• Campground Host • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Spend time enjoying the peace and exploring the canyons of Natural Bridges National Monument. Spend your days sharing your love of national parks with visitors and helping the public enjoy and preserve their park. At night, stargaze under an internationally-recognized dark night sky as you listen to coyotes howl. As a camp host, you will experience what life is like at Natural Bridges – what will you discover?
Basic Park Information
Natural Bridges National Monument is located in southeastern Utah. The park is about an hour from the nearest town – Blanding, Utah. Several national park sites and other public lands are within a few hours’ drive.
Natural Bridges is managed by the National Park Service (NPS) and is part of the Southeast Utah Group, which also includes Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Hovenweep National Monument. The monument was established in 1908 and later designated as the world’s first International Dark Sky Park. The park is remote, which gives a natural quiet to the winding canyons and sweeping mesas. Hiking and stargazing are popular activities in the park.
Campground hosts will:
provide information to visitors about things to do/see in the park and surrounding areas;
inform the visitor center of campsite availability
monitor campground to ensure camper compliance with established regulations
Record campground statistics (number of sites taken per night)
perform minor campground maintenance duties
keep rangers informed of any issues in the campground
Additional duties could include (based on the interest of the VIP):
roving trails and overlooks
staffing the information desk in the visitor center
other duties as agreed upon
Work Environment / Campground Description
Natural Bridges’ campground has 13 primitive sites. The campground is open year-round, first-come, first-served. The host site has water and electricity hook ups, but no propane. It is located outside of but near the campground, in the park ranger residences area. The walk from the host site to the campground is just under half a mile (one way), along a fairly flat, graveled path. Cell phone service is not available in the park; a Verizon signal can be found about 2 miles from the residence area. WiFi is available in the housing area, but the connection is slow and does not support high bandwidth activities, like streaming.
Most of the work will be performed outdoors. Weather conditions can vary from hot, dry days to cold nights. Humidity is generally low. Rattlesnakes, gnats, and other insects/ wildlife are present in the park. The closest grocery store, medical services, and gas are in Blanding, Utah, about an hour away.
Schedule and Time Commitment
Host(s) will work 32 hours a week (cumulative). Days off will be during the week and consecutive. Shifts may vary depending on operational need. Hosts are expected to work weekends and holidays. Because the hot summer months are slow in the campground, we will have camp hosts in the spring and fall, for two separate 10-week sessions. Tentative season dates are April 1 through June 9 and August 19 through October 27. You are not required to commit to both sessions.
The ideal candidate would enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities, have strong communication skills, and enjoy living and working in a national park setting. Volunteers are part of the NPS team at Natural Bridges, but will be working without daily supervision and must be self-motivated.
Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities
Friendly, polite, respectful, and enjoy working with people
Communicate effectively with new people, the public, and coworkers
Adaptable to new situations and changing circumstances
Handle stressful situations and ask for assistance when needed
Follow commands in emergency situation
Knowledge of camping at Hovenweep and radios are a plus!
Standing for long periods of time
Walking fairly even campground loop and the trail from the residence area to the campground
Potentially hiking on uneven, primitive trails
Living at 6,500 feet in Utah’s high desert
While on duty, volunteers are required to wear the NPS Volunteer uniform – a shirt, jacket, name tag, and hat are provided. Volunteers are responsible for providing their own pants, belt, and shoes/boots (all brown).
Host must have their own RV/ trailer. Expenses will not be reimbursed.
If interested, please contact Emily Ficker at 435-692-1234 x12 or email@example.com.