This position functions within the Resource and Visitor Protection Division of Yellowstone National Park. The volunteer will be stationed at the Lewis Lake Campground within Yellowstone National Park. The National Park Service will provide a trailer site with utilities (water, sewer, and electric/solar power, hookups) within the campground. There is no internet or cell service available at this campground. The campground host will provide their own RV/trailer. The volunteer work involves providing information to park visitors about the park and its resources, as well as interpreting park regulations for visitors to ensure compliance. The volunteer will not be handling fees.
Maintain assigned campsite in accordance with all park regulations and set a good example for visitors.
Contact campers throughout campground, providing information on Yellowstone National Park, campground regulations, and the surrounding areas.
Interpret campground regulations for visitors and report law enforcement issues to park law enforcement rangers.
Ensure visitors understand and are following food storage regulations; confiscate coolers, food, and/or cooking supplies left unattended at campsites; contact law enforcement rangers to follow up with campers. DOES NOT PERFORM LAW ENFORCMENT.
Perform duties associated with camper registration.
Keep accurate records of data collected.
Report any safety hazards, in or out of the campground, to supervisor.
Assist with other projects outside the campground as directed by supervisor or park law enforcement staff including help with traffic control at animal jams.
Assist visitors after hours on occasion.
Drive a government vehicle.
Use a park radio professionally and properly.
Possesses own recreational vehicle – no government housing provided.
Must work at least 32 hours.
Enjoy meeting, talking with, and helping people from all over the world.
Possess a friendly, helpful, professional demeanor with all visitors and co-workers.
Ability to assist campers in order to ensure their safety and enjoyment of the park.
Capable of dealing professionally with stressful situations.
Ability to follow directions and work as a team player.
Properly wear the VIP uniform.
Ability to lift a minimum of 20 pounds.
Possession of a valid state driver’s license.
Knowledge and Skills Required
Basic knowledge of Yellowstone National Park’s resources and services.
Ability to effectively communicate with visitors, concession employees, and others.
Desire to assist people.
Ability to read a map.
Ability to properly and professionally use the park radio system.
Low to moderate physical effort is required at most locations for this position. Walking up and down inclines on dirt or asphalt surfaces at elevations of 6,000 – 8,000 feet required.
The majority of the work is outside. The volunteer must have a strong awareness of forest, river, lake and/or high elevation mountain environments, rough terrain, extreme climate conditions and the ability to live in relatively remote areas sometimes with few amenities. A variety of wild animals inhabit the work area including bears, bison, wolves, elk, deer, coyotes, and moose, etc. for which the volunteer must be aware and cautious. Volunteer must be familiar with safe and appropriate ways to deal with these potential wildlife interactions through information provided by their supervisor prior to field work being conducted.
Scope and Effect
Work contributes to the Resource and Visitor Protection Division’s management of campgrounds and protection of the resources of Yellowstone National Park. The Volunteer will be able to activate the emergency response system in the event of an emergency or law enforcement incident. In addition, the Resource and Visitor Protection Division may benefit from wildlife or other resource observations from experienced volunteers.
Firearms in Parks
Under 43 C.F.R. § 20.511, Departmental volunteers in the course of their official duties are prohibited from possessing firearms on property under control of the Department. Because of the stated purpose of the sponsors of Section 512 to provide uniformity under applicable state law from bureau-to-bureau, the potential liability issues that could result, and the absence of any criminal penalties applicable to this regulation, this Departmental policy continues to apply to all NPS/FWS employees and volunteers during their official duties. Volunteers who are not on official duty may possess firearms on Departmental lands under the same conditions applicable to members of the general public, according to P.L. 111-24, Section 512. For this purpose, volunteers are considered the same as other employees when engaged in their official activities. For more information please visit http://imr.nps.gov/visitor-and-resource-protection/firearms-in-parks.html.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: Host site is limited to a 25 foot unit. The site does have water and sewer but the power is solar and there is no phone or internet.