The Harbor Seal Monitoring program is currently full and is not accepting applications for the 2020 season.
Overview The Harbor Seal Monitoring volunteer contributes to the long-term monitoring of harbor seals which will aid in protecting seal colonies and assessing the health of the marine ecosystem.
Hike off-trail and in rugged terrain to various harbor seal monitoring sites to observe, collect and report data on seal numbers, behaviors, and disturbances
Use binoculars and a spotting scope to observe seals
Volunteers must be able to work independently, use binoculars and make detailed observations and notes. Volunteers must also have the interest and ability to hike off-trail and in rugged terrain.
Volunteers must be able to hike distances anywhere from 1 to 9 miles with up to 10 pounds of optical equipment and extra clothing and be able to tolerate sun, wind, fog, and cold. Volunteers may be exposed to poison oak and ticks.
Volunteers must also use own vehicle to transport to and from survey sites and provide own weather appropriate clothing, including rain gear and hiking boots.
Schedule and Time Commitment Volunteers work 6 to 8 hours per day and commit to a minimum of 2 survey days per month during any day of the week for a total of 10 survey days from February through July.
Training Volunteers must attend Harbor Seal Monitoring trainings on February 24, 2018 and March 11, 2018 as well as field training with a mentor.
Benefits to the Volunteer Volunteers have the opportunity to observe harbor seals in less-frequented areas in Point Reyes National Seashore. Volunteers receive training in conducting surveys and education about harbor seals, marine mammals, marine ecosystems and the park. Volunteers also enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to the research and protection of marine ecosystems.
Group Type Individuals are encouraged to participate.
Minimum Age Minimum age is 16. Volunteers under 18 must have a signed parental consent form. Please contact us (see below) for more information.
Accommodations Housing and camping/RV sites are unavailable.
Application and Contact Information Please apply by using the link below. For more information, email Sarah Codde or contact her at 415-464-5210.
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife
The Winter Wildlife Docent progam is full and is no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 season.
The Winter Wildlife Docent promotes awareness and protection of northern elephant seals, gray whales, and other marine life by helping visitors view, understand, and appreciate these species; helps visitors understand the ongoing management and research issues relating to northern elephant seals in Point Reyes National Seashore; and provides general park information and assistance to visitors.
Staff public wildlife viewing and education areas at the Lighthouse Observation Deck, South Beach Overlook, Elephant Seal Overlook, Historic Lifeboat Station, and Drakes Beach
Perform interpretive roves along Drakes Beach and the Chimney Rock Trail
Set up and break down spotting scopes and interpretive and educational materials at public viewing locations; open and close the Historic Lifeboat Station
Help visitors view, understand, and appreciate northern elephant seals, gray whales, and other marine life by interpreting observed behaviors and educating visitors about the natural history of these species
Help visitors understand the ongoing management and research issues relating to northern elephant seals in Point Reyes National Seashore
Provide general park information and assistance to visitors
Use interpretive materials to help communicate information
Professionally represent the National Park Service by wearing an identifying docent vest and interact with visitors in a friendly, courteous, tactful, and helpful manner
Operate a two-way radio to communicate with fellow docents and park staff
Docents must possess very good oral communication skills with a diversity of people and be able to work independently. Docents must also be able to spend a majority of the time standing, walking, and/or hiking; be able to tolerate sun, wind, fog, and cold; and be able to carry up to 15 pounds of interpretive materials a distance of up to one-fifth mile.
Knowledge of the park and teaching experience is helpful.
Schedule and Time Commitment Workdays are scheduled for 7 hours from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Docents are expected to work at least 6 weekend or holiday days from January through March.
Docents have the option to continue to work an additional month in April (Saturdays and Sundays only) for the gray whale migration.
Training Training is scheduled for two days in November and two days in December. Docents are required to attend training as follows:
New docents must attend the full Winter Wildlife Docent training (two days in November and two days in December). For the 2019-20 season, these dates are November 16, and 17, and December 7 and 8, 2019.
Returning docents must attend the Winter Wildlife Docent training in December (two days). For the 2019-20 season, these dates are December 7 and 8, 2019.
Benefits to the Volunteer The Winter Wildlife Docent gains personal enrichment and experience working in a national park setting; training and education about northern elephant seals, gray whales and related park resources; satisfaction of promoting awareness and protection of northern elephant seals and gray whales; and satisfaction and experience in communicating with and helping park visitors while representing the National Park Service.
Group Type Individuals are encouraged to participate.
Minimum Age Minimum age is 16. Volunteers under 18 must have a signed parental consent form. Please contact us (see below) for more information.
Accommodations Housing and camping/RV sites are unavailable.
Application and Contact Information Please apply by Wednesday, October 16, 2019, using the link below. For more information, contact Carlo Arreglo at 415-464-5146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness
?The Trail Patrol program is full and is not accepting applications at this time.
