Capitol Reef National Park is seeking Campground Hosts for a 71 site campground in the heart of the historic Fruita district.
Capitol Reef National Park is located in south-central Utah and encompasses most of the striking 100-mile-long Waterpocket Fold, the largest exposed monocline in North America. The beautiful Fruita Campground is in the historic Fruita district and is home to the largest historic orchards in the National Park System. Myriad narrow canyons, towering cliffs, expansive slickrock, domes, arches and monoliths provide inspiration, solitude and recreational opportunities for approximately ¾ million people each year. The park also preserves archeological features and petroglyphs of the Fremont Culture, and the remnants of Fruita, a Mormon pioneer settlement
The Fruita Campground is at an elevation of 5,500 feet with mild spring and fall temperatures, and average summer temperatures in the high 80’s. Basic groceries, gas, and restaurants are available in Torrey. Dental and medical services are in Bicknell, 20 miles west of park headquarters. Larger supermarkets, stores, and a hospital are in Richfield, 75 miles west. Personal transportation is highly recommended.
Capitol Reef Campground Hosts are hired through the Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program and are a valuable asset to the park’s campground operation. Major duties and requirements of the Campground Host positions are listed below. On occasion, hosts can assist in other areas of the park. Hosts are not required to take on law enforcement issues; however they do serve as eyes and ears of the campground and aid in reporting any problems or situations to park rangers. Most of all, Campground Hosts ensure that park visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit and in the process, have an enjoyable time themselves!
We hire Volunteer Campground Hosts for the spring season (March 1 – June 30) for the fall season (July 1 – November 5). These dates are approximate.
Assist campers with registration. Campground Hosts do not collect money or have fee duties.
Provide general information to visitors about Capitol Reef, including: campground regulations, interpretive programs, facilities, and services.
Conduct campground rounds (morning, afternoon, and evening). Report campground status to the Visitor Center.
Inform campers of regulations if violations occur. Report any safety issues in or out of the campground to your supervisor or the ranger on duty. Does not perform law enforcement.
Drive a government vehicle (golf cart).
Operate a park radio properly and professionally.
Perform litter control at campsites. Report campground maintenance needs to park staff.
Assist visitors after hours.
Assist with other projects outside the campground as directed by supervisor including help with traffic control and emergency situations.
No fee collection, custodial duties, or campfire ring cleaning required.
Work schedule may be one of the following: 3 days on, 3 days off or 4 days on, 4 days off (schedule will be determined after hiring). Duties are shared between two host sites.
The majority of work is outside. Temperatures will range from 35-95 degrees.
Strong wind, rain and possible snow, depending on the season.
Possess own recreational vehicle. Government housing is not provided.
Possess a valid driver’s license.
Properly wear a VIP uniform, including only wearing the uniform while on official duty.
Have a professional, courteous, and patient demeanor.
Have the ability to work effectively in stressful situations.
Low to moderate physical effort is required for this position. Standing for extended periods of time and walking on asphalt or dirt surfaces at elevations of 5,500 feet is required.
Have the ability to lift 20 lbs.
Live in a campsite free of charge with full (30 & 50 amp) hookups (water, sewer, propane). A phone (landline) and internet are provided. A volunteer uniform and nametag will be provided. Laundry facilities are nearby and free of charge.
Training and area orientation are provided.
You will have the opportunity to live and work in one of America’s most beautiful national parks!
How to Apply:
Applicants should complete a Volunteer.gov application or submit a resume to Jessie Jordan, Campground Host supervisor at: Capitol Reef National Park, HC 70 Box 15 Torrey UT 84775; firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact Campground Host Supervisor Jessie Jordan at (435) 425-4133 with questions. Email: email@example.com
When completing volunteer application, please list three professional references with phone number and email in field 11 with volunteer experience.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Campground Hosts are furnished a campsite with water, sewer, electrical hookups, basic phone, and DSL internet site. Hosts are required to reside in the campground.