• Campground Host • Construction/Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Main Goals and Expectations for This Position:
Perform front line customer service, and a variety of customer service activities including but not limited to assisting visitors, assisting Park staff, performing grounds maintenance and general custodial work with-in Gulf Islands National Seashore (GUIS).
Brief Description of Work to be Performed:
Volunteers will work primarily unsupervised. Maintain communications with Park staff and GUIS Facility Maintenance, and will relay issues and deficiencies, especially safety concerns, in a timely manner. Open and close park gates and restrooms as directed by the park staff. Pick up trash along roadway, parking lot shoulders, and around picnic shelters. Monitor dumpster pickups by contractor. Cleaning restrooms, which includes, but is not limited to, restocking paper towels and toilet paper dispensers, sweeping and mopping floors, disinfecting toilets and urinals, cleaning sinks and counter tops. Act as the public liaison dealing with visitor inquiries, vehicle breakdowns or vehicles stuck in sand. Light mowing and trimming. Cleaning and empting charcoal grills. Walkway and pavilion cleaning, including sand removal. Locate late visitors near dusk and notify them that the park is closing and the gate will be locked for the night.
Contact Gulf Breeze Dispatch at (850) 934-4050 to report incidents; call 911 in an emergency.
Length of Commitment:
Length of stay is a four-month commitment between December 1 – March 31. Volunteers will work a 5 day on/2 day off, (4) - 6 hour days and (1) - 8 hour day schedule, for a total of 32 hours per week. If leave time is needed it must communicated with the Volunteer Supervisor.
Tools, Equipment, and Vehicles to be Operated:
You will operate a golf cart or mule, a weed-eater, blower, and a small lawn mower in the scope of your duties.
Location Where Work Will Be Performed:
You will reside and work in the Fort Pickens Campground, Opal Beach area, Okaloosa Day Use Facility or Perdido Key in Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida District.
Physical Requirements of Work:
The work is generally seated, standing, walking, or bending with some lifting on an occasional basis. Must be physically able to perform all duties with the necessary equipment. Must be able to lift and operate a weed-eater, a back pack blower, and be able to push a lawn mower.
Benefits to the Volunteer:
Items provided to ViPs will be uniform shirts, cap and name tag, keys, and golf cart or UTV, as well as a campsite with full hookups. Supervision will be provided by the GUIS, Florida District Facility Manager. ViPs will be trained in procedures, rules, regulations and host responsibilities. Volunteers will be trained in maintenance duties and provided with park films, and online training as applicable. Also, ViPs will get a “behind the scenes” look at park operations. After working 250 hours ViPs are eligible for an annual Volunteer Pass for all Federal Fee Areas.
Position Supports Which Division:
Will work under the guidance and support of the Facility Manager at Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Scope of Contacts:
Volunteers should expect to have constant public contact. Volunteers are expected to be a positive representative of GUIS and the National Park Service.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Campsite with full hook ups will be provided.