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Cottonwood Visitor Service Representative (Residential) - Summer 2022

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

Be the friendly face that welcomes visitors to Joshua Tree National Park!

Visitor Service Representative (VSR) volunteers provide friendly, energetic assistance to visitors at Cottonwood Visitor Center at the southern end of the park - near Chiriaco Summit, CA . VSRs provide map orientation, hiking information, park literature, safety information, and information on natural and cultural resources. VSRs will also operate gift shop cash register for sales and answer phones to provide information. Work may be conducted inside the visitor center or outside at an information table, weather permitting. Applicants must enjoy working with the public and be able to work approximately May through August, 2022.

Cottonwood is a traditional Mission 66 area located in the Colorado Desert (elevation 3,100 feet) is surrounded by Mojave yucca and a short distance from the Cottonwood Spring palm oasis. It is 7 miles from the park’s south entrance, 10 miles from Interstate 10, 30 miles from the city of Indio, and within walking distance of the visitor center. There is no cell phone service at the volunteer site, but service can be found either at the visitor center or about 4 miles south of the campground, depending on your service provider. Wi-Fi can also be found at the visitor center. The volunteer site is located within the staff residential area, has full RV hook-ups (30 amps) and can accommodate a max RV length of 36 feet. Water is available and there is a dump station at the nearby campground. Camp hosts are responsible for filling their own propane.

This volunteer or volunteer couple will live on-site and work 32 hours per week through the summer. Must have an RV/trailer that requires no more than 30 amp hookups. Volunteer must be prepared to enjoy the hot Colorado Desert summer!

Start Date - 2022-05-01

End Date - 2022-08-31

Activities include: General Assistance;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Not Difficult

Hosts Housing Amenities: No Housing/Amenities Available

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The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


The U.S. National Park Service,, cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. We care for more than 400 national parks and help communities preserve their historic places and open spaces.


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74485 National Park DriveTwentynine Palms, CA 92277


  • Environmental Education
  • Interpreter


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Sunday;Thursday;Friday;Saturday

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