• Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Photo Courtesy of FWS
Volunteers needed for August - September 2019.
Why spend some time at the Refuge? Pahranagat is an oasis in the Mojave with year-round water, leaves that change color in the fall, and hundreds of species of birds that flock through during their migrations. It is a haven for hiking, biking, boating, hunting, and fishing. As a volunteer you can be part of a small, friendly Refuge team helping to staff our visitor center and provide visitor services throughout the refuge.
Pahranagat NWR was established in 1963 as a stopover site for migratory birds. There have been 262 bird species recorded within the refuge. Some species might stop by for as little as a few hours before continuing on their migration route, while others stay all season and still others are permanent residents. There is always something new to see here, especially in the fall and spring! It is a great location for wildlife observation and photography. To learn more about the refuge go to www.fws.gov/refuge/pahranagat or watch our 15-minute long film about the refuge (https://vimeo.com/87545027).
Help is needed on the weekends and weekdays. As the resident host, you would provide orientation and interpretation to refuge visitors, answering questions in person and over the phone. You would cover topics regarding the refuge, local natural and cultural resources, safety precautions, rules and regulations, recreational opportunities, and area services. You would also assist staff with operations and maintenance of facilities, including cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash containers, ensuring refuge is free of litter and other more complex maintenance and visitor facility projects within your abilities. If you are interested, there are also possiblities to conduct structured programs for refuge visitors.
Pahranagat NWR is located about 90 minutes northeast of Las Vegas, NV. Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Great Basin, and Death Valley National Parks are all about a half day's drive.
RV or motor home utility hook-ups for electric, water, and sewage are available. Propane is also provided. The commitment requires 24 hours/week of visitor center hosting per resident. Start date is flexible.
When applying, please provide contact information for three references. Two references should be professional. If applying as couple, please provide both applicant names.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Water, sewer, electric, and propane hookups are provided. Laundry facilities. WiFi available.
• Campground Host • Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of FWS
Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge is a wetlands oasis on the northern edge of the mojave desert preserved for thousands of migratory birds and is an important nesting ground for the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher. Campground hosts play an important role in informing the public of the refuge’s conservation mission and many recreational opportunities. To learn more about the refuge please visit www.fws.gov/refuge/pahranagat and view our refuge’s film.
Greet visitors and provide information about the refuge. Restock brochures throughout the refuge.
Assist in light, daily cleaning of displays, and restrooms. This includes cleaning pit toilets, fire pits, grills, picking up litter, light maintenance, and light grounds keeping.
Inform visitors of regulations
Report infractions and other user conserns to management
Record information on visitation
Be available to assist with special events and interpretive programs
Occasionally fill in at visitor center when other staff are not available
Drive a refuge vehicle
Wear U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service volunteer’s uniform.
If desired, volunteers may also have the opportunity to assist with other refuge duties such as hosting at the visitor center front desk, removing invasive weeds, and participating in special events.
Requirements: The Campground Host position requires a commitment of 24 hours per volunteer per week.
Pahranagat NWR is located about 90 minutes northeast of Las Vegas, NV. Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Great Basin, and Death Valley National Parks are all about a half day's drive.
RV or motor home utility hook-ups for electric, water, and sewage are available. Propane is also provided. We can also offer lodging in the refuge bunkhouse to potential volunteers who do not have RVs. The commitment requires 24 hours/week of volunteer work per resident. Start date is flexible.
When applying, please provide contact information for three references. Two references should be professional. If applying as couple, please provide both applicant names.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: On site electric 30/50a, propane, sewage, covered RV parking area. Water must be transported to RV site via a refuge truck and trailer.
• Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Photo Courtesy of FWS
Desert National Wildlife Refuge is looking for a residential Visitor Center Host for Summer 2019 (June - September).
Help is needed during Visitor Center open hours. As the resident host you provide orientation, interpretation and answer visitor questions. You would cover topics regarding the refuge, local natural and cultural resources, safety precautions, rules and regulations, recreational opportunities, and area services. You would also assist staff with operations and maintenance of facilities, including cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash containers, ensuring that the refuge is free of litter and other more complex maintenance and visitor facility projects within your abilities. To learn more about the refuge go to www.fws.gov/refuge/desert. There is also a film about the refuge (https://vimeo.com/86424950).
