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Click on the state that you’re interested in and apply online for volunteer vacancies.

Many more volunteer positions are available than what is shown. Obtain a Point of Contact list from the Volunteer Clearinghouse and call or email the Park Ranger directly for volunteer opportunities.

Thirty-nine states have volunteer programs and the following states do not: AZ, DE, ME, MD, MI, NV, NJ, RI, UT, WY and the District of Columbia.

Thanks in advance for volunteering for the Corps of Engineers.

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Alabama River Lakes/Claiborne Lake:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Jason R. Swanner
1226 Powerhouse Road
Camden, AL  36726-9190
(334) 682-4244
jason.r.swanner@usace.army.mil 


Gatehouse Volunteers:
Dates: November 01, 2017 through February 28, 2018

Gatehouse volunteers are needed to work the gatehouse at Millers Ferry Campground and Isaac Creek Campground.

Work a minimum of 20 hours per week and volunteer is provided a full service campsite, water, power, and sewer hook-up included.
(Updated 01/31/2017)
Apply online through volunteer.gov




Black Warrior & Tombigbee Lakes/Demopolis Lake - Click here for more lake information 
Contact: 
Benjamin H. Sherrod
Anne F. Loper
384 Resource Mgmt. Drive
Demopolis, AL 36732
(334) 289-3540
Fax: (334) 289-3193
benjamin.h.sherrod@usace.army.mil &
anne.f.Loper@usace.army.mil


Park Host Volunteers:
Dates: Wanted for the spring, summer, fall, and winter season Year Round 2017

The Parks include Foscue Creek Park, Jennings Ferry Park, Forkland Park, and Service Park. Day use parks include Spillway Falls Park and Old Lock 1 Park.

Park Host Duties:  Visitor assistance, remain friendly and accommodating at all times. Check bathrooms frequently and clean when necessary, restock toilet paper and hand towels. Pick up any litter and empty garbage cans. Check play grounds a minimum of once a week for any hazards. Rake and prune campsites, walking trails, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Cleaning supplies, trash bags, hand towels, rakes, and pruners will be provided. In parks that apply check and document water meter daily. Monitor activities in the park with respect to violation of park regulations and notify ranger staff or county police of any problems if warranted. Assist with recycling program and special projects lead by Park Rangers. Hosts are required to work a minimum of 24 hours a week and campsites are to remain clean and orderly at all times.

Gatehouse Duties: Park Rangers Jason Cassity and Anne Cross will train host and be your person of contact regarding all gatehouse duties.

 Open gates at 6:00 am and close gates at 10:00 pm, may vary during special events. Gates must be opened for all emergencies. Gatehouse hours: 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Gatehouse hours and shift are subject to change. Hosts will be required to operate ORMS software, make reservations, check in campers, collect fees, and issue various passes, post campsite and shelter reservations.  Answer telephone during the entire length of your shift (day and night). Provide visitors with information concerning Corps Recreation Areas. Twice daily check park grounds, campsites, shelters, restrooms, playgrounds, and utilities for signs of vandalism, water leaks, hazard trees, etc. Keep in mind the safety of our visitors.  Notify Corps personnel promptly if any problems are seen. At sunset, patrol day use area to make sure all day use visitors have vacated the park. While on your shift you are required to stay overnight in the park, but permitted to leave periodically throughout the day to run errands after approval from Ranger Staff.  A criminal background check is required


Special Skills: Attentive, friendly, and accommodating. Portray a positive image of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Training will be provided. Work will be performed according to safety guidelines provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps of Engineers reserves the right to move hosts based on needs and ability, change park host duties, shifts, and weekly hours spent working in the park.

Hosts are provided a full service campsite, water, power, and sewer hook-up included.
 
(Updated 12/30/2016)
Apply online through volunteer.gov 




Black Warrior & Tombigbee Lakes/Holt Lake:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Matthew S. Snider
11911 Holt Lock & Dam Road
Cottondale, AL 35453
(205) 553-9373
Fax: (205) 556-3908
matthew.s.snider@usace.army.mil

 

Park Host/Deerlick Creek Park:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

Deerlick Creek Park is a shaded oasis on the banks of Holt Lake with 46 campsites, a protected swim beach, picnic area, and boat launch. It is located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Tuscaloosa, AL (about 25 miles away); the area provides for some of the best fishing in western Alabama with excellent water quality.

Volunteer Duties: Three positions needed to - Clean out fire pits and grills at campsites, pick up trash along roads and parking lots, empty trash cans at Day-Use and beach area, clean restrooms located at beach and boat ramp, supply paper products when needed, clean bathhouse in campground when needed, empty trash, supply paper products when needed, blow off campsites when needed, report any water leaks, malfunctions, or problems in the park, and any other duties agreed upon.

Special Skills: Attentive, friendly, and accommodating. Portray a positive image of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Training will be provided. Work will be performed according to safety guidelines provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For your 20 to 25 hours of work per week, we provide a campsite with water, electric, and sewer hookups free of charge; we also provide volunteer shirts and training for all new volunteers.
(Updated 02/231/2017)
Apply online through volunteer.gov 




Gatehouse Attendant/Deerlick Creek Park:
Dates: April 01, 2017 through November 30, 2017

Deerlick Creek Park is a shaded oasis on the banks of Holt Lake with 46 campsites, a protected swim beach, picnic area, and boat launch. It is located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Tuscaloosa, AL (about 25 miles away); the area provides for some of the best fishing in western Alabama with excellent water quality.

Volunteer Duties: Visitor assistance, remain friendly and accommodating at all times. Monitor activities in the park with respect to violation of park regulations and notify ranger staff or county police of any problems if warranted. Assist with recycling program and special projects lead by Park Rangers. Hosts are required to work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every other week (if two gatehouse attendants are present) or every week (if one gatehouse attendant is present).

Open gates at 7:00 am and close gates at 10:00 pm. Gates must be opened for all emergencies. Gatehouse hours: 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Gatehouse hours are subject to change. Hosts will be required to operate ORMS software, make reservations, check in campers, collect fees, and issue various passes, post campsite and shelter reservations.

Special Skills: Attentive, friendly, and accommodating. Portray a positive image of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Training will be provided. Work will be performed according to safety guidelines provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For your 20 to 25 hours of work per week, we provide a campsite with water, electric, and sewer hookups free of charge; we also provide volunteer shirts and training for all new volunteers.
(Listed 02/07/2017)
Apply online through volunteer.gov



Park Host/Gatehouse Attendant - Rocky Branch Park:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

Volunteer Duties: Rocky Branch Park is the most popular day-use park on Holt Lake. The park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. There is a boat launch, hiking trails, a swim beach, and picnic areas in this park, all of which are very popular on weekends, but less so during the middle of the week. It is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Winter duties: Check boat ramp bathrooms frequently and clean when necessary, restock toilet paper and hand towels. Pick up any litter and empty garbage cans. Rake and prune walking trails, picnic areas, and park grounds. Cleaning supplies, trash bags, and hand towels, rakes, and pruners will be provided. Check and document water meter daily. Monitor activities in the park with respect to violation of park regulations and notify ranger staff or county police of any problems if warranted. Assist with recycling program and special projects lead by Park Rangers. Schedule is flexible.

Summer duties: Hosts are required to work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every other week. Open gates at 8:00 am and close gates at 8:30 pm. Gates must be opened for all emergencies. Gatehouse hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Gatehouse hours are subject to change. Hosts will be required to operate electronic cash register, collect fees, and issue various passes, answer telephone, and take/post shelter reservations.

Special Skills: Cash handling experience, customer service experience, work in a park or campground--not all required, but all remain a plus. Attentive, friendly, and accommodating. Portray a positive image of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Training will be provided. Work will be performed according to safety guidelines provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A criminal background check is required.

For your 20 to 25 hours of work per week, we provide a campsite with water, electric, and sewer hookups free of charge; we also provide volunteer shirts and training for all new volunteers.
(Listed 02/21/2017)
Apply online through volunteer.gov




Gatehouse Attendant/Burchfield Branch Park:
Gates: This Position is Year Round 2017:

Volunteer Duties: Burchfield Branch Park is a quiet and secluded, yet accessible, park on the south bank of Holt Lake, near Lock 17 of the Black Warrior River. The park offers shaded camping year-round as well as a swim beach, picnicking, fishing, a boat launch, and playgrounds for all user groups to recreate.

Visitor assistance, remain friendly and accommodating at all times. Monitor activities in the park with respect to violation of park regulations and notify ranger staff or county police of any problems if warranted. Assist with recycling program and special projects lead by Park Rangers. Hosts are required to work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every other week (if two gatehouse attendants are present) or every week (if one gatehouse attendant is present).

Open gates at 7:00 am and close gates at 10:00 pm. Gates must be opened for all emergencies. Gatehouse hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Gatehouse hours are subject to change. Hosts will be required to operate ORMS software, make reservations, check in campers, collect fees, and issue various passes, post campsite and shelter reservations, and answer telephone during shift.

Special Skills: Cash handling experience, customer service experience, work in a park or campground--not all required, but all remain a plus. Attentive, friendly, and accommodating. Portray a positive image of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Training will be provided. Work will be performed according to safety guidelines provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A criminal background check is required.

