• Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance
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The volunteer’s primary role will be to provide planning and coordination of the PSAR program for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. During a normal day, volunteers will recruit and schedule volunteers for the PSAR program. This will include working with recruitment programs established for the NPS, orienting and training new volunteers, and scheduling patrols.
Additionally, the volunteer may perform the duties as a PSAR volunteer to include hiking up to 10 miles on primitive trails. Special assignments and emergency situations may increase this mileage. Volunteers will be asked to work in a wide range of weather conditions including temperatures from 120 degrees Fahrenheit to lightning and thunderstorms, high winds and potential flash flood conditions. However, a volunteer will not be required to perform any assignment that they are uncomfortable with or that a supervisory ranger deems unsafe.
During a PSAR patrol, volunteers will be expected to give thorough and accurate hiker safety information to hikers. This information may include, but will not be limited to:
Information concerning safe hiking times and destinations.
Appropriate hiking times, i.e., early/late - not midday.
Proper drinking and eating habits for high desert environment hiking.
Proper footwear and equipment.
Heat illness and its effects on hikers.
Resource protection and interpretation.
Backcountry, hiking and camping ethics.
These visitor contacts shall be conducted in a professional manner that demonstrates attention, courtesy and respect for other points of view. Volunteers may need to handle difficult questions and complaints, and should refer visitors to the correct resources when appropriate.
There will be situations in which the volunteer will be rendering some form of aid to a visitor (usually applies to situations regarding heat illness). When this occurs, Glen Canyon Dispatch must be notified of the situation to ensure proper actions are being taken. Volunteers are not under Glen Canyon’s medical direction, but they may assist in rendering aid to the visitor when in contact with a recognized BLS or ALS Glen Canyon provider.
Volunteers should have specialized knowledge in:
Working with a diverse range of people and personalities.
Working in a fast, dynamic and ever changing work environment.
Communicating with supervisor.
Recognizing the different types, levels and treatments for heat illness and should be prepared with knowledge and equipment to handle these situations.
Distinguishing between basic hiker assistance and medical intervention.
Know which situations require a higher level of emergency care and how to judge the urgency for that response.
Backcountry and camping ethics (Leave No Trace).
Search and rescue techniques
Volunteers will be supervised by the Emergency Services Manager. Volunteers will need to coordinate activities with the Emergency Service Manager or their designee. This will allow the volunteers to receive daily briefings, re-supply equipment needs and debrief on issues. The final and most important responsibility for all volunteers, and for the rangers supervising them, is safety. As with any emergency operation, a rescuer’s first safety concern is to him/herself, second is to fellow rescuers, and third is to the patient(s). Each individual has the responsibility to bring up any safety concern, at any time, without hesitation. Volunteers should not take part in any action that they deem unsafe or feel uncomfortable with. They also have the responsibility for reporting any medical condition or illnesses that may affect their performance and safety.
Volunteers should not deviate from their daily assignments and/or take part in any action not within this job description unless agreed upon between the volunteer and a supervisory ranger and such action is organized and carried out with primary regard for the safety of all involved. Any and all injuries occurring to a volunteer while performing a service for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area must be reported to a supervising ranger. Any disregard to or violation of safety procedures by a volunteer can result in the immediate dismissal of that individual from the PSAR volunteer program.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Housing will be a fully furnished, shared apartment with a private bedroom in Greenehaven, AZ, which is about ten miles from Park Headquarters and thirteen miles from the Horseshoe Bend, the main trail that needs PSAR support.