Overview The Trail Patrol Volunteer assists park staff in protecting park resources and facilitating safe and enjoyable visitor experiences by maintaining a National Park Service presence in front and backcountry areas on patrols in a non-commissioned role.
Work independently and alongside law enforcement rangers in patrol functions, with emphasis on visitor contact
Conduct patrols on foot, bike, boat, sea kayak, and vehicle ride-along
Educate and inform visitors about the park’s natural, historical, and cultural resources and regulations
Observe, collect, document, and report conditions of park resources and visitor well-being that require attention
Keep current on park conditions, closures, issues, etc.
Professionally represent the National Park Service by wearing a volunteer uniform and interacting with visitors in a professional, friendly, courteous, tactful, and helpful manner
Desire to interact with and help people
Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of people
Ability to function independently in backcountry and frontcountry situations
Ability to use and communicate via two-way radio
Knowledge of the park (flora, fauna, geology, history, etc.) and area helpful
Special Requirements of the Position The Trail Patrol volunteer must be able to hike backcountry areas and/or bike established bike trails in Point Reyes National Seashore. If conducting kayak patrol, the volunteer must possess kayak certification. The Trail Patrol volunteer must wear a volunteer uniform (shirt provided by the park, khaki-colored pants provided by the volunteer) and may be subject to and required to clear a background investigation.
Schedule and Time Commitment Trail Patrol volunteers are expected to make a 6 month commitment, working 16 hours per month, 4 to 8 hours per day. Work day hours are scheduled between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm.
Training Training is provided on-the-job and as opportunities arise.
Benefits to the Volunteer The Trail Patrol volunteer enjoys the satisfaction in serving and educating a variety of park visitors while representing the National Park Service. The Trail Patrol volunteer also enjoys the satisfaction in helping to protect sensitive cultural, historical, and natural resources of national significance. The volunteer gains personal enrichment through experiencing and learning about Point Reyes National Seashore, including opportunities for formal and informal training about the park’s resources, opportunities to certify in CPR and first aid, search and rescue and other types of in-house training.
Group Type Individuals are encouraged to participate.
Minimum Age Minimum age is 18.
Accommodations Housing and RV sites are not available.
Application and Contact Information Please apply using the link below. For more information, contact Jose Galindo at email@example.com or (415) 464-5177, or contact Emily Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 464-5207.
• Campground Host • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Job Title: Campground Host -- Various Park Campgrounds
Supervisor: NPS Campground Supervisor
Goal: To provide a quality camping experience for park visitors by assisting with campground operations for busy campgrounds in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Location & Dates:
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have Campground Host positions available in each district of the parks. In Kings Canyon, we are looking for hosts in the Grant Grove and Cedar Grove areas of the park and in Sequoia, we are looking for hosts in Dorst, Lodgepole, Mineral King, and the Foothills.
Most campgrounds are open from May through September although the campground located in the foothills is open year-round.
Assist with campground and kiosk operations.
Rove campground and educate campers on park and campground regulations, including proper bear-proof food storage.
Provide information to visitors on recreational opportunities in the park and surrounding areas, including the evening campfire programs and other Ranger programs.
Provide information to visitors regarding the National Recreation Reservation Service used for reservations in the National Park system.
Actively participate in the park wide safety program; inform visitors of potential dangers in the park, with a special emphasis on river safety.
Perform minor maintenance when directed, if qualified; report all other maintenance problems to the campground supervisor.
May operate cash register and collect campground fees.
Gather information on visitor use and keep the supervisor informed of problems in the campground.
Notifies supervisor or law enforcement rangers if illegal activity is observed.
Complete other duties or tasks as may be mutually agreed upon.
Qualifications: Camping experience. Ability to work independently. Good communication skills. Ability to relate to children and adults of diverse backgrounds. A positive attitude. Good listening skills. Experience handling money and operating an electronic cash register desirable. Knowledge of other languages helpful. Would prefer someone with previous campground hosting or extensive camping skills, but will train otherwise qualified people.
Other Requirements: Drivers license required. Physical demands – lots of walking and prolonged standing. Altitude of the campgrounds should be taken into consideration for individuals with health issues.
Benefits to Volunteer: Personal enrichment and experience working in a national park setting. Job training and experience in working with the public and an opportunity to interact with park staff and visitors of varying backgrounds and experiences.
Training: Host will receive orientation and training in campground operations involving a reservation system, bear management and other topics.
Working Conditions: Hosts will work a minimum of 32 hours per week, which includes weekends. Hosts will have two consecutive weekdays off. Shifts will depend upon campground needs. In return for your volunteer work, you will be given a free campsite. You will need to provide a recreational living unit. Amenities in the host sites vary from dry camping to water and electric hookups. Volunteer uniforms and park radios are provided. A government vehicle may also be provided for official duties.