Location of refuge is about 30 minutes north of Las Vegas, NV, 20 minutes to Mt. Charleston, and 45 minutes to Lake Mead NRA. Grand Canyon (North Rim), Zion, Bryce Canyon and Death Valley National Parks are all less than a half day's drive.
Housing is available. RV space is available with full hook-ups (no propane).
When applying please provide contact information for three references. Two references should be professional. If applying as couple please provide both applicant names.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Bunk House or RV pad available.
Bunk house is furnished including pots and pans, laundry, and wifi.
RV site has full hookups: water, electricity, sewer. Must provide own propane.
• Botany • Natural Resources Planning • Weed/Invasive Species Control
We are looking for a volunteer to assist weeding a native plant garden at our Park Headquarter's Building. Volunteer will be bending, kneeling, and crouching while weeding. Lake Mead's Vegetation staff will provide training on the difference between native and non-native vegetation. If you are interested in learning more about restoration efforts, please give us a call at (702) 293-8714. We are flexible on time and day of the week this happens.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: No housing available
• Conservation Education • Research Library • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Looking for locals form the surrounding communities - No housing or RV site available
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is looking for bright and friendly locals from the surrounding communities to help staff the park’s main visitor center. Volunteer hours coincide with normal business hours, Monday-Sunday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. We ask our volunteers to work a minimum of one shift, once a week, for 4 hours or more, so visitors can enjoy the park and surrounding lands in a safe and knowledgeable manner. The following shifts are open...
Daily shifts are from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to greet and assist visitors by providing accurate information about the recreation area and surrounding areas. The visitor center desk volunteer is the first person our visitors see. We are looking for volunteers who are friendly and enjoy working with others; have an outgoing demeanor; and a good sense of humor. Duties would include:
Assisting with opening and/or closing the visitor center
Providing basic information and directions to visitor so they can have a safe and enjoyable visit to the area
Operating a cash register
Address and fill information requests
Begin park movie for visitors
Assist with keeping the handout and bookstore merchandise stocked
Recording visitor statistics
Basic housekeeping chores
We look forward to having you join our team! Training will be provided in all areas of operations. REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum of one (1) shift per week
Live in the surrounding communities - Boulder City, Henderson or Las Vegas area
Minimum age 16 years old
Must be able to provide transportation to and from – no public transportation available
WHAT MAKES A GREAT VOLUNTEER?
Possesses the ability to communicate effectively with the public.
Possesses the ability to work in both a team environment as well as independently.
Enjoys being indoors working at the information desk.
Is available to work a regular schedule.
Is interested in a long-term commitment.
Can speak more than one language is a plus; although, not required. Visitors come from all over the world. Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese are just a few languages that would be useful.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: No housing is available!
• Other • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Title: Boating Water Safety Volunteer
Time Commitment: Minimum 8 hours per month.
The goal of the Boating & Water Safety Volunteer is to provide assistance on launch ramps and serve as a Deck Hand and/or Boat Operator. Volunteer will provide boating and water safety information, assist visitors with water safety issues, promote preventive accident and drowning message and provide park information to the public. The volunteer, with appropriate training and certification, may operate a National Park Service (government owned) vessel and/or vehicle at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Description of Primary Duties:
Water Safety Messages (All Boating and Water Safety Volunteers): Boating & Water Safety Volunteers will understand and promote Lake Mead National Recreation Areas’ Boating & Water Safety Messages in all areas of this position. Boating & Water Safety messages will be developed and designed by the park staff to ensure that park goals and messaging information is uniform throughout the park. Boating & Water Safety Volunteers will need to keep up-to-date on trends and focus areas. Volunteers will …
• Make visitor contacts on the launch ramps, at picnic areas, marinas, shoreline and beaches on Lakes Mead and Mohave.
•Promote safe water activities, by providing visitors with safe boating messages, drowning awareness information through various mediums – verbal, written, or as give-away items.
•Communicate on park and/or marine band radio to report information, visitor contacts, emergency incidents, etc.
•Provide basic First Aid and CPR when needed.
•Will be required to work a mutually agreed upon schedule.
•Volunteers must have good communication and interpersonal skills.
