting flies, chiggers, mosquitos, sand gnats, and ticks.
Work schedules will be coordinated with the volunteer supervisor.
5 days/week. 6 hours/day, including holidays and weekends.
Disruptions could occur any time of the day or night.
Volunteer will notify the volunteer supervisor of planned absences within a reasonable amount of time, usually not less than one week, or as soon as possible when the volunteer cannot be available to perform scheduled duties due to sickness or other reasons.
While on duty, the volunteer will wear a NPS volunteer shirt and name tag (provided). A ball cap will be also provided for outdoor use. The volunteer will supply his/her own khaki pants, brown belt, and brown shoes. The volunteer should look professional at all times and follow the Outer Banks Group’s volunteer uniform policy.
Government Vehicles / Personal Equipment
The volunteer may only drive a government vehicle if indicated on the Volunteer Services Agreement (Form 301A). The volunteer must possess a valid state driver’s license and have it checked by a government official (supervisor.) Volunteer may not use government vehicles for any reason without prior approval from his/her direct supervisor.
Volunteer will drive a golf cart to travel around campground.
Personal equipment will not be used.
The volunteer must provide his/her own lodging (camper, trailer, or motor home.) Water and electricity are not provided at the campsite. Water and a dump station are available less than 2 miles from the campground.
Volunteer will not be reimbursed for expenses.
***Please provide three references when applying***
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: A campsite with no hookups will be provided. Water and a dump station are available less than 2 miles from the campground.