Area: Campgrounds range from the foothills where summers are hot and dry to approximately 7,000 feet elevation where summer days are warm and comfortable with cool nights. The majority of work is performed outdoors in the campgrounds. Location is in prime black bear habitat, so encounters with bears are likely. The closest metropolitan areas are Fresno and Visalia.
The National Park Service is an Equal Opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be made solely on the basis of merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, creed, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, or any other non-merit factors.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: In return for your volunteer work, you will be given a free campsite. You will need to provide a recreational living unit. Campsite amenities vary based on location. Please indicate your minimum site needs in your application.
Do you like sharing your knowledge of nature with others? Then come work in the beautiful Stanislaus National Forest in California’s Central Sierra Nevada Mountains. You will be assisting with and presenting interpretive programs.
We are looking for candidates who have training in the identification and natural history of wildlife, plants, freshwater macroinvertebrates, and fish that are native to California's Central Sierra Nevada Mountains. Training in terrestrial arthropods, fungi, lichens, geology, astronomy, and California Native American culture is also desired. You must be comfortable with public contact and public speaking. Most of our audience is children ages 4-10, so experience working with this age group is desired. Please provide records of any courses or training you have had in these subjects. Also include any related work experience on your application and resume.
Other desired skills (please list any you have on your application and resume): Playing a portable musical instrument, singing, graphic arts, Microsoft Publisher software, photography/videography, publicizing on Facebook or other media, resource interpretation, promotion, Spanish language, and state driver license.
Duties: Leading and assisting with formal interpretive programs including nature walks and hikes, evening campfire programs, animal tracking, aquatic life exploration, crafts, and local Native American culture. The position also involves informal interpretation—contacting visitors directly at campsites and day use areas to provide information—and performing in skits and puppet shows and directing children to do so. Most programs are geared for ages 4-12, but we also have a couple of programs geared for older children and adults. For program details go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd641656.pdf
Other duties include distributing flyers, light cleaning of restrooms, and preparing, transporting, and setting-up/tearing down equipment and supplies (light lifting and carrying is involved). Depending on experience, you may create flyers, publicize programs on social and other media, research program material, create content for display boards, and take photos and videos. You may also perform in Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl costume, depending on your desire and ability.
Duration: Mid-June to mid-August, 2020, exact starting and ending dates are flexible.
Schedule: May include any day of the week and evenings.
Opening and Closing Dates: Open now until filled. We hope to fill the position by the mid-June start date.
Housing and reimbursements: Free barracks housing and a reimbursement for living expenses if staying in the barracks. Commute mileage is available if not staying in the barracks.
Restrictions: Must be 18 years of age or older.
How to Apply: Please provide (1) your resume, (2) references, (3) a cover letter telling us why you are interested in the position and what skills you have that are applicable to the job, and (4) records of courses or trainings you have taken that are applicable to this position, such as transcripts or certificates; records need not be official. Email to Casey Jardine at email@example.com; or paper mail to Casey Jardine, USDA Forest Service, Calaveras Ranger District, P.O. Box 500, Hathaway Pines, CA 95233.
Official Duty Station Location: Calaveras Ranger Station/District Office, located at 5519 Highway 4, Hathaway Pines, California.
Service Locations: (1) Lake Alpine Recreation Area, located on Highway 4 in Alpine County three miles east of Bear Valley Village, California (elevation 7300'); (2) Wakalu Hep Yo Campground in the Sourgrass Recreation Area, located off of Highway 4 in Calaveras County five miles northeast of Dorrington, California (elevation 4000')
Training opportunities:Central Sierra natural and cultural history, natural and cultural resource interpretation, and CPR/First Aid (if not already certified).
Recreational Opportunities: Hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, car and dispersed camping, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, scenic driving, and art and music festivals. Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe are a two to three hour drive and the ocean is a four-hour drive (San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Monterey areas).
Transportation: You will drive government vehicles on the job. To go shopping for personal supplies, you will either need your own vehicle, get a ride from someone, walk, or bike. Bus service is not available at Alpine barracks but is available in Hathaway Pines.
Local Area Amenities: The closest town to Alpine barracks is Bear Valley Village, a small resort town located 1.5 miles west; amenities include a gas station/mini-mart, small general store with groceries and supplies, sporting goods store, pizza, restaurants, library with free Internet, lodging, summer music festival; and kayak, disc golf, and bike rentals and sales. Lake Alpine Resort is two miles east and has a general store/gift shop, boat rentals, restaurant, cabins, and live music. Lake Alpine Recreation Area has car camping, picnic areas, and hiking trails. Arnold is 28 miles west with a supermarket, library with free Internet, medical clinic, lodging, pharmacy, bank, household goods, auto parts and repair, hardware stores, gas station/convenience stores, bars, restaurants, sporting goods stores, art and boutique shops, hair care, music, logging museum, and a park with a small lake. The closest full-service town with big-box stores and a hospital is Sonora, 56 miles west.