• Volunteers must have a willingness to learn about the National Park Service, Lake Mead NRA and required water safety duties.
•Ability to work with other volunteers and visitors under extreme conditions - intense heat, large number of people, and during emergencies.
•Volunteer must be flexible and able to adjust to change.
•Complete necessary paperwork such as - daily activity logs and monthly hour logs
•Volunteers may also change storm flags to reflect forecasted conditions and/or broadcast storm warnings over marine band radio when directed. Volunteer may need to trouble-shoot problems with weather recording instruments.
Volunteers maybe assigned to land based assignments, such as, marina areas, beaches, shoreline, picnic areas, and launch ramps. Volunteers will rove on foot the assigned area to inform visitors of Lake Mead’s Boating and Water Safety messages. Volunteers maybe hand out printed information and/or provide verbal information, such as, a change in the weather forecast or changes in park policies.
Deckhand: Volunteers serving as deckhands will also provide the following duties:
• Deckhand volunteers will assist boat operators with daily operations of a government owned vessel.
•Assist with launching NPS Government Owned boat on trailer (when properly trained) up to 35 feet long to launch ramps and repair shops. In order to drive a government vehicle, volunteers are required to have a valid state driver’s license with good driving record. Upon acceptance into the program, the volunteer must provide the Park with a three year DMV print out of their driving history to document the valid license and good driving record.
•Perform inspection and minor maintenance of National Park Service/government owned vehicles, vessels and boat trailers (such as identifying equipment service and repairs, performing minor maintenance to include but not limited to washing/scrubbing boats, replace light bulbs, trouble shoot wiring, replace bunk boards on trailers)
•Assist to provide emergency assistance in a water search and rescue
Water Safety Volunteer will NOT perform law enforcement duties, such as, boat stops and/or enforce rules/regulations.
Other Water Safety Duties may include: Volunteer maybe assigned to perform other duties beyond the Water Safety Volunteer functions described above.
•Assist with boat education programs and special event outside the park when directed
•Basic communication skills – radio, telephone, etc
•Report to Lake Mead NRA adverse weather conditions
•Protect park resources
•Promote individual and community involvement to increase the quality of visitor services.
•Improve Water Safety information presentation and service to the boating and general public
•Provide opportunities for the public to learn about water activities and safe experience at Lake Mead NRA
•Promote drowning awareness and boat accident prevention information
Benefits and Training: As a NPS volunteer, you will receive training on how to perform the required duties and about the National Park Service, Lake Mead National Recreation Area and surrounding area. Training programs will be designed around specific objectives. Training will include learning activities and practical exercises that will prepare the volunteer to perform duties, understand the basic scope and complexity of Lake Mead NRA and obtain basic park ethics. You will be trained in all duties related to the position.
Volunteer must wear a volunteer uniform while performing duties.
Volunteer must be 18 years or older to become a deckand.
Volunteer must be able to work outside in various condtions, such as 115 degree weather.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: No housing available - locals only
• Campground Host • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Great Basin National Park 2019 Campground Host Announcement
We are in need of campground hosts for the Wheeler Peak Campground, Upper and Lower Lehman Creek Campgrounds and Baker Creek and Grey Cliffs Campgrounds of Great Basin National Park. Great Basin National Park is located in a remote part of northeast Nevada just outside of the town Baker, NV just a few miles from the Utah state line.
Visitation to the Great Basin National Park Campgrounds is highly variable and ranges from zero to well over one hundred people on weekends. From May through October, most visitors come to visit Lehman Caves, to star gaze and/or enjoy the Park’s 60-plus miles of trail. Other activities in the area include bird watching and fishing.
The volunteer host for Wheeler Peak Campground will reside in an RV campsite, which includes water, RV sewer connection, and propane. Wheeler Peak Campground contains 37 campsites with one wheelchair accessible site. The campground is at an elevation of 9,886 feet (3,013 meters) and is located at the end of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, 14 miles from the Lehman Caves Visitor Center.
