• Conservation Education • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness
Promote Valles Caldera National Preserve by providing the basic natural, cultural, and geologic history of VALL to visitors and up to date information on preserve activities.
Promote responsible and safe recreation in the outdoors.
Assist visitors with hiking recommendations, fly fishing ties and tips, and mountain bike safety if needed.
Promote the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources at VALL by ensuring visitors are aware of and abiding by park rules and regulations.
Ensure you are equipped with a radio and inform law enforcement officials if visitors are not abiding by park rules and regulations or if there is an emergency situation.
Provide water, sunscreen, doggy bags, or band aids to visitors in need (these items will be provided).
Report back to staff how many visitor contacts are made during a shift, the day of the week and times, and which trails or streams see more visitor use.
Must wear approved volunteer uniform that is kept clean and professional.
We will provide you with polo shirts (long &/or short sleeve) and a ball cap or field hat (optional unless working outside). Men’s and women’s options available.
Jackets/coats also available. Patches that can be attached to own personal jacket/coat/sweater are available; however the personal item must be brown or black in color.
You must provide your own pants. Pants should be suitable for being in the outdoors.
Shoes should be comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots and should be closed-toed (no sandals).
Complete initial training.
Turn in volunteer hours to park staff supervisor by the 5th of each month.
Must adhere to all park policies.
Required Knowledge/Skills: Communication skills and basic knowledge of the preserve.
Training: New volunteer orientation training with a staff member will be provided including radio training. Some self-guided training may be required to familiarize yourself more with VALL and its resources. Reading materials will be provided. For the most part, this training can be done at your own pace at home and the hours can be counted toward your volunteer hours.
Physical Demands: Hiking or walking will be involved, possibly driving on rough road; distances, terrain, and weather may vary.
Time Commitment: 2-4 hours at least, 8 hours the most in a day, several days in the summer is ideal. Site stewards are welcome to choose their own schedule.
Benefits: Make a difference at Valles Caldera in resource protection by ensuring visitors know all rules and regulations. Opportunity to volunteer outdoors in a National Park Setting and interact with a diverse group of visitors.
Use of Personal or Government Equipment/Vehicles: The volunteer will be required to use a government vehicle if one is available. If not, the volunteer will be authorized to use their own personal vehicle. If the volunteer decides to use their own personal equipment, such as binoculars, cameras, backpacks, etc., the National Park Service and Valles Caldera National Preserve will not be liable for any lost, damaged, or stolen items.