For your 20 to 25 hours of work per week, we provide a campsite with water, electric, and sewer hookups free of charge; we also provide volunteer shirts and training for all new volunteers.
(Listed 02/21/2017)
Apply online through volunteer.gov


 

Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway - Click here for more lake information 
Contact: 
Phillip Leeser 
Tom Bevill Visitor Center
1382 Lock & Dam Road
Pickensville, AL 35447
(662) 327-2142
Fax:  (662) 328-8766   
phillip.s.leeser@usace.army.mil 


Park Host:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017


Park Host positions are available at 5 campgrounds and 3 day-use areas. Host duties vary depending on the season. The main function of a Park Host is to provide services of hospitality to park guests. In addition, Hosts are essential in allowing us to keep some parks open by performing or assisting with certain operational duties.  
(Updated 12/30/2016)
Apply online through volunteer.gov 




Chena Flood Control Project:   Click here for more lake information
Contact: 
Stewart J. Gilmore
P O Box 57261
North Pole, AK 99705
(907) 488-2748
Fax: (907) 488-3352
stewart.j.gilmore@usace.army.mil


Park Host:
Dates: May 15, 2017 to September 15, 2017

It is located15 miles east of Fairbanks, Alaska. Park Host will have duties with visitor assistance, landscaping, litter pickup, mowing and maintenance of bulletin boards. Duties include assisting visitors by providing park/recreation information and distributing Title 36, park maps, and other informational handouts. The volunteers will assist the Ranger staff with a wide variety of other duties throughout the season, although small changes are made based on when the thaw comes to interior Alaska.

Volunteers are provided a full service campsite, including electric hook-up, water, and sewer in return for providing 24 to 30 hours a week of volunteer service. 
(Updated 12/14/2016)
Apply online through volunteer.gov




Arkansas River/Wilbur D. Mills Pool 2:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Michael D. Groves
426 Highway 212 East
Dumas, AR 71639
(870) 548-2291 & (501) 324-6020
michael.d.groves@usace.army.mil 


Volunteer Park Cleaning Attendant/Notrebes Bend Park Pool 2:
Dates: May 01, 2017 through October 31, 2017

Volunteer Duties: Looking for a volunteer Park Cleaning Attendant to provide cleaning service duties in the Notrebes Bend Campground.

Duties will include: restrooms, showers, campsites, trash cans and grounds.  Cleaning supplies will be supplied by the Corps.  Attendant will provide a minimum of 20 hours of service per week. Attendant will not have duties on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  Other non-duty days may be arranged if requested in advance.

Campsite with water and 20/30/50 Amp electric hook-ups will be provided.
(Updated 02/02/2017)
Apply online through volunteer.gov



Park Attendant/Pendleton Bend Park Pool 2:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

Volunteer Duties: Looking for a volunteer Park Attendant to provide camper assistance duties in the Pendleton Bend Campground (31 campsites). Working four days in the gatehouse, four hours each day, and tours of the park area and providing presence. Volunteer will not have duties on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Gatehouse work will include collection and remittance of fees, making reservations and other actions through the NRRS, training will be provided.

Special Skills: Computer entries of camping fees. Accounting and deposit of fees.

Campsite with water, electric 50 amp, and sewer is provided for 20 volunteer hours of worked per week.  Mileage reimbursement for park tours will be provided.

(Listed 02/02/2017)
Apply online through volunteer.gov 




Norfork Lakes & Bull Shoals: -
Click here for more lake information
Contact:  
Kathleen V. Payne
324 West 7th Street
Mountain Home, AR 72653
(501) 340-1434 or
(870) 425-2700 Ext: 1434
Fax: (870) 425-3795 
kathleen.v.payne@usace.army.mil 


Mountain Home Project Office/Volunteer Park Host:
Dates: April 15, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Positions are available in parks on Bull Shoals Lake! The Volunteer Park Host will collect and transmit all user fees (such as camping, day use, etc.).  Park Hosts will work with all aspects of the National Recreation Reservation Service.  Responsibilities include receiving telephone calls, recording data, providing visitors with local area information, performing inspection tours of the park, and updating campsite reservation and group shelter information daily. The computer will be used for all aspects of the park program.

Volunteers should have basic computer skills and be willing to complete other duties if needed. The desired employees must maintain a professional appearance and manner, have a pleasant personality, and the ability to deal with diverse visitors. 
A personal background check is required.  The flexible work schedule is a minimum of 25 hours per week. Shifts are 5 to 8 hours in length depending on situational requirements and will be worked at predetermined times.  After your application is submitted, a résumé with at least two references will be requested for our review.

A free campsite, which includes electric, water, and sewer amenities, is offered in lieu of payment for work.
(Updated 11/28/2016)
Apply online through volunteer.gov




Mountain Home Project Office/Volunteer Office Clerk:
Dates:  This Position is Year Round 2017

We have one volunteer position for someone to assist the duty ranger or by performing daily activities such as answering the phone, collecting fees for annual day passes, copying documents, organizing files, and providing local area information to visitors. The volunteer must have basic computer skills, be proficient in Microsoft Office, and have the ability to file documents and complete other duties as assigned. The desired volunteer must have a pleasant personality, the ability to deal with diverse visitors, and must maintain a professional appearance and manner. The flexible work schedule is a minimum of 24 hours per week. A personal background check is required.

After your application is submitted, a résumé with at least two references will be requested for our review.

A free campsite, which includes electric, water, (sewer if available) is offered in lieu of payment for work.
(Updated 12/30/2016) 
Apply online through volunteer.gov 




Mountain Home Project Office/Volunteer Power Plant Maintenance:

Dates: April, 2017 through September, 2017

We have two volunteer positions for someone to serve as a Power Plant Maintenance Volunteer. Duties may include: power washing; painting; weed control and lawn care; and general maintenance. The volunteer may be operating government vehicles and equipment.

The desired volunteer must have a current driver’s license, a pleasant personality, be willing to complete other duties if assigned, and must maintain a professional appearance and manner. A personal background check with fingerprints is required. The flexible work schedule is 24 hours per week. After your application is submitted, a resume with at least two references will be requested for our review.

A free campsite, which includes electric, water, (sewer if available) is offered in lieu of payment for work.
(Listed 10/04/2016)

Apply online through volunteer.gov
 

 

 

Mountain Home Project Office/Landscaper-Grounds Maintenance:
Dates:  March 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017

We have one volunteer position for someone to serve as a Landscaping/Grounds Maintenance Volunteer. This position will be primarily doing yard maintenance and landscaping work at the project office, although some tasks will be performed in park settings.  The Volunteer will be performing individual tasks utilizing power and hand tools to maintain grounds, flower beds, and parking lots, and to provide lawn care services.  Responsibilities will include:  operating small power equipment; applying herbicides, fertilizers, and pesticides; planting/pruning trees and shrubs; mowing grass and trimming edges; raking/mulching leaves and plant debris; and watering vegetation.  Appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will be supplied.

The desired employees must maintain a professional appearance and manner, have a pleasant personality, have basic landscaping capabilities, and be willing to complete other duties if needed.  A personal background check is required. The flexible work schedule is a minimum of 24 hours per week. After your application is submitted, a résumé with at least two references will be requested for our review.

A free campsite, which includes electric, water, (sewer if available) is offered in lieu of payment for work.
(Listed 11/15/2016)
Apply online through volunteer.gov

 



Black Butte Lake:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Amber R. Machado
19225 Newville Road
Orland, CA 95963
(530) 865-4722 Ext: 32
amber.r.machado@usace.army.mil


Campground Maintenance Volunteer:
Dates: April 21, 2017 through September 15, 2017

Volunteer Duties: Campground maintenance (clean fire pits, pick up litter, report damage), track camper occupancy, report problems to rangers, open gates daily, provide information and assistance to visitors. Other duties to be determined based on volunteer’s interests and skills.

This is a small quiet campground with a launch ramp. There are 35 campsites

Special Skills: Prior experience as a camp host is preferred. No fee collecting involved in this position. 

Is Camp Site Provided for Hours Worked: Yes, power, water and sewer hookups provided. Hours to be determined.
(Updated 01/27/2017)
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Hensley Lake: 
Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Nicolas R. Figueroa
PO Box 85
Raymond, CA 93653
(559) 673-5151 Ext 2106
Fax: (559) 673-2044
nicolas.r.figueroa@usace.army.mil


Park Volunteer:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

Volunteers are needed Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter usually 2 to 4 months or longer. Duties include general maintenance and cleanup along shoreline and recreation areas, also assisting staff with natural resource projects. Hensley Lake is located in the center of California it is a short drive to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and an easy drive to the Pacific Ocean. 

Each volunteer is required to work 25 hours per week. Tools, fuel, and full-hookup site provided.
  
(Updated 01/04/2017)
Apply online through volunteer.gov 



Day Use Area Volunteer:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

Seeking a COUPLE to perform multiple light and medium duty tasks at all the Day Use areas at Hensley Lake. Duties will include litter removal, painting, landscaping, plant irrigation, giving visitor assistance and special projects given by the park rangers.
(Updated 01/04/2017)
Apply online through volunteer.gov 




Lake Kaweah/Terminus Dam - Click here for more lake information
Contact:

Robin W. Lebo
34443 Sierra Drive
Lemon Cove, CA 93244
(559) 597-2301
Fax: (559) 597-2468 
robin.w.lebo@usace.army.mil


National Public Lands Day:
Date: September 23, 2017

The location is at Kaweah Lake/Terminus Dam/Horse Creek Campground Staging Area.  The suitability is for adults, teens, seniors, youth, groups and Families.

Difficulty of the jobs are Average.

Work included: Invasive species removal, Lake wide trash pick-up, tree planting, shade Cover installation, and pollinator bed clean outs and weeding of area.