The volunteer host for Upper and Lower Lehman Creek Campground will reside in an RV campsite in Upper Lehman Creek Campground, which includes water, RV sewer connection, and propane. Upper Lehman Creek Campground contains 24 campsites with two wheelchair accessible sites. The campground is at an elevation of 7,752 feet (2,362 meters) and is located along the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, 3.5 miles from the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. Lower Lehman Creek Campground contains 11 campsites with one wheelchair accessible site. The campground is at an elevation of 7,300 feet (2,200 meters) and is located along the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, 2.5 miles from the Lehman Caves Visitor Center.
The volunteer host for Baker Creek and Grey Cliffs Campground will reside in an RV campsite in Baker Creek, which includes water, RV sewer connection, and propane, along with a 30-amp solar-powered electrical hook-up. (Propane-powered appliances are advised). Baker Creek Campground contains 38 campsites, one of which is wheelchair accessible. The campground is at an elevation of 7,530 feet (2,295 meters) and is located on Baker Creek Road, 3 miles from the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. Grey Cliffs Campground contains 16 campsites, two of which is wheelchair accessible. The campground is at an elevation of 7,530 feet (2,295 meters) and is located on Baker Creek Road, 1.5 miles from the Lehman Caves Visitor Center.
Preferred dates: May 20, 2019 through October 20, 2019
Assisting park visitors with campground vacancies, fees, and registration information
Performing campground compliance checks
Answering questions and providing orientation to Great Basin National Park and the surrounding federal, state, and county recreation areas; informing visitors about safety and resource protection concerns in the campground, park overlooks, and park trails
Keeping camping areas clean, organized, and presentable. Performing routine litter removal and minor maintenance in the campground as necessary
Roving the nearby trails, interacting with visitors, noting and reporting resource damage and walking on uneven terrain in a variety of temperatures
Educating visitors about campground regulations, such as dogs off leash or generator hours. Working with law enforcement rangers to resolve minor problems
Wearing the NPS volunteer uniform according to written standards
Supporting search and rescue operations by providing trailhead checks and information to visitors
Performing all duties in a safe, professional, and respectful manner
Willing to work 32 hours per week, including Saturday, Sunday, and holidays
Valid driver’s license
Desire to talk with the public
Skills and ability to work independently in remote rugged backcountry areas
RV for five week stay (or longer)
Camp host will be provided a radio for communication to other campgrounds within the park as well as park headquarters. Laundry and freezer space is available in the staff housing area. Baker, NV is approximately six miles away; it is a small community with some services, including two restaurants, shower facilities, and a gas station. Ely, NV is the nearest full-service community about 70 miles away.
Great Basin National Park Joshua Vann, Field Ranger 775-234-6310
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: You will need to provide your own RV or trailer for your living quarters. Propane appliances will be needed.
Campground hosts need to be enthusiastic, outgoing, and friendly. They need to be highly visible in the campsite and make people feel welcomed. All sorts of people go camping, and you are guaranteed to meet a wide range of characters from all over the world who are full of questions. It’s your job to be the expert on everything. Once you’re settled in be sure to get out and explore the hiking, climbing, biking, and other local activities. This way you can make recommendations and point campers in the right direction.
• Benefits of hosting
• Campsite in a beautiful setting
• Orientation and training to perform your job well
• Volunteer uniform identifying you as part of the team
• Volunteer injury coverage
• A chance to learn new skills and challenge yourself
• Annual day-use parking permit
• Appreciation events and recognition items
• An opportunity to become a vital part of our NCA family!
Duties will include, but are not limited to the following:
Serve as liaison between campground users & campground staff.
1. Greet and assist visitors, answer questions and explain regulations that apply to them. Distribute maps, copies of campground rules and regulations, and brochures about Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA). May assist campers in locating a campsite; be familiar with local points of interest and the location of services that might be requested by campers such as towing, groceries, churches, tourist attractions and local events.
Will perform light maintenance work around the campground such as litter pickup, cleaning, sweeping and stocking of restrooms, provide information to campground staff on potential problems, and disseminate information to campers.
2. May assist in campground public relations, educational activities, and special events/activities.
3. Clean campsites by performing minor maintenance tasks such as raking the campsite pad, washing tables, cleaning out fire rings, picking up litter, reporting any damage to your supervisor. Each site must be cleaned after every camper checks out and before another checks-in.
4. Host shall not attempt to discipline or apprehend any campground violators. Host will report all disturbances to campground staff.
LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL BE DONE BY CERTIFIED ENFORCEMENT RANGERS ONLY.
You are to inform campers of rules and regulations, but are not to participate in any high risk activity.
Host must set an example by being a model camper practicing good housekeeping at all times in and around their assigned site and by observing all rules and regulations.
5. Host is expected to work most weekends and all holidays during their term.
Be observant for activities within the campground requiring immediate attention - ranging from a bathroom overflowing to a problem camper. Notify the campground manager as these problems arise.
Other minor tasks that might be asked of a Campground Host:
* Straighten barrier posts
* Sweep cobwebs from buildings
* Trimming or weeding
* Keep track of occupied or vacant campsites
* Direct campers to vacant sites
* Remind campers to register at campground fee collection station
* Remove expired camper receipts from site marker posts
* Assist campground staff with rec.gov reservation process
* Inform incoming campers where family or friends are located.
6. Keep a written report of complaints and criticism of campground facilities, report situations that could affect the health and safety of visitors, and report any maintenance items which need immediate attention. May maintain other written records as requested by the Campground Manager.
*May be assigned other duties and projects not listed.
Work is mostly outside in hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy conditions. Walking is required. Must reside in campground. Must have a driver’s license.
The use of a campsite and all utilities at no charge for the duration of the term of service. Will be issued one or a combination of the following: shirt, hat, vest, or name tag. A daily reimbursement is provided each volunteer for days worked. ($34/day for minimum 6 hrs/day).
Items Provided by Hosts:
Mobile camping unit. (RV or trailer)
Ability to get along well with people. Ability to remain calm and friendly when confronted with upset visitors. Ability to physically get out and make rounds through the camping area. Ability to adapt to changing work conditions. A good knowledge of the campground and surrounding area.
At least 40 hours of service time and 9 months, to include most weekends and all holidays. Two consecutive days off in the high season, 3 in the low season (worked out among Camphosts).
Supervision and Training Provided:
Supervised by Campground Manager or his designee. Trained in campground registration procedures including Recreation.gov, rules and regulations, and host responsibilities.
Background and References:
Formal and informal Background Check required prior to performing fee collection duties and hiring. All applicants will need to provide three active/current references.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Volunteers will remove graffiti as soon as they can once it has been reported. You will work projects on the Public lands of southern Nevada. These projects can be in the developed and undeveloped areas of these public lands. These projects are strenuous and may be performed on uneven ground, during inclement weather. They will involve lifting and the use of tools. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: You will be a member of a graffiti removal team. You will operate out of the offices of the appropriate agency and operate government vehicles. Graffiti will be removed by various means including but not limited to: bio-degradable chemicals and wire brushes, grinding, sandblasting and painting. You may be required to hike in and camp overnight in remote areas. bi
Operate a government vehicle (if licensed to operate government vehicle) .
Operate air compressors and generators.
Use hand and power tools.
Use bio-degradable chemicals.
Properly load and store equipment.
Mix and store paint.
Use appropriate rollers, brushes and spray gun to cover graffiti on structures and facilities.
Proper use of drop cloths and protective clothing.
Maintain and clean equipment after use.
Supervise other volunteers with special projects. (Eagle Scouts or other projects.)
DESCRIPTION: Volunteers will conduct litter removal at Red Rock Canyon NCA to include the Visitor Center complex, trails, and parking areas. DUTIES: Will be to perform litter pick-up and removal of all trash in the area of responsibility. The trash will be collected and disposed of by the group. The group will be responsible to wear proper clothing, gloves and shoes, and properly using all tools. The group will be briefed on the proper tool etiquette and safety and beware of their surroundings at all times. RESULTS: To help maintain cleanliness at Red Rock Canyon NCA. BENEFIT: Opportunity to work outdoors and have a direct positive impact on the natural resources in Red Rock Canyon NCA.
