• Computers • Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Join the Cumberland Volunteer Staff and be the catalyst for great visitor experiences! Volunteers at the C&O Canal National Historical Park Cumberland Visitor Center welcome thousands of park visitors every year and provide invaluable information regarding the park’s historical, natural, and recreational resources.
Responsibilities Include: - Maintain visitor center operations - Direct visitor center calls and provide information to the public - Operate the cash register and stock the small bookstore/sales area - Provide informal interpretation services including: roving the towpath and basin area, staffing the Cumberland Visitor Center located in the Western Maryland Railway Station - Assist with special events and programming
Skills/Training Recommended: Each volunteer will receive an orientation to the Cumberland Visitor Center and visitor services. Cash register training will be provided. CPR training is a plus but not a requirement. Throughout the year park staff provide opportunities for volunteer trainings, i.e. Bike Safety, Interpretation Training, etc. Please notify the park supervisor if you are interested in participating.
Positions are available year-round and are flexible to accommodate any schedule. Volunteer shifts currently available include 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Volunteer shirts provided.
Cumberland Address/Contact Information: The C&O Canal NHP Cumberland Visitor Center is located at 13 Canal Street, Cumberland, MD 21502. If you are interested in joining the Cumberland Volunteer Staff, please contact Park Ranger Stephanie Siemek at (301)491-2597 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: At this time, we only accept volunteers for the Cumberland Visitor Center volunteer program who are at least 18 years of age.
Duties may include any or all of the following: assisting and greeting campers, assist campers with making reservations, public information, litter pick up, trail maintenance, fire ring and table cleaning, helping out with events such as Special Recreation Day, the chainsaw festival, Pumpkin Fest, and Shoreline Cleanup. Five day (30 hours) work week including weekends and holidays, days off are mid-week.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: : This position includes a free full hookup campsite for the duration of your service.
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
ALL ABOARD for a Unique Volunteer Opportunity!
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is part of an exciting program onboard Amtrak's Capitol Limited between Cumberland, Maryland, and Washington, DC. This route runs through the Potomac River valley parallel to the historic C & O Canal and through the town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Trails & Rails volunteers must be able to lift 35 lbs, climb stairs, move through narrow spaces, and work long days.
Volunteers work in teams of two, boarding the train in Cumberland in the morning around 9:15 a.m. and returning there about 7:30 p.m. at night. While on the train, volunteers will provide narration and information to passengers about the history of the canal, the railroad, the Civil War, nearby towns, and natural features along the route.
Training is provided in the spring by Trails & Rails, NPS, and Amtrak staff.
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity or would like to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Park Ranger Stephanie Siemek at the Cumberland Visitor Center by calling 301-491-2597, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Please note: At this time, we only accept volunteers for the Trails & Rails program who are at least 18 years of age.
One full-time intern is needed to support avian monitoring with the National Park Service on the Maryland portion of the island. This 26 week position has a preferred start date of 6 April 2020. A great opportunity to build monitoring and management skills by working with a high density plover breeding colony on an evolving barrier beach habitat. Piping Plovers are small, ground nesting shorebirds that are federally listed as a Threatened species. Limited work with other migrant and breeding birds and with predator management. Position requires: a strong interest in bird conservation; ability to locate and monitor cryptic shorebirds by sight, call and tracks, and precocial chicks at 100-300 meters; use of optical equipment; the ability to work in close-knit groups and independently with minimal supervision; must be attentive to details; ability to accurately complete data sheets, a 0600-1430 work day; walking in loose sand under direct sunlight carrying moderate loads (10-20 kg); exposure to high humidity, blowing sand and occasional biting insects; operation of government ORV's (valid driver's license required); lodging in government housing. A B.S. degree in biological science, ecology, natural resources management, conservation biology or related field is recommended.