Camping Provided- Limited sites available, call Visitor Center for availability (559) 597-2005.
(Updated 09/26/2016)
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Visitor Center:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

The Visitors Center volunteer will provide assistance in the Kaweah Heritage Visitor Center greeting the public, answering questions about the visitor center and local area, answering phones, make sales in the Sequoia Natural History Association bookstore, and stock the brochure rack and use the cash register and fax/copy machine as needed.  Volunteer should be comfortable speaking to the public, outgoing, energetic, professional, and enjoy meeting new people.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Desire to meet and interact with persons from varied backgrounds.

2. Cognitive, verbal and auditory ability to answer questions and communicate with various constituents who call or stop into the Visitors Center.

3. Ability to use cash register and balance daily funds at end of shift.

4. Auditory ability to respond to verbal requests.

5. Visually able to spot safety hazards and take prompt appropriate action to correct in accordance with training provided.

Desired Experience:

1. Customer Service, office experience, or work with public.

2. Previous outdoor recreation experience as employee or volunteer.

3. Computer literacy.

4. Knowledge of Excel, Adobe, Word and other computer programs.

(Updated 12/30/2016)
Apply online through volunteer.gov 



Park Host, Horsecreek Campground:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

Provide hospitality and customer service to campground guests, assisting in the cleaning/upkeep of campground facilities and promoting safe responsible use of Corps of Engineer amenities. Campground hosts are expected to ensure park entrance gates open in the morning and secure gates at night. Conduct periodic walkthroughs of park, greeting public and answering questions. The Campground Host may be required to perform fee collection within the campground and remit camping fees to Nation Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) via computer. Some computer and cash register experience may be needed in order to perform NRRS operations. Campground hosts do not enforce park regulations; however, they are expected to be the eyes and ears of the park rangers and are expected to assist rangers and visitors during emergencies. During the winter months, weekday visitation is low with moderate use during the weekend.  Work minimum 25 hours per week and live in natural outdoor setting, with your own RV.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Desire to meet and interact with persons from varied backgrounds.

2. Appearance should be neat and a positive reflection of the organization.

3. Ability to remain calm in busy situation.

4. Cognitive and verbal ability to answer visitor questions and communicate park rules.

5. Physical ability to navigate camp loop and visit campsites, pick up trash, light cleaning, lift 20 lbs and carry 25 feet (position may require extended periods in the outdoors during adverse     conditions such as heat, cold or rain.)

6. Visually able to spot safety hazards and take prompt appropriate action to correct in accordance with training provided.

Desired Experience:

1. Customer Service or work with public, especially children and elderly.

2. Previous Park or outdoor recreation experience as employee or volunteer.

3. Previous RV Experience.

Work manual 25 hours per week and live in natural outdoor setting, with your own RV.
(Updated 12/30/2016)
Apply online through volunteer.gov 



Administrative Support Volunteer:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

Primary Responsibilities: The primary duty of the Office/Administration Volunteer is to assist the Rangers in the Lake Kaweah Headquarters office.

Specific duties include:

1. Assisting with document preparation and filing; this may include brochures, program plans, spreadsheets, and the like.

2. Assisting with counting receipts from the “iron rangers” located in the Security Room.

3. Assisting the Interpretive Ranger with presentations, as available.

4. Assisting with other duties as available and scheduled.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Desire to work (minimum 25 hours per week) and live in natural outdoor setting, with your own RV

2. Desire to meet and interact with persons from varied backgrounds.

3. Cognitive, verbal and auditory ability to correspond on behalf of USACE volunteer program and file documents in accordance with current standards, answer questions and communicate with various constituents who call, email or stop into the Project Office.

4. Knowledge of and ability to use computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, Adobe and others and comfortable with online data bases and reports.

Desired Experience:

1. Office experience, or work with filing.

2. Previous outdoor recreation experience as employee or volunteer.

3. Previous RV Experience

Volunteers selected for this position may be assigned a campsite with water, electric, and sewer hookups in Horsecreek Campground.
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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Site Host, Slick Rock Recreation Area:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017 

Volunteer Duties:

Upkeep and repair of park facilities such as: restrooms, trails and natural areas. This requires cleaning and inspection of facilities for repair needs, repairing facilities, mowing, weed eating, and other environmental conservation techniques. Work minimum 20 hours per week and live in natural outdoor setting with your own RV.  Foster teamwork by participating in group workdays and other special events and activities.  At times, may assist with day-use monitoring of visitors.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Cognitive and verbal ability to communicate with other park personnel.

2. Physical ability to operate mowing and maintenance machinery lifting and carrying 30 lbs for 100 feet (position may require extended periods in the outdoors during adverse conditions such as heat, cold or rain).

3. Visually able to spot safety hazards and take prompt appropriate action to correct in accordance with training provided.

Desired Experience:

1. Landscaping, planting and care of flowers or other small plants.

2. Natural resource conservation or trail work.

3. Custodial work (cleaning, painting, light repairs).

4. Mechanical Skills to maintain equipment.

5. Heavy equipment, plumbing, electrical, welding, masonry, or carpentry.

6. Being able to speak Spanish in this area is a plus but not required.

Work min 25 hours per week and live in natural outdoor setting with your own RV.
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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Lake Mendocino/Coyote Valley Dam:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Poppy I. Lozoff
Carla C. Robinson
1160 Lake Mendocino Drive
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 467-4237
(707) 467-4263
poppy.l.lozoff@usace.army.mil
carla.c.robinson@usace.army.mil 


Camp Host Volunteers:
Dates: May 01, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Responsibilities:

1. Check in and register campers, collect fees, keep accurate records and maintain security of funds during operations.

2. Remit fees using ORMS (Online Recreation Management Software) through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS). Prior experience is preferred.

3. Answer visitor questions regarding recreation opportunities and park rules.

4. Relay camper complaints and compliance issues to Park Ranger staff.5. Open and close the gates daily (when on duty).

Requirements: 

1. Host volunteers must be bondable to $100,000?. The United States Army Corps of Engineers will pay for the bond.

2. Weekly volunteer time requirement is 24 hours.

3. We seek experienced, cheerful, outgoing camp hosts to volunteer at Lake Mendocino. Candidates are primarily responsible for assisting visitors with the registration process. Lake Mendocino signs volunteers up for three month blocks. This does not mean that the volunteer is limited to three months, it just means the volunteer agreement will have to be renewed if both the volunteer and Lake Mendocino are satisfied with the agreement.

Amenities: Full Hookup (sewer, water, 30amp electric) Paved and level site.
(Updated 03/06/2017)
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Lake Sonoma/Warm Springs Dam:  Click here for more lake information 
Contact:
Emily T. Kohl 
3288 Skaggs Springs Road
Geyserville, CA 95441
(707) 431-4590 
emily.t.kohl@usace.army.mil


Visitor Center Assistant & Camp Host Needed: 
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017 

Located in the California Wine Country, Lake Sonoma has an Immediate Opening: Nestled in the beautiful coastal foothills of Sonoma County, California, Lake Sonoma is surrounded by world famous vineyards and land that is rich in history. Created by the construction of Warm Springs Dam in 1983, the lake provides for flood control, irrigation and recreation. The park has more than 17,000 acres to explore, including more than 47 miles of trails and when the lake is full over 50 miles of shoreline. Recreational opportunities include: hiking, biking, equestrian, boating, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, swimming, fishing and hunting to name a few

Work at U.S. Army Corps of Engineer, Lake Sonoma Recreation Area in Geyserville, Ca. Volunteer is assigned to the Milt Brandt Visitor Center and the Don Clausen Fish Hatchery to perform the following work: Answer visitor's questions, explain park rules, regulations and provide any needed assistance. Presents short interpretive talks to campers, groups of visitors and school groups as needed. Roves and provides information in the Don Clausen Fish Hatchery. You will operate cash register to make sales for the Friends of Lake Sonoma gift shop and other assigned duties.

Special Skills: The volunteer must be able to absorb a great deal of natural and cultural history information and use that information when speaking to the public. All volunteers must be able to work with the visiting public and maintain a positive attitude. The volunteer will be provided on the job training and any required safety training necessary to help them carry out their duties. All volunteers are given an orientation to the park and provided with volunteer uniform components. Volunteers must wear a uniform when on duty and safety equipment as required by their duties.
 
The RV pads are located in the Liberty Glen Campground a short drive from the visitor center. The RV site does have a phone line that the volunteer can use to set up local phone service. Pets are allowed but must be under control, on a 6 foot leash at all times and be non-intrusive to others and wildlife. A 15% discount is granted in the Friends of Lake Sonoma book store. No monetary compensation is available for these volunteer positions.

The Park has six RV campsites available: Year round - with hook ups (water, electric [up to 30 amps] and septic). Use of the RV campsites will require working 24 hours per week, a three month minimum commitment and at least three, eight hour days per volunteer, per week and please provide references from previous volunteer or work experience on the application. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, freezer, internet and local phone service.
(Updated 02/02/2017)
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Pine Flat Lake & Dam:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Stephanie M. Torres
Marian E. Picher
P O Box 117
Piedra, CA 93649 or
27295 Pine Flat Road
Sanger, CA 93657
(559) 787-2589
Fax (559) 787-2773
stephanie.m.torres@usace.army.mil or
marian.e.picher@usace.army.mil



Park Volunteer:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017
 

Live lakeside in an outdoor paradise for free as you volunteer at Pine Flat Lake! It’s located in Central California at the base of the legendary Sierra Nevada’s. The Pacific coast and Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are within a day’s drive. Apply today and live the dream tomorrow!

