The Unaka Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest in northeast Tennessee is looking for enthusiastic, friendly volunteers who enjoy the outdoors to fill a campground host position in Horse Creek Recreation Area. Couples are preferred. The Host(s) will need to provide their own trailer or recreation vehicle (RV). They should be in the campground and available to the public five days each week, plus holidays. Days typically needing coverage are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Hosts may be called upon 24 hours/day if needed. The host site is suitable for the host's own trailer or recreation vehicle (RV) up to 30 feet in length, and offers electricity, water and sewer. There is limited internet and cell service, though a phone is available for emergency use.
Horse Creek Recreation Area is located a short distance from Greeneville, Tennessee. It is nestled into a hardwood cove beside its namesake, Horse Creek. It is located at an elevation of 1730 feet and is adjacent to Sampson Mountain Wilderness, the Unicoi Bear Reserve and Rocky Fork State Park and offers a vast remote backcountry to explore. Popular activities include hiking, fishing, water play and picnicking. The thirteen campsites are non-electric (with the exception of the host site) and share one bathhouse with flush toilets and showers. There are two old (soon to be replaced) pit toilets in the recreation area. Sites are available on a first-come, first served basis only. There are multiple potable water spigots throughout the campground. There is also an associated Day Use Area with picnic tables, pedestal grills, vault toilet and covered shelter (reserveable) which is often quite busy.
Duties of the Host are to greet campers, provide information and assistance if needed, and clean campsites when a camper leaves (pick up litter, clean fire rings and picnic tables, etc.). A county inmate crew cleans the restrooms and empties the trash cans at least twice a week. However, hosts will need to routinely check and clean restroom facilities (if needed to adhere to health and safety standards) and ensure there are adequate paper product supplies and adherence to health and safety standards. Assisting the USFS personnel with routine grounds-keeping tasks such as mowing and weed eating may occasionally be required.
Host(s) represent the Forest Service and should have good people skills, be responsible and have a neat appearance. The Host must be physically able to perform such tasks as raking, shoveling, mopping and sweeping, weed-eating, performing minor maintenance, inspecting the campground, keeping simple maintenance records, monitoring area use, and occasionally filling out forms.
Host will represent the Forest Service in public contacts, providing information and directions. Any vandalism or other problems should be reported to Forest Service personnel. All necessary tools, supplies, and safety equipment will be provided by the Forest Service.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The host site has electricity, water and sewer. The host will need to supply their own trailer or RV.