Job Description: Greet visitors and provide them with information about Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, area attractions, and Las Vegas general information Duties:Become familiar with the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the area so that you can provide visitors with descriptions and information about the trails, picnic areas, scenic drive, geology, plants, and animals. Distribute literature to visitors. Use trail photo books to enhance information provided to visitors. Restock brochures, permits, and lost and found forms; leave note for any required reorder with the desk supervisor. Clean the listening wands and check videos for sound quality. Refer BLM policy inquiries or emergency situations to BLM staff member. Training: Volunteer Orientation, Desk OrientationTime Commitment: 4 hours per month
• Botany • Visitor Information • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Photo Courtesy of BLM
Job Description:Assist with care of all landscaping within Visitor Center complex. Remove invasive species and care for existing, native plant life. Assist with approved seed collection and plant propagation program. Provide information to Red Rock Canyon visitors on an as-needed basis. Will work in close cooperation with University of Nevada – Master Gardeners. Qualifications:Knowledge of Mojave Desert native plants. Ability to work and communicate with a diverse group of people. Ability to carry 25 pounds and move over uneven terrain in extreme temperature ranges. Training: Volunteer Orientation; CPR/First Aid; additional training as determined by team leaderTime Commitment: 2 days (12 to 14 hours total) per month.
Job Description: Hike the trail of the NCA. Observe and report any problems to the Volunteer Coordinator using the volunteer report form. Training Required: New Volunteer Orientation, Desert Survival, Map Reading, Personal Safety Training Suggested: First Aid/CPR
Volunteers will generally be assigned to a specific location (Sandstone Quarry, High Lost Creek/Willow Springs, and Pine Creek) or as a “rover”, who will stop at each parking lot while driving around the loop. Each location will be assigned at least two volunteers. While at these locations the Ambassador will provide information to the public upon request. The Ambassador, at their option, may wish to hike a portion of some trails to observe visitor activity, check for trash accumulation and in general make contact with visitors in these areas. If the Ambassador wishes, they can pick up the trash they find and dispose of it. The Ambassador will maintain a tally of customers serviced and submit a report at the end of the shift, leaving the report with the receptionist or at the receptionist’s desk.
Job Description:Trail maintenance and design within General Management Plan guidelines; area rehabilitation and improvement; graffiti removal; smaller construction projects.Qualifications:Physically able to move over uneven terrain in extreme temperature ranges. Ability to safely carry 25 pounds. General construction knowledge and/or willingness to learn. Ability to work and communicate with a diverse group of people. Training: Volunteer Orientation; CPR/First Aid; Equipment Operation; Radio Instruction; Defensive Driving (if operating government vehicles); specialized trail maintenance classes as available.Time Commitment: One or two days per month, generally weekends.
• Computers • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Range/Livestock • Timber/Fire Prevention • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of FS
We are looking for energetic, friendly and outgoing "people-persons" to assist in the day-to-day operations of our Visitor Information Center. You would help visitors find the perfect trail, campground, or picnic area, as well as learn about how to protect the forest, get to know the local plants and animals, and be safe. Meet and work with others that have similar interests, and contribute to a team focused on providing service to their community. Develop a greater understanding of the forest environment.
The Santa Rosa Ranger District Office is located in the USDA Service Center that also offices Farm Services and Natural Resources and Conservation Services (NRCS). This new office is located at the west end of town just off of West Winnemucca Blvd. We expect a considerable amount of interest from the public looking for information about the Santa Rosa’s in our new location due to better signage on the main street as visitors come into town.
This opportunity consists of meeting and greeting forest visitors and the dissemination of area information. The assistant duties include the selling of items such as maps and firewood permits; some restocking and inventory maintenance, giving directions and making suggestions on area attractions. The position is 2 to 3 days a week, 4 to 7 hours a day. There is an Office Manager who will train and guide you in the day-to-day operations, area attractions and local information.
The Santa Rosa Mountain Range is located 60 miles north of Winnemucca along Highway 95 to State Route 290 and has one developed campground (Lye Creek) which is nestled in a grove of aspen trees along Lye Creek. It sits at an elevation of 7,398 feet.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: No housing is available.
• Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Volunteers will staff the Great Basin Visitor Center in Baker, Nevada. Main duties will include providing information to visitors, including trip planning, suggestions for activities such as hiking and camping, driving directions for the surrounding area, information about cave tours and other ranger programs, and general advice. There will be opportunities for informal interpretation, especially discussing the purpose of this national park and what the larger Great Basin is. The volunteer will also provide information by answering phone calls. Must be able to coordinate with other staff to ensure accuracy of information. Other duties will include playing the park movie upon request, answering radio calls, and sharing information with the other visitor center. Individuals that work 32 or more hours a week will qualify for free housing if it is available. It is requested the volunteer work 90 days, start and end dates are flexible.