Full hookup sites provided, free laundry, freezer space, and fuel reimbursement.   
(Updated 12/16/2016)
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Park Worker/Assistant:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017
 

Groundskeeper for lawn, shrubbery, tree maintenance,100 foot fire clearance, as well as also maintenance of buildings, toilets, minor electrical repair and plumbing repair.  Have own tools: lawnmowers, weed eaters, pruners, chainsaw, blower, utility trailer, besides hand tools (hammer, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc.

Special Skills:  Electrical, plumbing repair, welding (have 220 stick welder), experienced in roofing and building repair. 
(Updated 12/16/2016)     
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San Francisco Bay Model Visitor Center:   Click here for more lake information
Contact:

Joanne Jarvis
2100 Bridgeway Blvd.
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 289-3027
Fax: (415) 289-3004
joanne.jarvis@usace.army.mil 


Visitor Services Specialist:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017
 

The volunteer will provide assistance in the Bay Model Visitor Center greeting the public, answer questions about the visitor center and local area, answer phones, make sales in our bookstore, stock brochure table and use the cash register and fax/copy machine as needed.  Volunteer should be comfortable speaking to the public, outgoing, energetic, professional, and enjoy meeting new people.   

No RV facilities available.
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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Tour Guide/Docent:
Dates: Volunteer needed Year Round 2017
 

We are looking for individuals to lead tours and present educational programs, which provide general information about the Bay Model and the San Francisco Bay/Delta region for our visitors. Educational programs and tours can also be developed that are geared to specific topics such as agriculture in the Delta, wetland restoration, water diversions, hydraulic engineering, or community involvement and stewardship. 

Special Skills:  Volunteers should be comfortable speaking in front of a group.  Volunteers will receive training in customer service and preparing and presenting talks and programs to the public.

No RV facilities available.
 
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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Sausalito Art Festival-Visitor Services at the Bay Model:
Dates: Labor Day Weekend September 02 through 04, 2017

Over Labor Day weekend, be part of the largest festival in the Bay Area when the Bay Model Visitor Center hosts the Sausalito Art Festival!  Volunteer opportunities include staffing the Bay Model bookstore, assisting visitors with questions about the facility and the Art Festival, monitoring activity of the Model and gallery area, and assisting in the children's area.  All volunteers receive free admission to the Festival, and a free Festival t-shirt.  Shifts are from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. 

Special Skills:  Volunteers should be comfortable talking to visitors and answering questions. 
(Updated 10/31/2016)
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Stanislaus River Parks:   Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Heather Wright
17968 Covered Bridge Road
Oakdale, CA 95361
(209) 881-3517 Ext: 26
Fax: (209) 881-3203
heather.j.wright@usace.army.mil 


Orange Blossom Recreation Area:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017 

Volunteers are needed for three month terms. Volunteers ensure that the park entrance gate opens in the morning and is secured at sunset. They conduct periodic walkthroughs of the park, greet the public and answer questions. Volunteer park hosts do not enforce regulations; however, they are expected to be additional eyes and ears of the park rangers. Park hosts may be needed to assist during emergencies. Hosts are not required to do maintenance or janitorial functions, however litter pickup, when needed, is expected. Hosts days off are either Monday to Tuesday or Tuesday to Wednesday. Orange Blossom Recreation Area is a well known takeout point for river rafters, and authorized for day use only. No overnight camping is available for visitors. Orange Blossom Recreation Area has high visitation during the months of June through August, and   park hosts will be required to operate a no fee entrance booth for a five hour shift on Saturdays and Sundays. The fall and winter seasons see moderate to low visitation.

In exchange for volunteer services hosts will be provided with, an RV site, electricity, water, and sewage at no charge.
The host is required to maintain a telephone at their own expense. The park address is 12748 Rodden Road, Oakdale, CA, 95361.
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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McHenry Avenue Recreation Area:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017
 

Volunteers are needed for three month terms for two separate host sites. Volunteer park hosts ensure that the park entrance gate opens in the morning and is secured at sunset. They conduct periodic walkthroughs of the park, greet the public and answer questions. Park hosts do not enforce regulations; however, they are expected to be additional eyes and ears of the park rangers. Park hosts may be needed to assist during emergencies. Hosts are not required to do maintenance or janitorial functions, however litter pickup, when needed, is expected. Hosts days off are either Monday to Tuesday or Tuesday to Wednesday. During the summer months McHenry Avenue Recreation Area is a popular day use spot with nine boat-in environmental tent camping sites. The recreation season, Memorial Day through Labor Day, can require park hosts to work one five hour shift per weekend in the park’s entrance booth. Reservations and fees for camping are collected 14 days in advance by our Field Office Assistant at the Knights Ferry Information Center. (In the last 3 years the campground has not reached full capacity, so the host duties are primarily park host not camp host.)

In exchange for volunteer services hosts will be provided with, an RV site, electricity, water, and sewage at no charge.
The host is required to maintain a telephone at their own expense. The park address is 24300 East River Road, Escalon, CA, 95320. 
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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Knights Ferry Recreation Area:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017
 

Volunteers are needed for three month terms. Volunteer park hosts ensure that the parks two entrance gates are open in the morning and secured at sunset. They conduct periodic walkthroughs of the park, greet the public and answer questions. Park hosts are needed to staff the sites Information Center on Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Park hosts do not enforce regulations; however, they are expected to be additional eyes and ears of the park rangers. Park hosts may be needed to assist during emergencies. Hosts are not required to do maintenance or janitorial functions, however litter pickup, when needed, is expected. Hosts days off are either Monday to Tuesday or Tuesday to Wednesday. The Knights Ferry Recreation Area is a popular put-in spot for river rafters, and authorized for day use only. No overnight camping is available for visitors. The community of Knights Ferry is rich in history, and the host site is in view of the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi River. The bridge is open to foot traffic only.

In exchange for volunteer services hosts will be provided with, an RV site, electricity, water, and sewage at no charge. The host is required to maintain a telephone at their own expense. The park address is 17968 Covered Bridge Road, Oakdale, CA, 95361. 

(Updated 12/30/2016)
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Docent, Knights Ferry Recreation Area:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017
 

The Knights Ferry Recreation Area is the centerpiece of the Stanislaus River Parks system. It is the most popular of the 9 developed recreation areas. Rich in history, the Knights Ferry area is on the National Historic Registry. Docents assist park rangers giving interpretive programs about the Grist (flour) Mill, Mill Office, and the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi River, the Knights Ferry Covered Bridge. Knights Ferry’s history tells tales of the 49er era, Native American history, natural history, and pivotal assistance in the development of Stanislaus County. As the docents experience and knowledge increase they may be asked to give interpretive programs on their own. Other interpretive topics include the Life Cycle of the Chinook salmon, Water Safety, Cleanup / Maintenance / Trail Maintenance, and Cultural / Natural History.
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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While no volunteer vacancies are currently listed for this state, volunteer opportunities may be open that aren’t shown. Obtain a Point of Contact list from the Volunteer Clearinghouse and call or email the Park Ranger directly for volunteer opportunities.






Hop Brook Lake:   Click here for more lake information
Contact:

Diana J. Errico-Topolski
4 Straits Turnpike
Middlebury, CT 06762
(203) 729-8840 Ext: 370
Direct: (978) 318-8370
Cell: (203) 509-9708
diana.j.errico-topolski@usace.army.mil


Park Hosts:
Dates: Mid-May 2017 through Mid-September 15, 2017 

We are looking for two energetic couples to staff a fee collection booth from approximately Mid May to Mid-September. Enjoy a hidden jewel in Western Connecticut!  Hop Brook Lake (operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) is a 532 acre park located in the towns of Middlebury, Naugatuck and the city of Waterbury. The park sees annual visitation of 288,492 visitors whom enjoy swimming, picnicking, hiking, fishing and biking in the well maintained recreation area.

Duties include collecting fees, possible minor maintenance and litter collection duties, answering visitor’s questions and being the first friendly face our visitors meet. Valid Driver’s License, Background Check and Fingerprinting required. Drug-Free work place. Please contact marissa.l.wright@usace.army.mil (978) 318-8374 for further information.  Serious inquiries only.

Volunteers will be asked to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, in exchange for full hook up RV camp site (Cable and internet not included).
(Updated 08/31/2015)
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Naugatuck River Basin/Black Rock Lake, Northfield Brook Lake & Thomaston Dam:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:

Marissa L. Wright
100 Allerton Farms Road
Middlebury, CT 06762
(978)-318-8374
Cell: (860) 866-7810
Fax: (203) 598-0399
marissa.l.wright@usace.army.mil 


Park Host:
Dates: Mid April 01, 2017 through Mid October 2017

A dedicated, hardworking and energetic volunteers needed to perform cleaning of public recreation and restroom facilities at Black Rock Lake, Northfield Brook Lake, and Thomaston Dam (operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), in beautiful Thomaston, CT.  The US Army Corps of Engineers will provide equipment, supplies, and vehicle. Valid Driver’s License, Background Check and Fingerprinting required.  Drug-Free work place. Please contact marissa.l.wright@usace.army.mil (978) 318-8374) for further information. Serious inquiries only

Volunteers will be asked to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, in exchange for full hook up RV camp site.
(Updated 09/30/2016)
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Lake Okeechobee Waterway:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Robert R. Hill
W. P. Franklin Visitor Center
1661 South Franklin Lock Road
Alva, FL 33920
(239) 694-8770
robert.r.hill@usace.army.mil


Gate Attendant/Park Host:
Dates: April/May 01/01/2017 through October 31, 2017, Possibly Longer

Volunteer Duties: Staff a visitor center and/or gate house. Greet and assist visitors/campers. Collect fees associated with camping reservations. Assist rangers with office administrative duties. Promote water safety. 