Housing, Uniforms, and Subsistence Reimbursement: Interns are given a subsistence reimbursement and provided free on-site housing and uniforms. Modern, furnished housing is provided free of charge to those living greater than 50 miles from park headquarters. Housing is located close to park headquarters and the beach. Interns will most likely share a room (same sex) and share living areas. Amenities include: full kitchen, microwaves, pots, pans, plates, utensils, and air conditioning, free washer/dryers and local phone calls. Other housing amenities include screened-in porches, a volleyball court, bbq grills and a well-equipped fitness room. Smoking is prohibited inside housing, and pets are not allowed. Groceries, general shopping, medical facilities and other amenities are located within 7 miles of the Park. A car is recommended for transportation, but a bicycle may be adequate for some.
Area Information: Assateague Island National Seashore, managed by the National Park Service, is an Atlantic coast barrier island and shallow water estuary habitat. It is located in northeastern Maryland, near the seaside resort of Ocean City, MD. Assateague Island is famous for its wild ponies and 37 miles of white, sandy beaches. Numerous outdoor recreational opportunities are available in the area including: fishing, crabbing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, camping and bird watching. The Natural Resource Management Division inventories, monitors, and manages biological, geological, and cultural resources and employs specialists in wildlife, vegetation, water quality, geographic information systems, and geophysical sciences.
How to Apply:
Complete the on-line volunteer application.
Send a cover letter stating the specific internship for which you are applying, as well as an explanation of your qualifications and interest for the job.
Send a resume documenting your work experience, education, skills, interests, etc.
Send a copy of your most recent college transcript (unofficial). Also a list of additional courses you will have completed by the start of the internship that do not appear on your transcript.
Send names and contact information, including phone numbers, for 3 references.
Include addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers where you can be reached and dates you will be available at different addresses (home and school).
Contact Tami Pearl, Biological Science Technician, Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, Maryland 21811, 410-629-6069, tami_pearl AT nps.gov
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Modern, furnished housing is provided free of charge to those living greater than 50 miles from park headquarters. Housing is located close to park headquarters and the beach. Interns will most likely share a room (same sex) and share living areas. Amenities include: full kitchen, microwaves, pots, pans, plates, utensils, and air conditioning, free washer/dryers and local phone calls. Other housing amenities include screened-in porches, a volleyball court, bbq grills and a well-equipped fitness room. Smoking is prohibited inside housing, and pets are not allowed. Groceries, general shopping, medical facilities and other amenities are located within 7 miles of the Park. A car is recommended for transportation, but a bicycle may be adequate for some.
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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This is an environmental education position located within the division of interpretation at Assateague Island National Seashore. The position is in the Maryland and Virginia Districts of the island. Although considered a volunteer assignment, the intern will work alongside salaried seasonal and permanent naturalists and have similar duties and performance requirements.
College level academic background in natural science or education preferred, but not necessary
Public speaking and writing skills
Valid driver's license
Dates of Service: This is a 10-week position requiring weekend work. The workweek consists of 5 days (40 hours) with 2 consecutive days off. The spring environmental education position will begin April 12, 2020. Applicants must be available for the entire internship from April 12 through June 27.
Duties and Responsibilities: The intern will spend considerable time learning about the resource and preparing education programs. Spring interns will participate in a two week long training program beginning Monday, April 13. Participants will take part in a busy environmental education program, as well as preparation of selected weekend programs and activities presented for the public. Interns must be willing to work with students in all grades Pre-K through high school and use a variety of educational techniques including puppetry, poetry and singing. Many programs are conducted outside, even if the weather is cold.
Each intern will learn the basics of marine biology and barrier island ecology and, in turn, provide interpretation of this knowledge to school students and visitors through regularly scheduled beach, ecology, and marsh walks. Visitor center information desk duty should be anticipated along with bookshop sales. The intern must interpret the center's aquatic specimens in a saltwater aquarium and touch tank.
Housing, Uniforms, and Stipend: Assateague Island National Seashore provides free housing for interns. Housing is dormitory style and rooms are shared. Houses are completely furnished, with the exception of linens and specialized cooking utensils. Camping site/RV pad is not available for this position. Intern must provide own transportation to and from the seashore. The National Park Service will provide a uniform shirt. Interns receive bi-weekly reimbursement for food and living expenses.
