• Campground Host • General Assistance
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Tionesta Recreation Area Campground:
Dates: Variable, 1-2 months between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2019
Event Description: Duties may include any or all of the following: assisting and greeting campers, public information, assisting ranger staff as needed and in entrance station, traffic control, litter pick up, trail maintenance, firering and table cleaning, Information Center staffing, restroom inspection. Five day work week required including weekends and holidays, days off are mid-week.
Special Skills Needed: Volunteers must be capable of performing the tasks required, be friendly and able to communicate effectively. (Updated 05/31/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Hosts must provide their own camping equipment and will be provided a campsite with full hookups. Hosts may have one pet, but no aggressive breeds.
• Campground Host • Office/Clerical • Other • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Campground Host/Bush Recreation Area Campground:
Volunteer Duties: Advice visitors of campground rules and regulations. Serve as point of contact between visitors and ranger staff. Assist campers at Bush Recreation Area Campground with self-registration and provide information about local points of interest. Act as campground surveillance. Must maintain daily campground log and stock honor vault with envelopes. Assist with light maintenance duties ie litter pick up and light janitorial duties.
Requirements: Ability to work and deal with the public. Must volunteer at least 25 hours a week (Thursday through Sunday and holidays) and wear a volunteer shirt/hat or name tag. Must pass a background check. (Updated 05/31/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Camp site provided for 25 hours worked with water and electric.
• Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • General Assistance
Several General Volunteer Positions Available:
Volunteer Duties: Volunteers will perform a wide variety of tasks including but not limited to cleaning fire rings, painting parking spaces, emptying trash cans, picking up litter, trail maintenance work, gardening, assisting in administrative duties and promoting the water safety initiative.
Special Skills: None
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: A full hook-up site with water, sewer and electric is provided to volunteers for the duration of the time they are volunteering.
• Campground Host • Office/Clerical • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Campground Park Host:
Volunteer Duties: The duties required are act as the face of the Corps of Engineers to perform a meet and greet for all visitors and assist all visitors with any questions they may have of the park and surrounding area. We would also ask the host to relay any rules that the visitors need to abide by. The host will also be responsible for assisting visitors with the reservation system. A motorized cart will be provided to the host to assist with the duties. We ask the host be at the campground to help visitors every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at least 20 hours a week to assist the visitors during our busy times.
Special Skills: People skills (Updated 05/31/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Water and electric campsite will be provided to the host at no cost during their volunteer time. Once the host is finished with the host duties they will be rewarded with one week of free camping.
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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This position is based out of the Dingmans Falls Visitor Center (PA), or Park Headquarters (PA) at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. As team members, volunteers will staff visitor centers to support the interpretive operations and enhance visitor enjoyment. Duties of the Visitor Services Volunteer include but are not limited to:
Staffing information desk as part of a team, greeting visitors and providing general information about the park to the public
Representing the NPS as a uniformed NPS volunteer, assisting visitors in planning their visit to the park and local area
Distribute maps, brochures and other printed materials
Answering the phone and responding to general public inquiries
Recording the number of visitors
Monitoring visitor center supplies
Cash register operations
Keeping desk areas neat
Walking trail areas to greet visitors and monitoring for potential safety issues
May perform a variety of administrative tasks to support visitor center operations
minimum 16 hours per month (at least two full 8 hour days preferred)
minimum 4 month commitment between mid-May through Labor Day weekend
Site orientation and training (May 25th 9:00am - 4:00pm)
Dingmans Falls Visitor Center is located in Pennsylvania near the town of Dingmans Ferry. This site is open mid-May through Labor Day weekend.
Kittatinny Point Visitor Center is located in New Jersey off Hwy 80. This site is open mid-May through Labor Day weekend. (Not open 2019 season)
Park Headquarters is located in Bushkill, Pennsylvania. This site is open Monday through Friday year-round.
Questions? Please contact Supervisory Ranger Rainey McKenna at email@example.com or Community Volunteer Ambassador Amanda Dahms at firstname.lastname@example.org
Area Description: Nestled in the Pocono Mountains, just 80 miles west of New York City and 100 miles north of Philadelphia, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area attracts over 5-million visitors each year. Visitors marvel at the rocky crags, hemlock forests, tumbling waterfalls, and meandering river. Scenic drives take visitors through rural settings along historic roads and past some of the oldest houses in the Delaware River valley. The spectacular mountain and valley scenery are ideal backdrops for a variety of recreational activities that include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, biking, fishing, and hunting. The 70,000-acre park also includes the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreation Area and 26 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
• Pest/Disease Control • Other • Natural Resources Planning • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Do you like to help make our landscaped areas look as beautiful as the rest of the park? Opportunities are available to help from Milford Beach down to the Kittatiny Visitor Center. Native plantings are encouraged but keeping them under control and free from invasive weeds is a job we'd love to have help with.
• Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Living History Soldiers present soldier life talks and musket or artillery firing demonstartions on a regular basis to groups of adults and children. Training and tour outlines are provided by the park. National Park Service Rangers are available to help with training, program development and presentation. It is beneficial if applicants possess a general knowledge of American history, especially 18th century and F&I War history, and have the ability to speak before groups of people. Knowledge of soldier life in the 18th century British & French armies is a plus, as well as a general knowledge of the materiel culture of the F&I War & Seven Years War.
There may also by opportunities to present guided programs and tours to Fort Necessity, the site of George Washington’s first military action during the opening battle of the French and Indian War.
Training begins the first week in June. A minimum eight-week or 250 hour commitment is preferred.
References will be required. You may enter references in block 18 of the on-line application or provide them to the park volunteer coordinator after the application is received.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Housing is available to volunteers who work in the park at least 32 hours per week. Housing is dormitory style and is available on a first come, first served basis and is extremely limited.
This volunteer position varies in length of time. Various opportunities exist at different times during the year. Opportunities include but are not limited to fisheries management, wildlife surveys and nesting box maintenance. (Updated 03/31/2019)
Volunteers with good communication skills that enjoy meeting people are needed. Visitor Center Hosts will be expected to do miscellaneous work assisting the Park Ranger staff, and may be involved with duties that include:
1.Offering assistance to the public, explaining rules & regulations, operating and maintaining audio visual displays.
2. Presenting nature walks and water safety demonstrations.
3. Providing information to the public about interpretive activities through advertising & public relations (i.e. news releases, bulletin boards, and brochures).
It is staffed daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm, but flexible part-time schedules are available that include weekends and holidays. Located near Warren, PA, Kinzua Dam and Allegheny Reservoir is a great place to enjoy the outdoors, especially Allegheny National Forest, and other local attractions. (Updated 03/31/2019)
• Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • General Assistance
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2019
Volunteer Duties: Here at Crooked Creek, we are looking for someone to volunteer their time to help enhance and maintain the park. We are able to accommodate all ages and interest areas. There are no time requirements, we can work around your schedule. Other volunteer projects have been, painting parking lots, installing and painting signs, planting flowers, assisting in creating a pollinator plot, staining a bird and butterfly viewing platform, building and installing owl and blue bird boxes, etc.
Special Skills: N/A (Updated 03/31/2019)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: A camp site is not provided.
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
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M.A.R.C.H., Montague Association for the Restoration of Community History, a partner with Delaware Water Gap NRA
It is a docent’s responsibility to tour visitors throughout the rooms of our museum. You might have two or three people in a small group, but you could have a larger group of eight or nine. Written material is available for each room. It includes the scope of each display, how it relates to the history of Montague, as well as the specifics of the artifacts. You can either choose to read the highlighted areas or the entire page, depending upon the interest of your group. There is always more information written in the docent guide than you would read or tell about. The guide will answer most questions that a visitor would have. Docents are needed during the summer months from 12:30 to about 4:15 on Sunday afternoons. Some docents are needed as greeters as visitors arrive, while others serve refreshments while working in our small store. You do not need to dress in costume for our summer openings. Some docents are asked to assist at other times when a special tour has been prearranged. Docents also volunteer from 1 – 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday the three weekends after Thanksgiving into December for our annual holiday open house. We encourage docents to wear colonial or Victorian costumes for these six open days. All docents are pre-trained, have available literature to read to be acquainted with the displays, and carry their docent booklet with them to feel comfortable with tour groups.
The National Park Service (NPS) at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DEWA) in cooperation with Lehman Township, PA are sponsoring the Wheatplains Volunteer Community Garden located on the PA side of the park at approximately mile 7 1/2 on US Rt 209.
The garden plots are assigned after the registration process is completed. Most plots are 10' X 30' and gardens are cultivated organically to preserve soil fertility and avoid damaging the park ecosystem. Organic gardening produces healthier soils and safer water systems.
Each person who gardens will contribute eight (8) hours* of seasonal community service anywhere in the park by September 30, 2018 (*4 hours for those volunteers age 12 and under). Specified educational programs and classes also qualify as community service hours.
Any questions about the garden, please contact Janine Venezia at email@example.com . Please fill out the volunteer application if you are interested in gardening for 2018.
• Historical Preservation • Visitor Information
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In 1832, a local New Jersey farmer built a grist mill along the newly-finished Columbia-Walpack Turnpike where it crossed a stream known as "Van Campens Mill Brook." By 1875, Millbrook had reached a peak of 75 inhabitants and about nineteen major buildings. Today's Millbrook Village does not replicate the Millbrook of 1832 or 1900. Rather, it evokes the feeling of countryside hamlets where most of the nation's people lived until the end of the 19th century. On summer weekends, several buildings are open to the public and Millbrook Village Society and other volunteers demonstrate the folkways of that era.
• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Natural Resources Planning • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance
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The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has a trail adoption program active in the Delaware Water Gap (16 trail segments totaling 31.3 miles).
It’s thanks in large part to volunteer Trail Maintainers that these trails stay safe and accessible. If you love to hike and are interested in giving back to your public lands, consider adopting a trail segment and becoming an official Trail Maintainer. As a maintainer you’ll be expected to submit two reports annually describing your activity during the spring and fall seasons – one full inspection and maintenance trip is required per reporting period, but many maintainers take pride in their trails and make multiple trips a season. Transforming an overgrown path into a neatly trimmed and blazed trail is a very satisfying experience!
The Delaware Water Gap Volunteer Trail Steward program invites you to join up for to help in the park for the NPS Centennial year of 2016. Volunteers team up to complete essential trail improvements. One weekend a month during the work season, the crew will meet to work on projects ranging anywhere from constructing water diversions and removing hazardous obstacles to building bridges and creating new trail. We promise lots of fun, rewarding work, fresh air and new friends!
The goals of the DEWA Volunteer Trail Stewards are to develop a highly trained crew that can be developed over the season by learning proper techniques and skills.
This year there will also be an opportunity to stay overnight during the work weekend in the park either at a primitive campsite along the Delaware River, or in the park at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Group Cabins or primitive campsites are available once a month for work weekend only.
• Historical Preservation • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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The Historic Property Stewards are a fun group of volunteers with a passion to preserve the historic buildings within the Delaware Water Gap. Each of them adopt a property and maintain the grounds around it expressing the commitment to the preservation of these National Register resources. Occasionally, the members will gather for group projects involving some of the larger and more remote properties and an opportunity to create lasting friendships. In the process of the work, volunteers become familiar with the backgrounds of each property which helps with the understanding of their importance in state and national history. The volunteer efforts of this group are vital in assisting the National Park Service in holding on to these resources and allowing them a chance at survival.
• Conservation Education • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Park Information: The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area has nearly 100 miles of hiking trails, ranging from flat boardwalks to challenging 1,000 foot climbs that offer spectacular views of the Water Gap. The Appalachian Trail, which runs from Maine to Georgia, traverses the park for over 27 miles along Kittatinny Ridge. Smaller trails lead through hemlock ravines past waterfalls, ponds, or down abandoned forest roads. Over 200 miles of roads wind through scenic valleys, over ridges and past historic buildings. The 40 miles of the Delaware River within the recreation area seperates New Jersey and Pennsylvania, attract people who enjoy swimming, canoeing, tubing and rafting.
Opportunity Description: Help with certain tasks in keeping the 37 mile long McDade Trail in good condition for hikers, bikers and cross country skiers. Trimming the grass, weeds and branches along the trail tread. Removal of invasive non-native vegetation and downed branches. Removing litter; observing wildlife, report vandalism and safety hazards. Maintain a log book noting the trail conditions. Maintaining signs, walking or biking a section of trail at least once a week.
• Computers • Office/Clerical • General Assistance
Hopewell Furnace is a National Historic Site operated by the National Park Service as one of the finest examples of a restored charcoal-burning cold blast iron furnace and its surrounding community. Such "iron plantations" played a crucial role in the development of southeastern Pennsylvania and laid the foundations for the industrial development of the United States. Hopewell Furnace operated from 1771 until 1883, spanning several generations of our country's development, from its infancy in the colonial period to the creation of the steel and railroad industries of the 19th century.
AREA: Located in southeastern Pennsylvania in a rural area close to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, but only 15 miles from Reading and 45 miles west of Philadelphia. Hopewell Furnace is bordered by French Creek State Park, Crow's Nest Preserve (operated by Natural Lands), and State Game Lands #43.
DUTIES: Administrative Assistants get an overview of National Park Service administrative functions and management by performing a wide range of administrative tasks including, but not limited to, records management, disposition of historic records, introductory budget work, and internal control guidelines. Volunteers in this position may also assist with the execution of administrative tasks associated with the park's volunteer program. Training for the records management activities mentioned above will focus on the National Park Service records management program (reviewing the Hopewell Furnace NHS application of the program, updating records in accordance with guidelines, and disposing of records in accordance with a set disposition schedule). This position requires an organized individual, capable of making independent judgments and timely reporting to a designated supervisor.
Another volunteer position is a Management Assistant. With the help of Hopewell Furnace staff, the volunteer will prepare internal control documents and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for signature by the Superintendent. Experience in Microsoft Word is extremely helpful. The ability to research existing regulations and interpret them will be extremely helpful. Use of proper grammar, spelling, and syntax will be required. Both positions may include working closely with members of park staff and clear communication skills.