Special Skills: Interpersonal skills, ability to adapt and improvise, NRRS experience, Microsoft Office, mobile. 

Campsite is provided with the 20 to 25 hours worked. A full hook-ups is provided, close proximity to laundry, Wi-Fi and river.
(Listed 03/01/2017)
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Allatoona Lake:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
George I. McBroom
1138 Georgia Highway 20 Spur
Cartersville, GA 30121
(678) 721-6738
(770) 386-6758
george.i.mcbroom@usace.army.mil


Tanyard Creek Boat Ramp Host:
Dates: May 1, 2017 through September 04, 2017

Park hosts will live at a host site within the park. On Saturday, Sundays and Holidays park hosts will man the gatehouse for seven (7) hours from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. depending on weather.  They will issue honor vault envelopes and parking passes and provide visitor information. They will also be responsible for periodically riding through the park, Wednesday through Friday to check the park for vandalism or violations of the rules (personal vehicle required).  Hosts will interact with the public and may provide correct information regarding rules, but may request Park Ranger assistance if necessary to gain compliance.  Park hosts will check vehicles for compliance with use fees and will provide envelopes explaining the process on windshields of those vehicles that appear not to have paid the fee.

A campsite will be provided with electricity (50 amp), water, and sewage in exchange for a 20 to 25 hour work week.
(Listed 01/27/2017)
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Cooper’s Furnace Day-Use:
Dates: March 1, 2017 through November 30, 2017

Park host couple will work a 4 day-on-4 day-off work week, approximately 20 to 25 hours per week. When on duty, they will ensure that gates are opened at 8:00 a.m. and closed at the appropriate time as instructed.  On Saturday, Sunday and holidays, one member of the host couple must be in the gatehouse for approximately seven (7) hours each day, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  They will distribute information, post the dam generation schedule, check out volleyball and horseshoe equipment, and manage the usage of shelters by "Paid Reservation Groups".  On the morning of a reservation the hosts will post a reserved sign for either shelter "A" or "B" in front of the appropriate shelter to inform the general public.  Hosts will be required to track the date of reservations in a calendar book located in the gatehouse. They will also be required to drive through the park and ensure compliance with park rules and check for vandalism

A campsite will be provided with electricity (50 amp), water, and sewage in exchange for a 20/25 hour work week at a popular historic area.
(Listed 01/27/2017)
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Clark Creek South Boat Ramp:
Dates: April 1, 2017 through September 4, 2017

Two sets of Volunteers Needed: Couple, 21 years or older with a factory built, self-contained, camper trailer or motor home at least 28 feet long. No other persons can live with the volunteer couple during the volunteer period. Two pet limit; however, no vicious pets. Volunteer Park Hosts will work a rotating four-day on four-day off schedule and will be responsible for; park surveillance; user fee compliance; and performing park patrols. Boat ramp gates are open seven days a week. Volunteer Park Host will inspect boat ramp every periodically to check for fee compliance and issue user fee envelopes; check for minor violations, such as pets off leash and parking on grass; and report vandalism and maintenance problems to the office. Twice daily Volunteer Park Host will inspect closed campground.  During the period of May 15, 2017 through September 4, 2017 park hosts if on duty on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will operate the gatehouse from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for traffic control purposes; however, Volunteer Park Host will not collect user fees. Clark Creek Boat Ramp Area has a launching ramp with 45 parking spaces.

A campsite will be provided with electricity (50 amp), water, and sewage in exchange for a 20/25 hour work week.
(Listed 01/27/2017)
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Visitor Center/Volunteer Village
Dates: May, 2017 through September, 2017

Allatoona Lake, located approximately 40 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia has a camping area dedicated exclusively to volunteers.

Volunteer couples are needed for a wide variety of duties and responsibilities. Volunteer duties can include but not limited to greeting visitors that come in to the Visitor Center; operating the phone system and radio; answering questions about the project; promoting water safety; manning booths at fairs; assisting with administrative office work; assisting with honor vault collection; trail maintenance; bluebird box installation and monitoring; building and placing fish attractors; monitoring traffic counters; navigation inspections; assisting boat patrols; traffic control; etc. Volunteers do not perform maintenance or janitorial duties at the Visitor Center.

Village volunteers also share a meeting room with a kitchen, lounge and laundry room. The Volunteer Village is located within two miles of the Project Office and within six miles of amenities including banks, post office, restaurants, and a Super Wal-Mart. Volunteers must be 21 years or older; be willing to work 20 hours per week, per site; be physically and mentally capable of performing volunteer tasks; and pass a background check. No persons are permitted to occupy a site other than the volunteer team.

We offer a full hook-up campsite in our ten-site Volunteer Village, each furnished with a table, grill, lantern post, water, electric and sewage.
(Listed 02/16/2017)
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Carters Lake  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Jonathan R. Wise or
Javier E. Perez-Ortiz
P.O. Box 96
Oakman, GA 30732-0096
(706) 334-2248
Fax: (706) 334-2216
jonathan.r.wise@usace.army.mil 
orjavier.e.perez-ortiz@usace.army.mil


Park Host:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

Volunteer duties: Will involve but not limited to, daily inspections by vehicle of assigned area, distributing brochures, providing information to the public, and doing maintenance. In order to do fee boxes you must be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs above shoulders. Work is performed indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Present educational programs.

Doing Wildlife and fisheries projects and supporting water safety initiatives to campers, Carter Lake is a Volunteer’s friendly working environment.

Volunteers will be required to work 20-30 hours a week. Full concrete Hook-Up sites are available and uniforms will be provided.
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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Hartwell Lake
Click here for more lake information
Contact: 
Thomas (Dale) D. Bowen
5625 Anderson Highway
Hartwell, GA 30643
(888) 893-0678 Ext: 348
thomas.d.bowen@usace.army.mil


Day Use Gatehouse Volunteers:
Dates: May 15, 2017 through September 15, 2017

Duties: Volunteers will be responsible for manning the day use gatehouse weekends and holidays throughout the summer recreation season. Daily hours are from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Duties include collecting day use fees, selling annual passes, and supply visitors with information and regulations concerning the Corps of Engineers and day use area. Volunteers may also assist with the Water Safety and Life Jacket Loaner Programs as needed. Volunteers should report any compliance problems (vandalism and similar disturbances) to the nearest Corps of Engineers’ ranger or law enforcement officer. Volunteers will average 25 to 30 hours of service per week. Volunteer will be bonded and subject to background checks.

Volunteers must maintain a valid driver’s license.  Volunteers may use a golf cart or similar vehicle while performing assigned duties.  Prior approval is required.  No vehicles/transportation will be provided by the government.

For question about the two volunteer positions please call 706-856-0348.

Day Use Areas:

Elrod Ferry  =  May 15 to September 15

A campsite will be provided to volunteers with water and electric hook-ups, although no facilities exist within the recreation area.  All equipment, supplies, and uniform items will be provided by the Corps.
(Updated 08/31/2016)
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J. Strom Thurmond Lake:
 Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Carl D. Hatfield
John R. Benjamin
Kevin S. Madsen
510 Clarks Hill Hwy
Clarks Hill, SC/GA 29831
(800) 533-3478
carl.d.hatfield@usace.army.mil
john.r.benjamin@usace.army.mil
kevin.s.madsen@usace.army.mil

J. Strom Thurmond Lake is located on the South Carolina & Georgia Border.


Volunteers to Assist with Administrative Office Work, Tracking Fees & More "ASAP":
Dates: March 01, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Beautiful J. Strom Thurmond Lake is approximately 25 miles north of Augusta, Georgia and 7+has a camping area dedicated exclusively to volunteers.

Require volunteer assistance for the recreation season to assist tracking user fees collected. Selected volunteer will also provide information and regulations to visitors concerning the Corps of Engineers recreation areas and with the Water Safety and Life Jacket Loaner Programs as needed.

Volunteers will average 20-25 hours of service per week. Volunteer will be bonded and subject to background checks.  Volunteers will wear clean work clothes while performing volunteer duties. Applicants must be physically capable of performing job duties. Volunteers must have a friendly attitude with the public and portray a positive image of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Training will be provided by Corps personnel. Work will be performed according to safety guidelines provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

This position is available in both South Carolina and Georgia. For questions about the positions please call Park Ranger Dave Hatfield - 864-333-1129 or Park Ranger John Benjamin - 864-333-1131.

The Volunteer Village has 12 campsites each furnished with a cement pad, table, grill, lantern post, water, electric (50 amp/30 amp), sewage and WIFI. Village volunteers also share a meeting room with exercise equipment, kitchen, lounge and laundry room.  Volunteers must have a factory built self-contained motor home RV, 5th wheel or travel trailer camper. Two pet maximum, Dogs must be leashed within the Volunteer Village. Dog trails are readily available in the immediate vicinity of our campground.  You may arrive as early as 1 March 2017.
(Updated 03/16/2017)
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Two Volunteer Positions for Day-Use Gatehouse "ASAP":
Dates: May 01, 2017 through September 05, 2017

Beautiful J. Strom Thurmond Lake, approximately 25 miles north of Augusta, Georgia has a camping area dedicated exclusively to volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to operate a day-use recreation area gatehouse from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during our peak recreation season (Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day are required).You may arrive as early as April 02, 2016.