About the Stanislaus National Forest: The Stanislaus National Forest is a national forest, which is different from a national park. National forests are managed for multiple uses—timber, grazing, mining, clean water, wildlife, fishing, hunting, off-highway vehicle use, and outdoor recreation. National parks strive to keep landscapes unimpaired for future generations; they protect natural and historic features while offering light-on-the-land recreation. For information on the Stanislaus National Forest, visit the official website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus/. For information on the U.S. Forest Service visit https://www.fs.fed.us/.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Barracks housing is provided free of charge. Occupants need to bring their own bedding. You will staying at Alpine barracks most of the time, an older four-bedroom/two bath house located on Highway 4 between Bear Valley Village and Lake Alpine; amenities include a living room, washer/dryer, television, and full kitchen with cookware and dinnerware. One bathroom has a shower/tub combo; the other has a shower. All bedrooms are single-occupancy. Housing will be temporarily provided in Hathaway Pines if Alpine is late in opening due to snow. No alcohol or smoking is allowed in the barracks.
• Campground Host • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of BLM
CAMPGROUND HOST: Positions are located at Indian Creek Campground, Alpine County, California. Volunteers work 5-6 months within this timeframe. Limited phone or internet access on site (radios are used in cases of emergency).
As a Campground Host, you will typically be expected to greet campers; give directions, answer questions, and hand out pamphlets if available; help campers feel at home; perform minor maintenance and inspect the campground; clean and/or stock restrooms; keep some records; and occasionally fill out forms. A Host must work well with people, be personable and neat in appearance. BLM volunteer uniform provided. You would be required to be on-site five days per week, especially on weekends and heavy use holidays. A Host must generally be physically able to perform some raking, shoveling and sweeping. The most important job as a Campground Host is to provide an enjoyable camping experience for the public. The Host is the first and sometimes the only contact with campground users.
A campsite will be provided. Must have own trailer. Electricity, water and sewer (dump station) provided. Up to two positions, late April - mid October 2020. Bureau of Land Management - Sierra Front Field Office
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: On-site utilities no cost to volunteers: RV pads with water and electricity; black and grey water dumping available onsite at dump station only.
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Description of Duties: This volunteer position supports the mainland Outdoor Santa Barbara Visitor Center by providing information and orientation services for park visitors. Volunteers in this position will often staff the small visitor center on their own. The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, located below the visitor center, will have staff available to assist if needed. The Outdoor Santa Barbara Visitor Center is an interagency visitor center managed by the National Park Service, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and the city of Santa Barbara.
The visitor center information specialist answers a multitude of questions about park resources and visitor opportunities. These questions may involve information about cultural, natural, and human history, geology, park regulations, and transportation, as well as camping, boating, and a variety of other recreational opportunities available in the park. This position also provides visitors with information concerning local points of interest, other county, state, and national parks, and various California attractions.
This position requires the volunteer to answer telephone and mail inquiries, operate some audio-visual equipment, and stock park brochures. Collateral duties may be assigned as necessary, depending on volunteer interest. The volunteer is expected to read all updated materials provided by park staff ,in order to stay current on park resource issues and visitor center operations.
This is, at minimum, a part-time position, which requires four and a half hours of duty time per week. Volunteer shifts can occur on any day of the week, as needed by the park. The initial training period can last from two to three months, and the volunteer must be willing to commit to at least one entire year in this position.
Volunteers are expected to be at the visitor center on time for their scheduled shift. If the volunteer is unable to work, they are expected to contact their supervisor as soon as possible, and arrange for another volunteer to cover their designated shift. Exceptions to this include family and personal emergencies or illness. If the volunteer is unable to arrange for a substitute, they must notify their designated supervisor as soon as possible. Volunteers may be asked to act as a substitute on a shift other than their normal shift, to fill in for absent volunteers.
Work Conditions: This position is situated at the 4th floor Outdoor Santa Barbara Visitor Center. The majority of the work occurs indoors, within the interior of the visitor center, but roving interpretation may occur on the balcony. Typical duties may require periods of standing, bending, lifting, sitting, or walking.
While in uniform, volunteers are legally considered representatives of the park and must adhere to all NPS policies. Volunteers may only wear their uniform when engaged in official duties.
Volunteers must follow the park media policy and procedures. All media requests for information and interviews must be forwarded to the park’s public information officer.
In accordance with Department of Interior ethics regulations, volunteers, if engaged in teaching, speaking or writing as an outside activity, may not use or permit the use of their official title or position to promote the activity.
Knowledge/Skills/Experience:The volunteer needs: 1) to acquire a working knowledge of the cultural and natural history and resources of the Channel Islands; 2) to be able to use available brochures, handouts, files, bookstore, and library resources to provide information to visitors; 3) to communicate effectively and relate to persons of all ethnicities, social and economic backgrounds, and age groups.
