Campground Host and Gate House Staffing - Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area welcomes generations of families who enjoy the rustic beauty and peacefulness of the area. Easy access from I-81, close proximity to historic Lexington, and access to the Natural Bridge, make Cave Mountain Lake a perfect travel destination.

The Civilian Conservation Corps built the 7-acre lake in the 1930's using existing buttresses of natural rock to form a 35 foot high dam. The CCC also built the log picnic shelter using trees and rocks from the area. Its massive stone fireplace and rough-hewn beams evoke an atmosphere of days long past.

Our volunteers are provided with an RV campsite (complete with water, electric, and sewer hook-ups). Telephone service is not available to the volunteer sites. Wi-fi is available at the administrative house. Satellite tv and cellular phone service is not reliable and is dependent on your carrier, your location in the campground and the weather. Laundry facilities are available on site for volunteers. We have 4 campsites available for volunteers from April through October. In exchange for the free campsite and utilities, we ask our volunteers to help out at least four hours per day each, five days per week per person. Due to weekends being our busiest time, we will schedule "days off" for less busy weekdays. Sometimes needs change within the recreation area, and you may be asked to assist with other volunteer responsibilities other than what you initially "signed up" for. Just let me know the recreation area/campground where you would like to volunteer, what type of position suits your interests and when you would be interested in volunteering (specific dates). To assist with scheduling and site availability, we request that our volunteers stay at least 4 weeks, typically arriving at the first of the month and leaving at the end of the month.

 * Note that all volunteer positions require a degree of physical effort to complete common tasks. In the event that additional help is needed for a project, you may be asked to assist with tasks not part of your daily routine. Examples include: weeding and mowing, minor carpentry and minor plumbing assistance.*

Start Date - 2024-04-01

End Date - 2024-10-31

Activities include: Campground/Site Host;Campground Maintenance;Construction/Maintenance;General Assistance;Planning Office/Clerical;Trail/Campground Maintenance

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: RV/Trailer Pads

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27 Ranger LaneNatural Bridge Station, VA 24579



  • Environmental Education
  • Interpreter
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Water Recreation


  • People 55+


  • Sunday;Wednesday;Thursday;Friday;Saturday

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