Volunteers will be responsible for manning the day use gatehouse on weekends and holidays throughout the summer recreation season. Daily hours are from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Duties include collecting day use fees, selling annual passes, and assist visitors with information and regulations concerning the US Army Corps of Engineers and day use areas. Volunteers may also assist with the Water Safety and Life Jacket Loaner Programs as needed. Volunteers should report any compliance problems (vandalism and similar disturbances) to the nearest Corps of Engineers’ ranger or law enforcement officer.

Volunteers will average 20 to 25 hours of service per week. Volunteers will be bonded by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and subject to background checks. Volunteers will wear clean work clothes while performing volunteer duties. Applicants must be physically capable of performing job duties and must have a friendly attitude with the public and portray a positive image of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Training will be provided by Corps personnel. Work will be performed according to safety guidelines provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The positions are available in both South Carolina and Georgia parks. For questions about the two volunteer positions please call Park Ranger John Benjamin - 864-333-1131.

The Volunteer Village has 12 campsites each furnished with a cement pad, table, grill, lantern post, water, electric (50 amp/30 amp), sewage and WIFI. Village volunteers also share a meeting room with exercise equipment, kitchen, lounge and laundry room. Volunteers must have a factory built self-contained motor home RV, 5th wheel or travel trailer camper. Two pet maximum, Dogs must be leashed within the Volunteer Village. Dog trails are readily available in the immediate vicinity of our campground.
(Updated 03/16/2017)
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Lake Sidney Lanier
Click here for more lake information
Contact:
JD Liebrock
1050 Buford Dam Road
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 945-9531
Fax: (770) 945-7428
jay.d.liebrock@usace.army.mil


Work Camper:  
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

Lake Sidney Lanier, northeast of Atlanta, GA has a camping area dedicated exclusively to volunteers. To stay in the village, volunteers are required to work 20 hours per week, per couple.  Volunteers are needed to: promote water safety at trade shows, local fairs, and festivals; greet visitors; take shelter reservations; assist with administrative office work, trail maintenance, bluebird box installation and monitoring; building and placing fish attractors; navigation inspections; and more. 

The Village has 14 campsites each furnished with a table, grill, lantern post, water, electric, sewage, and phone service. Village volunteers also share a picnic shelter and laundry room.  
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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Campground Host/Bolding Mill:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

We are looking for a few volunteer campground hosts, so if you know of someone who would like to do something unique for the summer, someone who is retired, someone who likes to travel/camp, or a relative who might want to visit someone in the area for a while, please let them know about the following information.

We are looking for folks who would like to serve as volunteer campground host at Bolding Mill Campground at Lake Lanier for 3 to 6+ months. The campground is located close to a lot of amenities within the North Georgia Area.

We will be interviewing potential hosts over the next couple of weeks and will be making our selections shortly thereafter. So feel free to past this information on to anyone you might think would be interested and please call Rob Daniels with any questions that you may have (770) 945-9531.

In exchange for 20 hours of volunteer service a week, individuals could stay at one of our nicest campgrounds for free.  The volunteer campgrounds sites in Bolding Mill have full hook ups for large motor homes (50 amp service, water, and sewer).
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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Walter F. George Lake:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Shannon L. Schaefer
427 Eufaula Road
Fort Gaines, GA 39851
(229) 768-2516
Fax (229) 768-2809
shannon.l.schaefer@usace.army.mil


Weekend Gate Attendant/White Oak Day-Use Gatehouse:
Dates: March 03, 2017 through October 01/2017

Volunteer Duties: Attend the Day-Use Gatehouse from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm or 9:00 am to 9:00 pm CST on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays taking in money and handing out receipts to customers.

Special Skills: Good public relations skills.

A campsite will be provide with full hookups (water, electric, and sewage) for working weekends and holidays.
(Listed 02/22/2017)
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West Point Lake:
  
Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Rebecca M. Fink
500 Resource Management Drive
West Point, GA  31833
(706) 645-2937
Fax: (706) 643-3200
rebecca.m.fink@usace.army.mil


Campground Host Back-Up/Volunteer Village:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

Campground Operations: Will be training on how to use the NRRS system and operate the campgrounds. Gatehouse duties include performing routine rounds through park, commute to nearest location to purchase money orders, work with campers to perform edits to reservation status, maintain appropriate end of shift reports. Volunteers may be asked to assist in the campgrounds when needed during times when help is needed.

Volunteer Village: Volunteers will be a part of a larger team who stay in the Volunteer Village as their home base. This area has a variety of work equipment used around all areas of West Point Lake. Duties may include but are not limited to: blow off leaves, clean fire rings, clean and stock bathrooms, pick-up trash around campsites and lake shoreline, clean signs, paint signs, monitor and/or repair blue-bird boxes, build fish attractors, plant trees and other vegetation, assist with School Programs onsite and offsite, assist with special events, assist Rangers with monthly data collection, assist at Visitor Center desk, assist Rangers on boat patrols, maintain bulletin boards, conduct educational programs at R.Shaefer Heard Amphitheater, clear brush, maintain project office butterfly garden, inspect hiking and biking trails, and photographer.

Campsites provided will include 50amp electric, sewage and water hookup at no cost to you.
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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Dworshak Dam and Reservoir:   Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Deborah A. Norton
1842 Viewpoint Road
P. O. Box 48
Ahsahka, ID 83520
(208) 476-1256
Fax: (208) 476-1262  
deborah.a.norton@usace.army.mil 


Dent Acres Campground Maintenance for fall (Located at the Dent Acres Campground):
 
Dates: September 01, 2017 to December 15, 2017

Volunteer Duties: As a Maintenance Volunteer for Dent Acres Campground you can enjoy the summer in beautiful northern Idaho. Dent Acres is a full service campground with 50 campsites, a boat launch ramp, playground, and restroom with showers. The lake offers nearly 54 miles of fishing and boating opportunities. Fall opening: Two couples needed for September 2016 through December 2016. Most duties are between 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and the Volunteers usually work four on and four off that way you have time to explore Idaho, and the surrounding area. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, with no significant physical and mental condition that would prevent the volunteer from carrying out these duties. Your main duties are to maintain the campground and facilities; cleaning bathrooms, trash, fire rings, campsites, and mowing the campground. You will assist park staff with minor projects such as painting, pruning brush and or trees.  Help rangers with special events or projects if needed. Volunteers do perform skilled maintenance duties or perform janitorial services. Vehicles and all the supplies you will need will be provided along with steel toed shoes. We also provided lawn mower training. (Please do not let your limitations in availability prevent you from considering this position; we will work with volunteers to fit their availability into our season.)

Deadlines: Resume deadline for spring couple is March 15, 2017. Resumes should be mailed to: Deborah A. Norton, Dworshak Reservoir, and P.O. Box 48, Ahshaka, Idaho 83520 or by email at 
deborah.a.norton@usace.army.mil

We offer a full hook-up campsite (water, sewer, electric service with 50 amp maximum), provide all necessary uniform components, and safety equipment (vest, hard hat, etc.), along with free laundry, a shed for storage, freezer, and fridge that will be shared with the other volunteers. Volunteers provide their own RV or trailer.
(Updated 11/30/2016)
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Visitor Center Maintenance (Located at the Dam)

Dates: September 15, 2017 through November 15, 2017

Volunteer Duties: As a Visitor Center Maintenance Volunteer at Dworshak you can enjoy the summer in beautiful northern Idaho. The lake offers nearly 54 miles of fishing and boating opportunities. One couple is needed from September 15, 2017 through November 15, 2017. Most duties are between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Volunteers usually work four on and four off that way you have time to explore Idaho, and the surrounding area. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, with no significant physical and mental condition that would prevent the volunteer from carrying out these duties. Your main job duties at Dworshak would include cleaning campsites and fire rings, picking up liter, cleaning bathrooms, empting garbage’s, lawn mowing, using the weed eater, trimming branches, painting, and using the blower at our 3 primitive campgrounds, along with 3 of our day use areas. Help rangers with special events or projects if needed. Vehicles and all the supplies you will need will be provided along with steel toed shoes. We also provided lawn mower training.  (Please do not let your limitations in availability prevent you from considering this position; we will work with volunteers to fit their availability into our season.)

Deadlines: Resume deadline for summer couple is March 15, 2017; Resumes should be mailed to: Deborah A. Norton, Dworshak Reservoir; P. O. Box 48, Ahshaka, Idaho 83520 or by email at deborah.a.norton@usace.army.mil.

We offer a full hook-up campsite (water, sewer, electric service with 50 amp maximum), provide all necessary uniform components, and safety equipment (vest, hard hat, etc.), along with free laundry, a shed for storage, freezer, and fridge that will be shared with the other volunteers. Volunteers provide their own RV or trailer.
(Updated 10/31/2016)
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Lucky Peak Lake:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Keith B. Hyde &
Carolyn D. Smith
9723 East Highway 21
Boise, ID 83716
(208) 343-0671 Ext: 4302
Fax: (208) 343-9914
keith.b.hyde@usace.army.mil &
carolyn.d.smith@usace.army.mil


Park Host/Macks Creek Campground:
Dates: May 01, 2017 through October 01, 2017

Come spend the summer in beautiful southern Idaho at Macks Creek Park as a Park Host!
Macks Creek Park is a small day-use area and 15-site campground located on the Boise River Arm of Lucky Peak Lake, 25 miles from Boise and four miles from the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway through the Boise National Forest.  During summer, the lake stretches 12 miles, with 45 miles of shoreline and over 3,000 surface acres of water.  