• Natural Resources Planning • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Habitat Restoration Team Internship Golden Gate National Recreation Area Position: January 2020 - December 2020
Habitat Restoration Team (HRT) is a National Park Service volunteer stewardship program established in 1987. HRT engages community members to help preserve, restore, and maintain the natural diversity and beauty of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which spans over 80,000 acres of diverse habitats in the San Francisco Bay Area. HRT’s main goal is to control invasive, non-native plants and restore native plant communities in coastal scrub, grassland, wetland, and oak/bay woodland habitats. The internship is primarily field-based and vegetation focused and involves weekly assistance with volunteer restoration workdays located in the Marin Headlands, Tennessee Valley, Stinson Beach, and beyond.
Description of Duties: ? Vegetation management - Conduct invasive plant control work in rugged conditions with hand tools, power tools, herbicide, etc.; outplant native species; assist in seed collection, monitoring, and strategic planning. ? Volunteer management - Help plan and lead volunteer workdays; teach and guide new volunteers through plant identification, vegetation management techniques, site history, and safety; coordinate volunteer group events. ? Data collection - Record, map, and update work performed reports in databases and with GPS/GIS; track and report volunteer hours; inventory tools and supplies. ? Program support - Clean and maintain tools; coordinate schedules and events; create quarterly newsletters for volunteers, attend relevant meetings and trainings regularly. Desired Qualifications: ? Strong commitment to the preservation and protection of native plant and wildlife communities on public lands and eagerness to work outside in all conditions ? Strong desire to engage and educate volunteers from diverse backgrounds on habitat restoration and conservation
? Education and/or experience in biological sciences particularly ecological restoration, environmental studies, plant biology, ecology, or horticulture ? Ability to work in groups and independently with little supervision and self-motivate to complete tasks on time ? Ability to work well in a team; pitches in and contributes to achieving group goals; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed while balancing team and individual responsibilities ? Strong organizational skills, initiative and attention to detail ? An active interest in natural resource management and community outreach ? Ability to work with adults and children of diverse backgrounds ? Ability to use basic computer programs (Microsoft Office Suite, GIS experience not required, but a plus) ? Strong oral and written communication skills ? Experience working with or leading groups and the desire and ability to supervise, train and inspire others ? Ability to work outdoors in varying climate, on steep slopes and carry up to 30 pounds ? A valid driver’s license and a clean, safe driving record; interns will be responsible for driving government vehicles (pick-up trucks) to work sites and routine maintenance Benefits: ? Gain volunteer/natural resource management experience at a popular urban National Park. ? Participate in professional development opportunities through Park Academy Classes and various trainings such as CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, park orientation and history, flora and fauna, program and field techniques, threatened & endangered species, and more. ? Enjoy and learn about the history, scenery, wildlife, and cultural resources of a spectacular National Park. ? Work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands while building community. Housing: Dormitory-style Park housing is available. The dorm, located near the HRT office in the Marin Headlands, offers basic accommodations of a furnished private room, shared kitchen, bathrooms and common areas. Interns must sign a housing contract and are responsible for basic chores. Interns in Park housing receive a $225/week taxable stipend. Local applicants (within 50 miles) may not live in Park housing, but receive a $375/week stipend. Stipends are taxable and paid bi-weekly. Terms: 40 hours a week, Sunday through Thursday work schedule, 10-12 month commitment required. Start date is January, 2020. Contact: Please email a thoughtful cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org More info: (415) 289-1861 http://www.parksconservancy.org/get-involved/volunteer/drop-in-programs/habitat- restoration-team.html
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Housing: Dormitory-style Park housing is available. The dorm, located near the HRT office in the
Marin Headlands, offers basic accommodations of a furnished private room, shared kitchen,
bathrooms and common areas. Interns must sign a housing contract and are responsible for
basic chores. Interns in Park housing receive a $225/week taxable stipend. Local applicants
(within 50 miles) may not live in Park housing, but receive a $375/week stipend. Stipends are
taxable and paid bi-weekly.
• Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of FS
The Palomar Ranger District on the Cleveland National Forest is seeking volunteers for trail safety patrol for the San Diego River Gorge Trail.
San Diego River Gorge Trail provides access to Cedar Creek Falls which is a popular local destination. This opportunity is ideal for volunteers who enjoy the great outdoors, hiking, and working with the public. Volunteers must have the ability to hike a minimum of six miles one to three times a week. The ability to work independently, good communication skills, ability to relate to children and adults of diverse backgrounds, a positive attitude, and good listening skills are needed.
Physical demands - lots of walking and prolonged standing. Summer daytime temperatures can often top 100 degrees in the Cedar Creek Falls Area. This should be taken into consideration for individuals with health issues affecting heat tolerance.
