• Campground Host • Other • Visitor Information
Campground hosts represent the National Park Service and are a valuable asset to the park’s campground operation. Hosts deal with a variety of people and personalities. Major duties and requirements of this position are listed below. Hosts are not required to take on law enforcement issues; however they do serve as very important eyes and ears of the campgrounds and aid in reporting any problems or situations to park rangers. Most of all, Cape Hatteras National Seashore hosts ensure that park visitors have as safe and enjoyable a visit as possible, and in the process, have an enjoyable time themselves.
**This announcement will be used to fill positions at the Oregon Inlet Campground on Bodie Island.**
Actively participate in a safe workplace culture.
Maintain own campsite in accordance with all park regulations and set a good example for other campers.
Assist visitors with finding a campsite. If campsites are full, visitors will be directed to other camping sites or available lodging.
Ensures that appropriate fees are collected, and that funds are processed in a safe, secure, and accountable manner.
Inform and educate visitors on park and camping regulations.
Rove campground to provide information and informal interpretation to visitors.
Provide visitors with local, regional, and park information.
Assist park personal in keeping the campground area clean and free of litter.
Report any hazards in or out of the campground to an immediate supervisor.
Clean restrooms, in the winter and spring.
Inform fee staff and /or maintenance of sanitation problems and maintenance hazards.
Periodically make rounds in the campground in order to update records and remind campers of rules and regulations. Any law enforcement issues will be reported to park rangers.
Important: Host will not attempt to enforce any regulations by acting in a law enforcement capacity. Host will use educational and informational capacity when appropriate to gain compliance with park regulations. Only commissioned law enforcement rangers will take enforcement actions.
Occasionally assist visitors after hours.
Communicate with staff via park radios.
Assist with remits, when needed.
Assist with the mailing of ORV permits, when needed.
Assist park personnel with minor projects (ex. Painting picnic tables, weeding, clean charcoal grills.)
Upon request, assist with park personnel during emergency operations (ex. Traffic control.)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
Must be at least 21 years of age.
Favorable background investigation.
Surety bond secured by the park in the volunteer's name.
Ability to work independently with little to no supervision and as part of a team.
Ability to communication orally.
Enjoy talking with and meeting people.
Ability to effectively deal with stressful situations.
Ability to work on irregular natural ground.
Have a professional and courteous demeanor.
Ability to tolerate a variety of weather and working conditions.
Must possess a valid state driver’s license.
Ability to drive a golf cart to travel around campground.
Knowledge/skills in outdoor recreation or natural sciences are beneficial.
Previous experience is desirable but not a requirement.
Sitting, standing, bending, or walking for extended periods of time.
The work is predominately outdoors. Outer Banks weather is notoriously unpredictable and can change quickly. The area experiences thunderstorms, high winds, rain, high heat, extreme cold, tornados or waterspouts, and hurricanes. It is often hot and humid and sometimes the heat index exceeds 100 °F. The Seashore is also home to a number of insects including biting flies, chiggers, mosquitos, sand gnats, and ticks.
Current opening begins December 1, 2019 through 2020.
Work schedules will be coordinated with the volunteer supervisor.
At least 32 hours per week, including holidays and weekends.
Disruptions could occur any time of the day or night.
Volunteer will notify the volunteer supervisor of planned absences within a reasonable amount of time, usually not less than one week, or as soon as possible when the volunteer cannot be available to perform scheduled duties due to sickness or other reasons.
While on duty, the volunteer will wear a NPS volunteer shirt and name tag (provided). A ball cap will be also provided for outdoor use. The volunteer will supply his/her own khaki pants, brown belt, and brown shoes. The volunteer should look professional at all times and follow the Outer Banks Group’s volunteer uniform policy.
Government Vehicles / Personal Equipment
The volunteer may only drive a government vehicle if indicated on the Volunteer Services Agreement (Form 301A). The volunteer must possess a valid state driver’s license and have it checked by a government official (supervisor.) Volunteer may not use government vehicles for any reason without prior approval from his/her direct supervisor.
Volunteer will drive a golf cart to travel around campground.
Personal equipment will not be used.
The volunteer must provide his/her own lodging (camper, trailer, or motor home.)
Volunteer will not be reimbursed for expenses.
*** Please provide three professional references when applying.***
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: A campsite with full hookups will be provided.