The Ketchikan Misty Fjords Ranger District, Tongass National Forest is looking for volunteers to fill a campground host opportunity. No tents may be used as a primary domicile due to the high levels of precipitation in the region. Host(s) will be required to provide their own living quarters such as a trailer or RV. Host(s) should also have a vehicle for traveling between campgrounds. Host(s) should be in the campground and available to the public 5 days a week, plus holidays. Days needing coverage are Thursday to Monday, with Tuesdays and Wednesdays off. Service hours are generally 9 am to 5 pm, but hosts will need to flexible and may be called upon 24 hours/day if needed.
Two general-use and one group-use campgrounds are located in the Ward Lake Recreation Area. Signal Creek and Last Chance are approximately 2 miles apart. Ward Lake is located approximately 7 miles north of Ketchikan and is considered the "backyard" for the community. The campgrounds and recreation area see a high amount of use during the summer months.
Ketchikan receives over 150" of rain a year. While the summer months are drier, they are still much wetter compared to summer in other locales. Hosts should be prepared to handle living and serving in a wet climate. This position is located in black bear territory, with black bears often in close proximity.
Campground Host Duties: campground cleanup, litter pickup, limited outhouse cleaning, clean fire rings and picnic tables, fee compliance, hand out firewood, and update reservation placards. Restrooms are cleaned regularly by Forest Service personnel, and campground hosts will primarily focus on restocking toilet paper and quick clean outs of the outhouses.
Host(s) must be outgoing, personable, neat in appearance, and maintain a clean and well-kept camp. Host(s) must be able to physically perform moderately difficult tasks such as: raking, shoveling, sweeping, litter pick up, minor maintenance, walking, record keeping, and area monitoring.
Host(s) will represent the Forest Service in public contacts with Forest Visitors. The Forest Service will provide all neccessary tools, supplies, and safety equipment along with appropriate training.
Volunteer campground host(s) may receive reimbursement for allowable out-of-pocket expenses such as mileage for official business, propane reimbursement. Subsistence reimbursement may be provided but is not guaranteed. Host(s) can be provided with a 100-gallon water tank that can be refilled by the Forest Service. Pumping water out of tank would be done by the host(s). Campgrounds do not have RV hookups. There is a free dump site in Ketchikan. Cell phone signal is limited at Ward Lake. The Forest Service will provide a two-way radio.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: Campsite with space for 30-foot RV or trailer backed in. There is a small parking lot adjacent to the site for a car.