Your duties will include:
Educating forest visitors on the geography of the area, safety concerns while hiking the trail, as well as rules and regulations, including the requirements for a permit to visit Cedar Creek Falls.
Assisting Forest Service personnel by keeping forest visitors off the cliff closure areas.
Assisting hikers who are suffering from the effects of the trail.
For more information, contact Jose Cervantes by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 760-788-0250, ext. 73344
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: The Forest Service will not be providing housing. Volunteers must be from the local area, and provide own transportation.
• Computers • Research Library • Historical Preservation • Office/Clerical • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park docents share their unique maritime knowledge with park visitors through educational programs and informal contacts.
All Active Maritime Volunteers MUST have a signed and dated 301-A Volunteer Agreement form/ Application on file in the volunteer office before any volunteer service of any type can be provided to the park or program.
This position advertisement is open only to US Residents & the Territories thereof.
Docent work indoors as well as outdoors, landside serving at the park’s visitor center, maritime museum, Hyde Street Pier and other associated park contact stations as well as over the water providing 30-minute walking tours and interpretive services aboard the park’s small fleet of National Historic Landmark Ships (NHLS) found moored alongside historic Hyde Street Pier located at the far west-end of world famous Fisherman’s Wharf.
Duties may also include interacting with the general public answering a variety of questions about such subjects as Pacific Coast maritime history, San Francisco & surrounding geographic areas, answering telephones and take school group reservations including subjects of interest or opportunities within the National Park Service.
Time Commitment: There is a requested minimal time commitment of one-year at 10 hours per/ month.
For the right person this is a unique opportunity to be a part of an amazing team of maritime interpreters in “America’s Only Floating National Park”.
If this position is of interest to you and you wish to learn more about this fascinating opportunity, please call1 (415) 561-7161 to learn more or to schedule an interview with the park’s Docent Coordinator.
Again, thank you for your interest in the National Park Service, San Francisco Maritime NHP and our Volunteers In Parks (VIP) program!
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: Unfortunately, Housing is not provided for staff or volunteers.
• Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Other • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of NPS
Come see a different side of Yosemite, and enjoy the quiet and beauty of the Hetch Hetchy area of the park in winter and spring! We’re looking for a volunteer to work at the Hetch Hetchy entrance area providing information to park visitors and supporting park operations.
For many hikers, the ultimate Yosemite experience is heading out into the wilderness, miles and miles away from any human structures, crowds, constraints or routines. In winter time, scenery and solitude are abundant at Hetch Hetchy. Come be a part of this experience and help others to enjoy it, too.
Yosemite’s Canyon Ranch District in winter is spectacular and the Hetch Hetchy Entrance/Information Station becomes a one-stop location for backpackers and visitors exploring the area. The volunteers will issue day-use permits, wilderness permits (required for overnight wilderness travel), and education and information about the area. Most of your time will be spent working in an entrance and information station. Additionally, you will support the bear-resistant canister rental program by issuing bear cans to backpackers entering the wilderness. You will be handling money from the bear-proof canister rental program, and posting weekly weather updates for visitors to view. You will have the opportunity to help educate the public, provide excellent customer service, issue permits, answer questions, and work alongside wilderness and law enforcement rangers while representing the National Park Service.
Volunteers will work and train in mountainous winter conditions. Ice, snow and rain are all hazards that volunteers will encounter on a daily basis. The housing area for volunteers is approximately 30 yards from the entrance station, and volunteers may have the opportunity to participate in search and rescue and emergency medical services trainings within Yosemite National Park. Volunteers may also be asked to participate in trail clean-up work within the Hetch Hetchy backcountry.
The park will provide a daily reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses in the amount of $10/work day (depending on available funding) for full time volunteers.
The park will provide free housing and utilities. We also welcome applicants from the local commuting areas who have their own housing for full or part time work.
Recreational opportunities in the area are endless and at your doorstep. Nearby amenities include the town of Groveland (45 minutes one way) with library, grocery store and several restaurants. The nearby Evergreen Lodge offers a small store and restaurant. The grandeur of Yosemite Valley is about an hour’s drive away.
Volunteer is expected to provide their own transportation to work. It is HIGHLY recommended that the volunteer have 4wd on their vehicle due to the large amount of snow that falls in the winter and the windy roads that access Hetch Hetchy. Housing is provided as part of this position, and RV hookups are not available.
For more information on this position please contact the Yosemite Volunteer Office at (209) 379-1850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: Housing and utilities will be provided. You will have your own bedroom in shared housing in a 3 bedroom house.
