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One or two campground host positions are open each year. We have two 3 or 4 month positions available, October through January and February through May. Positions may be combined. There is some flexibility in start and end dates.
Joshua Tree National Park General Information
Joshua Tree National Park is the eighth largest in the lower 48, set in the Southern California high desert, where the Mojave and Colorado deserts meet. The park has variations in elevation and terrain that make a surprisingly diverse resource, from giant boulder stacks to a spindly Joshua Tree forest to craggy mountain peaks of six different mountain systems. The park has a rich Native American and mining history as well. The park has a way of altering interpretations of just what a desert can be, and draws an eclectic group of visitors.
Joshua Tree National Park is located within 45 minutes from Palm Springs and approximately three hours from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas. A full range of shopping facilities, grocery stores, schools, churches, hospitals, and other services are available in local communities. There are also art galleries, restaurants, a farmers market, festivals, parks, and one of America's last drive-in movie theaters. Several major universities and colleges are located in the surrounding areas. The fall and spring climate is warm with abundant sunshine most days, while there is occasional snow in the winter.
Visitation has gone up by 112% in the last few years, so this park is extremely busy during peak season.
This campground host position is a challenging opportunity set in scenic Jumbo Rocks Campground. It is a dry campground (no water) and is at 4,400 feet elevation. This is a major site for experienced rock climbers and climbing guide services. Each site is unique and set among huge boulders that glow in the light of campfires. There are 124 camp sites, many that will fit RVs. This campground is so popular that it is consistently full during the 6 months it’s on the reservation system. A major job duty is managing the full campground and informing the public of places to camp outside the National Park. This position may involve working hours into the early evening.
NOTE: This is a challenging job that involves a hard stance on “The campground is full” and “Reservations only."
Campground Host Responsibilities
This park is heavily visited and successful applicants must be energetic, dedicated, observant, and patient
Campground hosts are 32 hour/week customer service volunteer positions that involve regular interaction with and orientation of campers
Meaningful cooperation with park personnel that produces positive results
Welcome visitors to campground and provide information on the park and rules
Handle the occasional upset or irate camper in calm, professional manner
Morning and evening campground inspections
Post reserved sites and pull expired permits
Perform light maintenance duties like trash pickup
Assist visitors with safety information and respond appropriately to emergency situations
Fill out and turns in forms like daily log, animal sightings, and monthly timesheets
Collaborate well with others, including visitors and co-workers with diverse interests and views
Work independently, be a self-starter, adapt readily to frequent change
Live happily in a remote area with few amenities
Provide and maintain a safe driving record, valid driving license, and dependable personal transportation
After 250 hours of volunteer work, an annual interagency pass will be awarded. Hosts will stay in the Jumbo Rocks campground with no hook-ups, but the park will provide pumping weekly.
For more information, call Judy Sokoll at 760-367-5553 or email Judy_Sokoll@nps.gov