Volunteers represent the National Park Service and are a valuable asset to the operations. This position will be based either on Stockton, Oak, or Rocky Island as a campground host. Volunteers will meet a variety of people and personalities. Each island has trails and campsites. Volunteers will be the main contact for visitors going out to the islands.
Greet and help orient tent and boat campers as well as other visitors
Clean campsites, picnic area and boat dock
Clean and disinfect vault toilets, replenish supplies and notify supervisor when the vault toilet needs to be pumped
Hike and perform light trail work and grounds maintenance including trail litter pickup
Notify supervisor when hazardous conditions exist or submit work order requests for routine maintenance needs
Monitor visitor activities for infractions of lakeshore regulations
Provide visitor information and services through roving contacts and/or at visitor contact station
Administer emergency first aid when needed
Explain recreation use fees
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to be self-sufficient is a must
Knowledge of camping
Skill in oral communication to provide visitors with lake conditions and park information
Ability to maintain a positive attitude and consistently be courteous to visitors
Ability to learn quickly and retain basic knowledge
Ability to effectively deal with stressful situations
Know how to use a handheld radio (or learn)
Requires standing for long periods of time
Requires hiking strenuous trails
Ability to be in a boat during rough lake conditions when being transported
Most work is performed outdoors. The weather conditions can vary from hot days to cool nights, thunderstorms, high winds, and rain. The environments may include high humidity and hot temperatures. Cell phone coverage is spotty to non-existent. Contact with the mainland is through radios for park use only.
Campground Host volunteers typically start around mid-June until after Labor Day. Volunteers that are chosen for the position are expected to be on the island throughout their schedule unless other arrangements have been made with the supervisor. Regular scheduled hours are 8:00 am – 4:30 pm but can vary if there are any emergencies or other issues. A minimum of a 2-3 week commitment (depending on location) of daily 8 hour work days is expected. Background checks including fingerprinting may be done if a volunteer is selected.
While on duty, volunteers will be required to wear a uniform. A NPS volunteer shirt, wind breaker or sweater (if needed for weather), name tag, and a ball cap that will be provided. The volunteer will provide their own pants and shoes/boots. The volunteer must be professional looking.
Volunteers will not be reimbursed for expenses.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: Volunteers must be prepared to live for weeks at a time at island duty stations. Stations may consist of an outhouse, a propane heater, a refrigerator, and a small 2-burner stove for cooking may be available. There may not be running water. Volunteers are to bring their own food supplies. Volunteers should keep their schedules flexible and always bring extra supplies, in case of weather related transportation delays. Volunteers may have to find housing in the local community which can be difficult to secure and expensive if there is a weather related delay. Self-sufficiency is a must. Volunteers must be willing to share housing with rangers, researchers, or maintenance staff. Pets are not allowed.