• Botany • Other • Natural Resources Planning
Intern, Restoration Nursery & Community Programs
Golden Gate National Recreation Area Full-time, 11 months, Housing + Stipend
Are you interested in native plants, working outdoors, and growing plants for restoration? Are you excited to work with a wide range of audiences including community volunteers and youth? We are looking for 6 year-long interns to join the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Nursery Program! The Park Nurseries support the mission of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area by providing native plants for restoration efforts, serving as outdoor classrooms, and encouraging community volunteers. As a team and as a public-serving program, we are committed to equity and inclusion. TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Plant and Nursery Work: Interns assist with plant production including seed collection, propagation, and care of native plants for restoration. With training and ample hands-on practice, interns will: identify and collect seeds and cuttings in the field; process and store seeds; sow and transplant seedlings; perform routine maintenance like watering, weeding, pruning, and fertilizing; conduct facility maintenance, repair, cleaning, and improvements; keep accurate records and use a specialized database; and follow best management practices for nursery sanitation. Volunteer and Education Programs: Interns assist with managing education, volunteer, and community
programs. With training and ample hands-on practice, interns will: co-lead volunteer and curriculum- based education programs; educate new volunteers and students in nursery practices and plant
identification; give presentations for a variety of audiences; recruit, coordinate, and retain volunteers; record and enter program records into a database; coordinate and perform outreach; take and organize digital images; and support summer youth interns. QUALIFICATIONS • Interest in plants and restoration: Supports the preservation and protection of native plant and wildlife communities. Knowledge of or interest in native plants, nursery work, restoration, environmental studies, or another related field. Wants to learn plant identification and how to use taxonomic keys. • Interest in education and volunteer programs: Interested in leading, teaching, and encouraging volunteers and youth groups. Committed to treating all people with respect regardless of background, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or viewpoints. • Work ethic: Wants to work outside while maintaining a positive attitude. Able to work in a focused manner, whether alone or in a team. After initial guidance and training, can work on projects independently. • Record keeping: Able to accurately record information and data. Can self-check work and use computer programs (Microsoft Office/Excel or Google Docs). Willing to use other applications and nursery database systems. • Driving: A valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a pickup truck. If selected, needs a successful DMV record check and clearance to drive company vehicles.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONS • Interns work primarily at one of three program sites (Marin Headlands, Presidio, or Fort Funston/Oceana). • Work is performed mainly outdoors. Exposure to ticks, poison oak, weather extremes, and other conditions can be expected. There is additional work indoors and operating computers. • Work requires the ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 30 pounds. • This position receives training and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the safe use of disinfectants and tools. TERMS Internship Start: January 14, 2020 Length of Position: 11-month commitment through December 2020 Schedule: 40 hours per week, Tuesday - Saturday schedule Vacation and sick time provided Compensation and Housing Options: • Stipend with housing: Weekly taxable per diem stipend of $225/week and free housing. Housing is a single-occupancy, dormitory-style building in the Presidio or in the Marin Headlands. Basic accommodations include a furnished private room, shared kitchen, and common areas. Interns must sign a housing contract, abide by residential rules, and help maintain the household. Housing does not accommodate partners, family members, or pets. • Stipend without housing: Weekly taxable per diem stipend of $375/week (no housing). Eligibility for this option is limited; please inquire if interested. TO APPLY Submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume including relevant personal and professional experience. Apply by October 14 by sending your application (in PDF format) to email@example.com.
For full details, visit our website at https://www.parksconservancy.org/careers/internship-native-plant- nursery-community-programs.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dorm Style
• Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • General Assistance
Day Use Area Volunteer:
This Position is Year Round 2019
Seeking a COUPLE to perform multiple light and medium duty tasks at all the Day Use areas at Hensley Lake. Duties will include litter removal, painting, landscaping, plant irrigation, giving visitor assistance and special projects given by the park rangers. (Updated 09/30/2019)
• Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • General Assistance
Campground Maintenance Volunteer:
Dates: April 01, 2020 through To Be Announced, But Right Now Ending Date is = (October 31, 2020)
Volunteer Duties: The main duties will include cleaning fire pits, washing tables, picking up litter, and reporting any damage. Other duties such as cleaning restrooms, inspecting trails, painting, and other job duties will be determined based on volunteer’s interests and skills. Work will be located in multiple recreation areas at the project.
Special Skills: Looking for volunteers with a positive attitude who are able to work well with others and set a positive example for the visiting public. (Updated 09/30/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: A campsite with full hookups will be provided in lieu of payment for work. Individuals or couples will be expected to work a total of 25 hours a week for a total of 100 hours a month.
The Visitors Center volunteer will provide assistance in the Kaweah Heritage Visitor Center greeting the public, answering questions about the visitor center and local area, answering phones, make sales in the Sequoia Natural History Association bookstore, and stock the brochure rack and use the cash register and fax/copy machine as needed. Volunteer should be comfortable speaking to the public, outgoing, energetic, professional, and enjoy meeting new people.