Assateague Island can be windy and cold in the spring and hot and humid in the summer. Biting flies, mosquitoes and ticks are a natural part of the resource experience. The intern can expect to exert a physical effort in outdoor programs.
To apply, submit the following:
A cover letter or formal email stating your reason for interest in the position. Please indicate which district you would like to be considered for.
Resume (including at least 2 references)
Grade transcript (does not need to be official)
E-mail information to Kelly_Taylor@nps.gov or mail to Kelly Taylor, Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD 21811
Position will remain open until the appropriate candidate is found.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Assateague Island National Seashore provides free housing for interns. Housing is dormitory style and rooms are shared. Houses are completely furnished, with the exception of linens and specialized cooking utensils. Camping site/RV pad is not available for this position.
Interested in campground hosting on one of America’s most beautiful barrier islands? Assateague Island National Seashore has begun accepting camp host applications for the 2021 mid-March through mid-November season. We need individuals or couples with outstanding interpersonal abilities and excellent customer service skills to represent the National Park Service and serve as the daily “eyes and ears” of our oceanside and bayside campgrounds.
National Seashore campgrounds include 41 oceanside drive-in sites, 49 bayside drive-in sites, 5 group sites, 58 oceanside walk-in tent sites located in sand dunes, and 2 horse camping sites (seasonal). Campgrounds offer drinking water, unheated showers, vault toilets, picnic tables and fire rings. We also have oceanside and bayside dump stations with potable water.
Wildlife watching is abundant with a variety of birds, wild horses, white tail and sika deer.
Duties: Camp hosts will welcome campers, provide directions, advise guests of activities occurring within the park and the surrounding area, answer questions and educate campers on campground rules and regulations. Hosts monitor the campground to ensure visitors occupy their sites in accordance with park policy, are displaying applicable documentation, and are vacating sites in a timely manner at checkout.
Hosts routinely perform minor maintenance duties such as cleaning fire pits and picking up trash. Other duties may be assigned as necessary. Record keeping and occasionally filling out forms is also required. Campground hosts are expected to provide timely information to National Park Service ranger staff regarding potential safety concerns as well as maintenance and repair needs raised by visitors or through personal observations. Hosts are also expected to participate in staff training throughout the season, which will include orientation as well as safety and staff meetings. Two of the most important jobs as campground host are to provide an enjoyable camping experience for the public and assist NPS park staff in protecting park resources.
Time commitment: There is a one month time commitment with staggered -- beginning of the month and mid-month -- starting and ending times. Hosts will work a minimum of 20 hours per week and are required to be on site 5 days per week, especially on weekends and heavy use holidays. Hosts will have two consecutive days off Monday through Friday; shifts will vary depending on campground needs. Most work days revolve around the core hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but infrequent knocks on a host’s camper door at all hours of the day and night should be expected.
Requirements: Hosts are expected to wear a volunteer uniform, name tag and cap (all provided) when working with visitors. Hosts are to arrive with adequate housing for the length of their commitment. Trailers, campers or motor homes are recommended. Tent camping is permitted at the host site. Hosts are provided a paved back-in site with electrical and water hookups at no charge. Host sites are located on the ocean side and bay side of the island.
Working conditions: Host duties are performed outdoors in a variety of weather environments typical to an ocean barrier island. During the summer hosts must be able to tolerate high humidity, temperatures sometimes exceeding 100 degrees, and buggy (mosquitoes, black files, ticks) conditions. There are very few trees on the island; therefore, there is very limited shade. Hosts should be in good physical condition and be able to walk up to a mile on irregular natural ground and beach/sandy surfaces several times a day. A valid driver’s license is required to use golf carts which are shared between hosts.
Please provide two references when applying. Contact Betsy Bangert for more information at 410-629-6603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: An RV pad with electric and water hook-ups is available at no charge. You are required to use the public dump station located within the campground.
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
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The National Map Corps - Volunteer Map Editor
Volunteers collect structures data for The National Map using our online mapping application. Structures include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations, cemeteries, and other important public buildings. Volunteers check the location of existing structure points against aerial imagery to verify that it is on the correct building, and confirm that the name and address information are correct using authoritative sources (e.g. official school district website). Volunteers also add missing structure points to the map, and remove points for structures that no longer exist. By updating and verifying structures data across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, volunteers are making significant contributions to USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately U.S. Topo Maps!
