Campground Host - Starrigavan Campground Sitka Alaska

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ORGANIZATION: USDA Forest Service

Description:

This is a full-time volunteer position in Sitka, Alaska ( Home - Visit Sitka). The hours of volunteer service will depend on the number of campers, picnickers and visitors in the recreation area and light maintenance duties that need to be accomplished. The volunteer should expect to schedule time to complete duties and responsibilities as listed below.


Housing:

Lodging is provided to the volunteer in the host cabin within the Starrigavan Recreation Area. The cabin includes furnace, electric range top and oven, microwave, refrigerator, television, internet, washer and dryer, all necessary living room, bedroom and dining furniture, dishware and basic kitchen utensils, cookware, cleaning supplies, and a phone. There is no dishwasher, wood stove or garage and volunteer should be prepared to provide their own queen size bedding and specialty electrical appliances (e.g. blender) if desired. Cellular service is spotty within the recreation area, but landline phone and some internet service are provided. Health and safety compliance inspections may be made on a periodic basis. Forest Service personnel will attempt to notify host(s) prior to entry except in the event of an emergency. The government cannot accept liability for personal items left or stored at the cabin.


No pets are permitted to reside in the host cabin other than certified service animals


Duties:

· Open and close public access gates daily unless snow and/or ice is present on roads.

· Monitor waste levels in outhouse vaults and contact supervisor if issues arise.

· Provide information and recreation area rules to visitors.

· Post and monitor campsite, picnic site, and rental cabin reservation information. Campsite and picnic site use is low during the winter, but the rental cabin is used regularly in all seasons.

· Clean campsites, picnic sites, and rental cabin when needed.

· Pick up litter around the recreation area.

· Clean restrooms as needed and directed by supervisor.

· Remove illegal fire rings as necessary.

· Provide light and occasional maintenance needs as determined by supervisor. This may require use of small gas or electric powered equipment such as string trimmers, leaf blowers, pressure washers, etc.

· Report unusual and immediate law enforcement problems to police or FS law enforcement and supervisor.

· Dispense firewood purchased by campers and picnickers.

· Informally convey Bear Aware, Coexist with Brown Bears and Low Impact Camping message to visitors.

· Other duties as assigned.


Requirements:

· Work unsupervised at a remote site.

· Hosts must have a valid state driver’s license and the ability to operate a side-by-side UTV.


Qualifications:

· Ability and desire to interact extensively with visitors.

· Ability and desire to work around brown bears. Bears generally are hibernating during the winter months, but can be present in Starrigavan at any time.

· Attention to detail.

· Upbeat and positive attitude.

· 1 st Aid/CPR certified is preferred.


Skills:

· Working with People

· Light carpentry


Work Environment:

Work is performed outdoors in all weather conditions. Site is well-developed, but there are slip, trip, and fall hazards in any outdoor environment.


Background/ Reference Check Required?

Yes


This position is open to couples. If applying as a couple, please have each person submit their own application. Please note, due to funding limitations we may only be able to provide one reimbursement stipend.


Compensation: $30 per day reimbursement stipend

Start Date - 2024-09-08

End Date - 2025-05-08

Activities include: Campground/Site Host;Campground Maintenance;Construction/Maintenance;Visitor Information

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About USDA Forest Service

Location:

1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20250, US

Mission Statement

The USDA Forest Service's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Description

The United States Forest Service (USFS) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that administers the nation’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands, spanning 193 million acres of land.

CAUSE AREAS

Emergency & Safety
Environment
Sports & Recreation
Emergency & Safety, Environment, Sports & Recreation

WHEN

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WHERE

2108 Halibut Point RoadSitka, AK 99835

(57.07424,-135.36946)
 

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Sunday;Monday;Tuesday;Wednesday;Thursday;Friday;Saturday

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