1. Desire to meet and interact with persons from varied backgrounds. 2. Cognitive, verbal and auditory ability to answer questions and communicate with various constituents who call or stop into the Visitors Center. 3. Ability to use cash register and balance daily funds at end of shift. 4. Auditory ability to respond to verbal requests. 5. Visually able to spot safety hazards and take prompt appropriate action to correct in accordance with training provided.
1. Customer Service, office experience, or work with public. 2. Previous outdoor recreation experience as employee or volunteer. 3. Computer literacy. 4. Knowledge of Excel, Adobe, Word and other computer programs. (Updated 09/30/2019)
• Campground Host • Other • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Lake Sonoma/Warm Springs Dam Located in the California Wine Country, Lake Sonoma has an Immediate Opening: Nestled in the beautiful coastal foothills of Sonoma County, California, Lake Sonoma is surrounded by world famous vineyards and land that is rich in history. Created by the construction of Warm Springs Dam in 1983, the lake provides for flood control, irrigation and recreation. The park has more than 17,000 acres to explore, including more than 47 miles of trails and when the lake is full over 50 miles of shoreline. Recreational opportunities include: hiking, biking, equestrian, boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, swimming, fishing and hunting to name a few.
Visitor Center Assistant & Camp Host Needed:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2019
Work at U.S. Army Corps of Engineer, Lake Sonoma Recreation Area in Geyserville, Ca. Volunteer is assigned to the Milt Brandt Visitor Center and the Don Clausen Fish Hatchery to perform the following work: Answer visitor's questions, explain park rules, regulations and provide any needed assistance. Presents short interpretive talks to campers, groups of visitors and school groups as needed. Roves and provides information in the Don Clausen Fish Hatchery. You will operate cash register to make sales for the Friends of Lake Sonoma gift shop and other assigned duties.
Special Skills: The volunteer must be able to absorb a great deal of natural and cultural history information and use that information when speaking to the public. All volunteers must be able to work with the visiting public and maintain a positive attitude. The volunteer will be provided on the job training and any required safety training necessary to help them carry out their duties. All volunteers are given an orientation to the park and provided with volunteer uniform components. Volunteers must wear a uniform when on duty and safety equipment as required by their duties.
The RV pads are located in the Liberty Glen Campground a short drive from the visitor center. The RV site does have a phone line that the volunteer can use to set up local phone service. Pets are allowed but must be under control, on a 6 foot leash at all times and be non-intrusive to others and wildlife. A 15% discount is granted in the Friends of Lake Sonoma book store. No monetary compensation is available for these volunteer positions. (Updated 09/30/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The Park has six RV campsites available: Year round - with hook ups (water, electric [up to 30 amps] and septic). Use of the RV campsites will require working 24 hours per week, a three month minimum commitment and at least three, eight hour days per volunteer, per week and please provide references from previous volunteer or work experience on the application. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, freezer, internet and local phone service.
• Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • General Assistance
Acorn Campground Summer Position Only:
The Acorn campground during the summer is a quiet get away for people who enjoy the peace that the changing of seasons has to offer. These warmer months attract sportsmen, anglers, and smaller camping groups. The Acorn campground includes a total of 132 campsites, however during the time that this position is offered the amount of sites ranges from 55 to 77. Applicants will not collect fees, or be responsible for operating an entrance station. Volunteers are needed for 3 to 4 month terms that include 20 to 25 hours per week of service. Volunteers ensure that the beauty of New Hogan Lake is preserved for park guests by performing minor maintenance and other responsibilities. These responsibilities can include, litter pick up, the emptying of fire pits, and guaranteeing that reservation cards are placed on campsites before guests arrive. (Updated 09/30/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: In exchange for volunteer services hosts will be provided with, an RV site, electricity, water, and sewage at no charge. The host is required to maintain a telephone at their own expense.
• Campground Host • Office/Clerical • Other • General Assistance
Camp Host Volunteers:
1. Check in and register campers, collect fees, keep accurate records and maintain security of funds during operations.
2. Remit fees using ORMS (Online Recreation Management Software) through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS). Prior experience is preferred.
3. Answer visitor questions regarding recreation opportunities and park rules.
4. Relay camper complaints and compliance issues to Park Ranger staff
5. Open and close gates daily (when on duty).
1. Host volunteers must be bondable to $100,000?. The United States Army Corps of Engineers will pay for the bond.
2. Weekly volunteer time requirement is 24 hours.
3. We seek experienced, cheerful, outgoing camp hosts to volunteer at Lake Mendocino. Candidates are primarily responsible for assisting visitors with the registration process. Lake Mendocino signs volunteers up for three month blocks. This does not mean that the volunteer is limited to three months, it just means the volunteer agreement will have to be renewed if both the volunteer and Lake Mendocino are satisfied with the agreement.
Amenities: Full Hookup (sewer, water, 30amp electric) Paved, level site (Updated 09/30/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Amenities: Full Hookup (sewer, water, 30amp electric) Paved, level site