If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating! You do not need to live in any particular area to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.
Volunteers earn virtual badges for participating and are recognized for their contributions (with permission) via USGS and The National Map social media.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: This volunteer activity is done from your home or anywhere with Internet access.
We are looking for positions for June 20 through October 30 , 2020.
The Greenbelt campground is located in Greenbelt, Maryland located 13 miles from the White House. Greenbelt is in the Maryland suburbs. The park has over 1100 acres and is termed as an urban oasis. The campground has 174 sites with hot showers and bathroom facilities.
The host receives electric, sewer, and water hookups in exchange for host duties. Host duties include doing a patrol in the park at dusk locking two gates and patrolling through the campground to greet campers. You will help us with site specific reservations in the campground. There is NO law enforcement duties, bathroom cleanup or fee collection in the host position at Greenbelt. The ranger staff is on duty from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The host position usually lasts three to four months depending on the park and host needs. The position hours are 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. with two off days during the week.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The host receives electric, sewer, and water hookups in exchange for host duties.
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is looking for volunteers interested in assisting the Visitor Services program, including staffing a large Visitor Center, leading interpretive and educational programs, assisting with special events, gardening, and trail and facility maintenance.
In exchange for 24 hours of volunteer service per week per person, the Refuge provides full hook-up (electricity, water and septic) and laundry facilities on site. Year-round opportunities are available in 3 month increments. Preference will be given to those available in spring (March/April/May) and fall (September/October/November).
Blackwater NWR is a part of the largest wetland complex in the Chesapeake Bay system and includes over 29,000 acres of rich tidal marsh, loblolly and mixed hardwood forest, managed freshwater wetlands and cropland. The refuge has one of the highest concentrations of nesting bald eagles on the Atlantic coast north of Florida. Visitors from all over the world visit Blackwater NWR each year to view spectacular wildlife, hike trails, paddle waterways, and enjoy the scenic landscapes. The refuge is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, only a few hours away from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, and an hour from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Two concrete trailer pads are available. RV pads have full hook-ups with electricity, water and septic. Laundry facilities are available on-site.
• Construction/Maintenance • Historical Preservation • Visitor Information
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The C&O Canal Quarters Program is seeking new Quartermasters for Lockhouses 6, 10, 21, 22, 25, 28 and 49!
The ideal Quartermaster is someone who lives near the lockhouse, who passes by (or could pass by) frequently, who has good home maintenance and repair skills, is able to lift up to 40 pounds, is familiar with NPS procedures, and who would enjoy the responsibility, authority, and status (as an NPS volunteer) that the role of Quartermaster entails. The Quartermaster’s primary responsibility is to maintain oversight of the lockhouse through frequent on-site inspections and frequent communication with the Trust about issues that arise.
Specifically, the Quartermaster will be expected to do the following: · Respond to urgent on-site visitor concerns (e.g. keys that do not open the door or inclement weather). · Periodically inspect lockhouse premises, a minimum of twice weekly, preferably on Fridays and Mondays. The Quartermaster will check status of interpretive media, utilities, furnishings, and supplies. Restock or rectify, as needed. Report issues to the Trust. · Make small repairs within their capacities, as needed. (Cost of supplies would be covered by the Trust.) · Arrange for professional contractors identified by the Trust to make repairs beyond Quartermaster’s personal capacity. · Maintain the yard (mowing, string trimming), clean signs, and repaint picnic table as needed. Remove and dispose of ashes from ash pits as necessary. · Monitor for routine rodent and pest issues. · Notify the Trust or NPS if there is evidence of non-compliance with NPS or Trust lockhouse user regulations and policies. · Quartermasters will be expected to have a backup or assistant with whom they will coordinate schedules so one of them will be available during periods when visitors have reserved the lockhouse. · Submit inspection and maintenance reports to the Trust on a monthly basis using the Trust’s standard inspection and reporting format. · Participate in semi-annual or annual lockhouse inspection visits with Trust and NPS personnel. · Coordinate and participate in semi-annual or annual volunteer maintenance work projects.