This volunteer will also be responsible for opening and closing the building, including counting money and completing a shift report to account for sales. Volunteer will sell items from the Western National Parks bookstore, operating a cash register and credit card machine. Will be accountable for sales and change fund each day. Must pass a federal background check before work may begin.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: RV spots with hookups at a nearby motel/campground will be provided. PLEASE NOTE: the volunteer will be responsible for paying for the site and will be reimbursed by the park later.
• Campground Host • Construction/Maintenance • Historical Preservation • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of FWS
We are in need of an RV campground host for the Virgin Valley Campground located in the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. The Sheldon Refuge is located in a remote part of northwest Nevada near the Oregon state line. The Refuge was created for pronghorn antelope in 1931 and is 575,000 acres of high desert, sagebrush habitat.
The Virgin Valley Campground has an artesian warm spring which has been developed into a swimming pool and piped into a bath house with showers. Visititation is highly variable and ranges from zero to over one hundred people on holiday weekends. From May through June, most visitors come to search for opals on mining claims throughout Virgin Valley. Starting in August, many visitors participate in big game hunting throughout the Refuge. Other activities in the area include bird watching, hiking, and fishing.
Preferred dates: 5 week periods from May 13 through October 31
Number of positions: 1
Accommodations: RV parking, 50 Amp power, water, septic, phone line
Vehicle provided: Yes, for volunteer work. Includes radio and satellite message system
Main duties include:
Welcome the public to the Virgin Valley Campground;
Greet visitors in a Fish & Wildlife Service volunteer uniform;
Provide visitor information and short interpretive presentations;
Maintain campground and facilities (including trash pickup, cleaning fire rings, and cleaning outhouses);
Assist with small construction and maintenance projects (installing, replacing and repairing signs, picnic tables and fire rings; assisting maintence staff with misc. small projects);
Assist with logistics for Refuge and volunteer projects (September-October);
Assist with other Refuge projects as skills and ablities allow.
Willing to work 32 hours per week, including Saturday, Sunday, and holidays;
Valid drivers license;
Desire to talk with the public:
Skills and ability to work alone in remote rugged backcountry areas
Tent or RV for five week stay (or longer).
Camp host will be provided a refuge vehicle for travel to other campgrounds within the refuge. Laundry, freezer space, phone, and internet service are available at the Refuge Headquarters located one mile from the campground. Winnemucca, NV or Lakeview, OR are the nearest full-serice communities each about 95 miles away. Denio, NV about 25 miles away is a small community with some services, including a restaurant and the nearest cell phone service.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Large parking space and full RV hookup with 50A power, water, septic, and phone line is provided, but volunteers will need to provide their own tent, RV, or camper. There is no cell phone coverage at the campground. Phone for calling card calls, internet connection, laundry facilities, and freezer space are available at Refuge Headquarters (one mile from campground).
• Archaeology • Back Country/Wilderness
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The Site Steward will serve as a volunteer within the Nevada Archaeological Site Stewardship Program (NASSP) administered by the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Volunteer Opportunities under this program are available statewide with the BLM and other positions may be available with National Park Service, United States Forest Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and State Agencies, for more information on this volunteer opportunity visit The Nevada Site Stewardship Program Webpage on the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office website.
The steward will need to complete the Nevada State Historical Preservation Office's Site Stewardship Basic Training Program prior to being assinged to a site. Stewards may need to attend periodic refresher courses to maintain active steward status. Other trainings may be required and will be provided to the steward. The Steward will visit and inspect at least one assigned archaeological site at least once a quarter to monitor and report on the site condition observed, including vandalism, damage, or changes. Other opportunities to participate in archaeological site recording, inventories, site rehabilitation, restoration, and excavation may be provided to active stewards if the steward is interested.
No all terrain vehicles (ATVs) will be used while performing site stewardship duties.
PLEASE DO NOT apply on volunteer.gov for this opportunity. If you are interested in attending a Site Stewardship Basic Training Class please visit the Nevada Site Stewardship Program website.
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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.