If you are interested in applying to serve as a Quartermaster, please send an email or letter expressing your interest and qualifications to:
• Construction/Maintenance • Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Canal Steward Program
Location: Montgomery County, MD; Georgetown, DC
Do you have a favorite section of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal? Is it a mile of towpath? The Marsden Tract Campground? Or even the Pennyfield Lockhouse? Become a C&O Canal Steward and adopt a site! Adoption areas available from Georgetown to Seneca Creek Aqueduct for a one year renewable term (March 2019-March 2020).
The Canal Steward Adoption Program focuses on beautification projects to maintain and enhance the facilities and resources of areas which have been adopted. Volunteers formally adopt the site and are presented with an adoption package detailing their commitment and the tasks they are responsible for completing at the designated site. Adoption of a site in the park fosters stewardship and pride in the resource and in the mission the National Park Service strives to uphold.
Common Canal Steward duties include:
Cleaning park signs
Picking up litter
Annually painting picnic tables and other park structures
This service opportunity is open to individuals, scout troops, clubs, businesses, etc. willing to commit to be Canal Stewards for a one year renewable term. Individual applicants and group leaders must be at least 18 years of age.
Supplies and equipment are furnished by the Volunteer Office.
For more information, or to see a sample Adoption Package, contact Cheyenne Sebold at email@example.com.
• Construction/Maintenance • Historical Preservation • Other • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Note: This opportunity is for groups of 15 +
Does your organization want to plan a day of service? Perhaps you would like to give back by completing a service project that assists in a myriad of fun and meaningful projects that help to maintain the park and ensure enjoyment of visitors, present and future. We are looking to plan for Spring 2020.
Some examples of projects include landscape work, painting, and general clean-up of the parks of Greenbelt Park. Tools and gloves are provided. We will work with you on the day and time of your day of service. By volunteering, you can help advance the National Park Service mission and have a lasting effect on generations to come. Join in the fun!
The Camp Host Program at Greenbrier State Park is very important to us. It is an extension of our work team and our best contact with campers. There are many benefits to hosting here. By working 25 hours a week, you camp for free in a beautiful setting and become part of our family. Water, sewer and electric are all included. We also provide you with a golf cart and private laundry facilities.
As a camp host, you would introduce yourselves to the campers, cleaning camp sites, picking up trash, touch up the bathrooms and assist the staff when needed.
We recognize how important camp hosts are to our operation. You make people feel welcome. A host can turn a negative experience into a positive one.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: Camp Host sites have water, electric and sewer
Join Greenbelt Park at Fort Meade and Joint Andrews to help hand out Military passes to our active military and their dependents. We are also handing out Access passes to Veterans with disabilities.
You will need to be able to get on Fort Meade and Joint Base Andrews in order to qualify for this volunteer position. (Veteran with a CAC card will be give access).
We usually go to Fort Meade and Joint Base Andrews once a month on a weekday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. We are also going to Fort Meade for their Fall Festival on Saturday October 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Volunteer once or on an ongoing basis. Thank the active military for their service and sacrifice.
Job Description: Assist the maintenance staff with projects and upkeep of public use areas, facilities, & equipment. Volunteers will work on numerous tasks from carpentry, mowing, landscaping, and maintaining trails. Duties will vary depending on individual interests, skills, and talents. Roles may also include volunteer leadership of groups in deferred maintenance tasks.
Skills needed/preferred: Ideal candidate would have a background in maintenance work, carpentry, use of power tools, etc. Valid driver’s license is required. Experience with small engine repair and maintenance will be a tremendous help but is not required. Experience in overseeing groups to complete maintenance tasks is a definite plus.
Goal/Outcome of job: Assist the park staff with upkeep of public use areas, facilities and equipment. Lead volunteer groups in maintenance related volunteer work.
Benefits to volunteers: Working with the greater Assateague Island community. Teaching others valuable maintenance related skills. Work for the benefit of the National Seashore.
Minimum commitment: Flexible scheduling but would prefer someone to work at least 8 hours per week. Volunteer position is available year-round with a minimum commitment of six months. Office hours are Monday thru Friday between the hours of 6:00 am – 2:30 pm.
Location of position: Maintenance Shop, Berlin, MD or Wallops Island, VA
• Fish/Wildlife • Science • General Assistance
This volunteer will monitor an existing bluebird trail on the grounds of Hampton National Historic Site. This will include recording the numbers of adults, eggs, and fledglings produced by each nest. Occasional cleaning of the nest boxes will also be performed. The trail is approximately 8 tenths of a mile long and has 11 boxes. The boxes will be monitored following the protocols established by Project Nest Watch. This includes a rigorous standard of data accuracy. The ability to act independently and to communicate all findings to the trail manager is required. All data collected will be submitted to Project NestWatch, a citizen science program maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
The volunteer will report to a Park Ranger in the Resource Management Division.
Physical Requirements: The ability to walk at least one mile on uneven terrain and while exposed to weather is required. Some of the trail is in areas of tall grass. You will be required to carry a tool kit that weighs less than five pounds.
Hours: The work can be done between sunrise and sunset, seven days a week. A mutually convenient schedule will be worked out with the trail manager.
Job Description: The VIP would help our Information Technology (IT) specialist perform computer and network related support.
Skills needed/preferred: Experience with troubleshooting, software installation, and set up of computers, the ability to sit and stand for extended periods. Experience with software such as Microsoft Office, Windows 10, and Google applications are a plus. A background check is necessary to gain access to government computers. Interested individuals should send a resume with relevant experience.
Goal/Outcome of job: Assist with heavy backlog of technological support requests.
Minimum commitment: Flexible scheduling but would prefer someone to work at least 8 hours per week. Volunteer positon is available year-round with a minimum commitment of six months. Office hours are Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Benefits to volunteers (note training, if applicable): Volunteer in a face-paced and friendly work environment. Gain meaningful experience in technological support.
Other comments: Required to sign privacy notice due to the sensitivity of materials being handled. Background check required to gain access to government computers.
Job Description: The VIP would help complete administrative and clerical tasks. Duties include filing,shredding documents, updating/creating spreadsheets and word documents, answering phone calls,distributing mail.
Skills needed/preferred: Basic computer skills, Microsoft Office, typing, strong organizational skills,capable to work with little supervision, and ability to sit or stand for periods of time. Background check required prior to start date to gain computer access.
Goal/Outcome of job: Assist administration staff with heavy workload and filing.
Benefits to volunteers (note training, if applicable): The VIP would work in a fast-paced and friendly working environment. They would learn about and work for the benefit of the National Seashore.
Minimum commitment: Flexible scheduling but would prefer someone to work at least 8 hours per week. Volunteer positon is available year-round with a minimum commitment of six months. Office hours are Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
• Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Catoctin Mountain Park’s trail system is one of its most valued and utilized resources. Park staff continually work to ensure that visitors have an enjoyable, safe trail experience. Our Trail Stewards, volunteers who hike and monitor the trails, are a key part of our trail maintenance efforts. We count on these volunteers to observe trail conditions and report any changes to Visitor Center (VC) staff. Just as importantly, stewards help ensure that visitors understand Park rules and engage in only safe trail activities.
Walk/ ride horse along equestrian trails of the park during each rove.
Make contact with visitors to address any concerns
Inform the Visitor Center staff of any major trail problems or concerns, and/or fill out a Trail Condition Report form.
Perform minor vegetation/obstruction removal on equestrian trails.
Use a Park radio to report any emergencies to the appropriate park personnel.
Comfortable walking/horseback riding for extended time periods (2+ hours), often on uneven ground
Ability to own and use adequate hiking gear
Provide own horse, horse trailer, saddle, and all other related equestrian gear.
Willingness to engage with Park visitors and VC staff.
Vegetation removal equipment, tools, gloves, and all other safety equipment relevant to this position will be provided by Catoctin Mountain Park.