Volunteer Duties: The Park Host primary role is to maintain reservation notices at all 15 sites and register walk-in campers to no reserved sites.  This park is exceptionally busy during summer with nearly all sites in the park in use each day.  Hosts must be helpful and friendly when providing visitor assistance and answering questions, must report repeat violations of rules to ranger staff, and will assist with stocking supplies in three vault toilets (no cleaning duties).  Occasionally, Hosts may serve as first responders and assist with emergency scenes.

This position has been best filled by couples that work as a team to cover Wednesday through Sunday, although highly motivated single applicants will be considered.  Volunteers provide their own RV and reside near but not in the campground.

Deadlines: Applicants should express interest by Thanksgiving of each year for the coming summer season.  Selections are typically complete by New Year Day of each year.  Competitive applicants will be available for the entire May 1 to October 1 period.  This announcement recurs annually but highly successful Hosts may (and often) return additional
seasons

Resumes with RV photo should be mailed to Park Manager Keith Hyde, Lucky Peak Dam and Lake, 9723 East Highway 21, Boise, Idaho 83716 or by email to
keith.b.hyde@usace.army.mil. or carolyn.d.smith@usace.army.mil

We offer a campsite with a concrete pad, shade shelter, sewer and electric hookups, landline telephone, and trash service.  Satellite TV and internet services are the responsibility of the Park Host.  Hosts have partial use of a storage shed for personal belongings.  A Kawasaki Mule is offered to assist with rounds.  Water is transferred by rangers via potable water tank.  We provide all necessary uniform components, safety equipment (AED, Emergency Oxygen) and all training to perform duties. Volunteers provide their own lodging (RV/trailer).  Long distance travel reimbursement and reimbursable meal expenses may be authorized.

(Updated 11/07/2016)
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Illinois Waterway Project Office/Farm Creek Reservoirs:Click here for more lake information
Contact: 
Todd Ernenputsch
257 Grant Street
Peoria, IL 61603
(309)676-4601 Ext: 209
Fax: (309) 676-4925
todd.d.ernenputsch@usace.army.mil


Park Ranger Assistant:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

A Park Ranger Assistant (PRA) assists with all programs managed at the Illinois Waterway Project Office. These programs include, but not limited to interpretation, recreation management, Natural Resources Management and Administration. Each day will generally start at the Illinois Waterway Project Office. However, reporting station may change with different work assignments. Working hours are very flexible and can range from a few hours each week to full time. 
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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Lake Shelbyville: - 
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Contact:
Ashley S. Florey
Dalton Gatton
Dustin A. Wolf
1989 State Highway 16
Shelbyville, IL 62565
(217) 774- 3951 Ext: 7005
(217 774-3951 Ext: 7022
(217) 774-3951 Ext: 7004
ashley.s.florey@usace.army.mil
dalton.gatton@usace.army.mil
dustin.a.wolf@usace.army.mil


Visitor Center:  
Dates: May 01, 2017 through October 25, 2017

Volunteers needed from May through October. Duties include greeting visitors, advising visitors of brochures, interpretive displays, programs, recreation opportunities and amenities available at the lake and surrounding area. Volunteers will conduct books store sales on behalf of the cooperating association, answer phones, keep brochures stocked, pick up litter or debris around visitor center, perform light maintenance duties and other miscellaneous duties as needed. There may be opportunities to plant, water and weed flower beds around visitor center when visitation is slower. Couples will work together if volunteering as such. If volunteering as a couple, 20 service hours each person per week (40 hours combined) is required. If volunteering as a single person, 32 service hours per week is required.

There may be possibilities to volunteer for portions of the time May through October. Please do not count out the possibility of volunteering part of the season. Please apply or inquire about the possibilities.

A full hook-up campsite at Dam West recreation area or Opossum Creek recreation area, will be provided. The site includes water, sewer, and 50 amp electrical services.
(Updated 03/03/2017)
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Water Safety Roving Interpretation:  
Dates: May 01, 2017 through September 30, 2017 

Volunteers needed to conduct face-to-face roving interpretation that pertains to water safety to visitors of all ages and voluntary vessel checks at boat ramps. Roving interpretation takes place in all of the campgrounds, beaches and day use areas. This is a chance to use your creativity and have fun outside. Materials to conduct roving interpretation will be provided.

Volunteers must provide their own transportation while volunteering. Volunteers will be reimbursed for their mileage. To volunteer you must be at least 18 years old.

Volunteers will wear provided volunteer uniform while performing volunteer duties. Applicants must be physically capable of performing job duties. Volunteers must have a friendly attitude with the public and portray a positive image of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

If volunteering as a couple, 20 service hours each person per week (40 hours combined) is required. If volunteering as a single person, 32 service hours per week is required Individuals and couples are encouraged to volunteer.

Special Skills: Good communication skills, outgoing personality and a people person. Training on how to provide effective interpretation will be provided.

A full hook-up campsite will be provided. The site includes water, sewer, and 50 amp electrical services.
(Updated 03/03/2017)
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Flowerbed Maintenance:
Dates: April 01, 2017 through October 30, 2017 

Maintain flowerbeds at Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center, Coon Creek Recreation Area, Lithia Springs Recreation Area and Spillway East Recreation. You do not have to maintain all of the flowerbeds. You can pick and choose the flowerbed(s) that you would like to maintain.

The task includes pulling weeds, mulching, planting and trimming plants and watering. All supplies will be provided to conduct this task.

Special Skills: None needed.

For every 4 hours of service a free night camping voucher is available that is good for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds at Lake Shelbyville during the 2014 camping season.
(Updated 03/03/2017)
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Earth Day Cleanup:  
Dates: April 21, 2017

Volunteer are needed from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm to help maintain the landscape beds, butterfly house & garden at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center.  First 100 volunteers will receive a white pine seedling. Every volunteer will receive lunch & a free night camping voucher.

Special Skills:  None needed. All ages welcome! Bring your gloves & help beautify Lake Shelbyville on Earth Day. 
(Updated 03/03/2017)
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Mississippi River Project Office, Visitor Center:  
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Contact:
Michael P. McKean
Locks & Dam 15, Rock Island Arsenal, Bldg. 328 - VC
Rock Island, IL 61204
(309) 794-5338
Fax: (309) 794-5741
michael.p.mckean@usace.army.mil


Visitor Center Volunteer:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

Volunteer Duties:  The primary duty of a full-time visitor center Host is operation of the Mississippi River Visitor Center.  There are three full-time Visitor Center Host positions. Visitor Center hours during this period are 9:00 am through 5:00 pm seven days a week. Hosts are required to provide an average of 21 hours of service per week and may serve the entire recreation season. Additional volunteer activities may be necessary to meet the hour requirements, but can be arranged through the volunteer coordinator.

Special Skills:  Comfortable greeting and talking to customers, running the cash register, balancing funds and receipts at the end of each day, providing lock and dam tours and visitor center tours and being comfortable with large crowds in the visitor center at any given time.

Full-time Visitor Center Hosts who wish to receive camping in return for volunteer services will be assigned a campsite with water, electric in the Fisherman’s Corner Campground.
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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Mississippi River Project /Rock Island District/Thomson, IL: - 
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Contact:
Daniel R. Clark
823 Main Street
P. O. Box 398
Thomson, IL 61285
(815) 259-3628
Fax: (815) 259-3629
daniel.r.clark@usace.army.mil

Mississippi River Project/Rock Island District is on the Iowa & Illinois Border

Administrative/Interpretive Volunteers/Thomson Ranger Office Pool 13:
Dates: July 01, 2017 through October 23, 2017

The Administrative/Interpretive Volunteer is responsible for staffing the Thomson Ranger Office Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Hours may be adjusted. Volunteer may be asked to give interpretive Lock and Dam tours occasionally. Volunteer will be given training for these duties if needed. Volunteer may be required to complete government provided safety training for defensive driving. Volunteers will average at least 21 hours of service per week. The volunteer must provide their own reliable, licensed vehicle, fuel, and insurance. Volunteers must maintain a valid driver’s license. A background check will be conducted. A government vehicle may be provided if available. Information on Lock & Dam 13 can be found at http://www.missriver.org. For more information on this position contact the Rangers at 815-259-3628 or email at 
mvrodmn13@usace.army.mil.

Season: Is May through October.

Days Off: Are 3 days off per week but flexible, but should expect to work a Saturday or Sunday occasionally.

Campsite: water, electric, and dump station in Thomson Causeway Recreation Area.

Mileage/Week: 15 miles at .54 cents per mile, $8.10 per week.

Mileage Reimbursements will be made once a year at the end of the volunteer season at the weekly rate listed for this position and only for time spent in performance of the duties associated with this position description.

Specific duties include: Answer questions and assist customers both in person, at the office, and by phone regarding directions, recreation opportunities, area amenities, and other resources.

Open and close the office.

Routine typing and filing, picking up the mail at the post office and preparing mail for each day’s transmittal, and making copies of documents, purging project files, data entry, and editing.

Sell annual passes, volunteer to be bonded by the government.

Hosts will be required to balance funds and receipts following each shift.

Maintain brochure racks, stock/inventory sales items, and complete brochure order when supplies are low.

Help update interpretive displays as needed.

General housekeeping duties: Maintain cleanliness of floors (sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming), clean restrooms, and restock toilet paper and empty trash receptacles as needed.

Assist park rangers with special events and educational programs.

Hosts may also assist with other duties as available and scheduled.

DESIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES: Individual needs to be able to meet and deal with people well. The appearance should be neat and a positive reflection of the organization. Public speaking skills are desirable but not mandatory, and typing, understanding of office organization and prioritization of work actions.

TRAINING/ORIENTATION NEEDED: Job hazard and safety training, and computer program orientation. Be familiar with Golden Age/Access Passports, Annual Passes, and Day Use Fees.

MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT UTILIZED: Computers, facsimile machine, copy machine, etc. All government equipment/property shall be used for official government business only! Government equipment/property should never be used for personal gain.

If the volunteer wishes to receive camping in return for volunteer services they will be provided a site with electric hook-up and water service with use of the dump station.
(Updated 12/13/2016)
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Cleaning Volunteer:
 
Dates: May 01, 2017 through October 31, 2017

The Cleaning Volunteer is responsible for cleaning 2 vault toilet buildings (2 toilets per building total of 4 toilets) at 2 boat launch areas and trash removal from an additional day use area. Guidance will be given to the volunteer as to the desired appearance of restrooms and recreation area. Volunteers should be able to use mild cleaning chemicals. Cleaning supplies will be furnished by the government.

The Recreation Areas of cleaning responsibility include: Big Slough Recreation Area, Cattail Slough Recreation Area, and Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area.

Volunteer may be required to complete government provided safety training for defensive driving. Volunteers will average at least 21 hours of service per week. The volunteer must provide their own reliable, licensed vehicle, fuel, and insurance to transport materials including trash. Volunteers must maintain a valid driver’s license. A background check will be conducted. A government vehicle may be provided if available. The estimated miles per week are included with the description. Information on each area can be found at http://www.missriver.org. For more information on this position contact the Rangers at 815-259-3628 or email at 
mvrodmn13@usace.army.mil

Days Off: Two days off per week and flexible at times too expect to work a Saturday or Sunday.

The mileage per Week is up to 170 miles at 54 cents per mile coming to a total of $91.80 per week. Mileage Reimbursements will be made once a year at the end of the volunteer season at the weekly rate listed for this position and only for time spent in performance of the duties associated with this position description.

If the volunteer wishes to receive camping in return for volunteer services they will be provided a site with electric hook-up and water service with use of the dump station in Thomson Causeway Recreation Area.
(Listed 10/03/2016)
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Rend Lake Project:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Cassie L. Magsig
11981 Rend City Road
Benton, IL 62812
(618) 724-2493
cassie.l.magsig@usace.army.mil


Visitor Center & Campgrounds:
Dates: April 01, 2017 through October 31, 2017

The Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center, in Southern Illinois, is looking for volunteers to perform a variety of duties in the campgrounds and in the Visitor Center.

Volunteer Duties: Duties in the Visitor Center include the basic operation of the Visitor Center, which would require good people skills, light indoor maintenance, and may include some outdoors maintenance of flower beds. Also looking for volunteers to do cleaning and basic maintenance duties in campgrounds. Couples will work together if volunteering as such. If volunteering as a couple, 20 service hours each person per week (40 hours combined) is required. If volunteering as a single person, 30 service hours per week is required to qualify for a free site in the newly established volunteer campsites.

For Couples 20 service hours each and for a single 30 service hours per week is required to qualify for a free site in the newly established volunteer campsites.
(Listed 02/15/2017)
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Rivers Project Office/National Great Rivers Museum 
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Contact:
Janet K. Meredith
Tommy V. Smith
#2 Lock & Dam Way
Alton, IL 62024
(618) 462-6979
Fax: (618) 462-7650
janet.k.meredith@usace.army.mil &
tommy.v.smith@usace.army.mil or
ngrm@usace.army.mil


Visitor Center Volunteer:
Dates: This Position is Year Round 2017

Volunteer Duties: Staff information desk; greet visitors; answer visitor’s questions; provide guided public and special group tours; perform retail sales and organize the Confluence Bookstore; help USACE staff with other duties as assigned.

If interested and qualified – help facilitate education/interpretation programs and staff special events in and around the Alton, IL region.

Special Skills: Customer service; group tours/public speaking; organization skills; basic computer skills; facilitate education programs.
(Updated 12/30/2016)
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While no volunteer vacancies are currently listed for this state, volunteer opportunities may be open that aren’t shown. Obtain a Point of Contact list from the Volunteer Clearinghouse and call or email the Park Ranger directly for volunteer opportunities.

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Coralville LakeClick here for more lake information
Contact:
Mary Sue Bowers
2850 Prairie DuChien Road N.E
Iowa City, IA  52240-7820
(319) 338-3543 Ext: 6306
Fax: (319) 354-4466
mary.s.bowers@usace.army.mil


National Public Lands Day
:

Dates: September 21, 2017 through September 23, 2017 

Coralville Lake natural resource program volunteers needed.

Program: Each volunteer event will include a short (approximately 10 minute) program which will explain the environmental issue being addressed with the project.

How to sign up: If you are interested in volunteering, please call (319) 338-3543 ext. 6308, or email coralville.lake@usace.army.mil. Pre-registration is required a minimum of 24 hours prior to the event start time.

National Public Lands Day: Volunteers will be planting trees in the campgrounds or areas that are undergoing timber stand improvement work. An interpretive program about forest ecosystems and forest health will be included at the beginning of the event.

Campgrounds will be open and free sites available for Dates in Red for volunteers working a minimum of 4 hours.
(Updated 09/30/2016)
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Prairie Seed Collection
:
Dates: October 01, 2017 through November 13, 2017 

Coralville Lake natural resource program volunteers needed.

Program: Each volunteer event will include a short (approximately 10 minute) program which will explain the environmental issue being addressed with the project.

How to sign up: If you are interested in volunteering, please call (319) 338-3543 ext. 6308, or email coralville.lake@usace.army.mil. Pre-registration is required a minimum of 24 hours prior to the event start time.

Prairie Seed Collection: Volunteers will be hand collecting prairie seed from a variety of prairie remnants and reconstructions to be re-planted into a 125 acre restoration project along Ely Blacktop (County Road W6E). An interpretive program about prairie ecosystems and restoration will be included at the beginning of the event.

October 16, 2017: Prairie Seed Collection, November 06, 2017: Prairie Seed Collection, & November 13, 2017: Prairie Seed Collection.


Campgrounds will be open and free sites available for volunteers working a minimum of 4 hours.
(Updated 10/31/2016)
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Mississippi River Project Pool 13 /Pleasant Creek Recreation Area
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Contact:
Bret R. Streckwald
2595 Kerper Blvd
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 582-0881 Ext: 6251
Fax: (563) 582-6908
bret.r.streckwald@usace.army.mil 


Campground Host/Custodian Pleasant Creek Recreation Area:
Dates: May 01, 2017 through October 15, 2017

The campground host/custodian is responsible for the daily tasks of greeting park visitors and informing campers of self-registration procedures. Volunteer will not collect nor handle money.

The campground host/custodian is also responsible for the daily tasks of cleaning 4 vault toilets and policing campground for litter. 55 fire rings will be cleaned weekly or as needed.  All cleaning materials will be provided. Host/custodian shall provide an average of 21 hours of volunteer service per week.

If you would like more information about the Mississippi River Project go to www.missriver.org.

The volunteer selected for this position is provided a campsite with water, electric and sewer hookup.
(Updated 09/30/2016)
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Mississippi River Project Pool 13 /Grant River Recreation Area
:
 - 
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Contact:
Bret R. Streckwald
2595 Kerper Blvd
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 582-0881 Ext 6251
Fax: (563) 582-6908
bret.r.streckwald@usace.army.mil 


Campground Host/Grant River Recreation Area:
Dates: May 01, 2017 through October 23, 2017

The campground host is responsible for the daily tasks of greeting park visitors and providing information. Other duties may include very light maintenance.

If you would like more information about the Mississippi River Project go to www.missriver.org.

The volunteer selected for this position is provided a campsite with 50-amp electric.
(Updated 09/30/2016)
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Mississippi River Project /Rock Island District
-Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Daniel R. Clark
823 Main Street
P. O. box 398
Thomson, IL 61285 
(815) 259-3628
Fax: (815) 259-3629
daniel.r.clark@usace.army.mil

Mississippi River Project/Rock Island District is on the Iowa & Illinois border

Administrative/Interpretive Volunteers/Thomson Ranger Office Pool 13:
Dates: July 01, 2017 through October 23, 2017

The Administrative/Interpretive Volunteer is responsible for staffing the Thomson Ranger Office Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Hours may be adjusted. Volunteer may be asked to give interpretive Lock and Dam tours occasionally. Volunteer will be given training for these duties if needed. Volunteer may be required to complete government provided safety training for defensive driving. Volunteers will average at least 21 hours of service per week. The volunteer must provide their own reliable, licensed vehicle, fuel, and insurance. Volunteers must maintain a valid driver’s license. A background check will be conducted. A government vehicle may be provided if available. Information on Lock & Dam 13 can be found at http://www.missriver.org. For more information on this position contact the Rangers at 815-259-3628 or email at
mvrodmn13@usace.army.mil.

Season: Is May through October.

Days Off: Are 3 days off per week but flexible, but should expect to work a Saturday or Sunday occasionally.

Campsite: water, electric, and dump station in Thomson Causeway Recreation Area.

Mileage/Week: 15 miles at .54 cents per mile, $8.10 per week.
Mileage Reimbursements will be made once a year at the end of the volunteer season at the weekly rate listed for this position and only for time spent in performance of the duties associated with this position description.

Specific duties include: Answer questions and assist customers both in person, at the office, and by phone regarding directions, recreation opportunities, area amenities, and other resources.

Open and close the office.

Routine typing and filing, picking up the mail at the post office and preparing mail for each day’s transmittal, and making copies of documents, purging project files, data entry, and editing.

Sell annual passes, volunteer to be bonded by the government.

Hosts will be required to balance funds and receipts following each shift.

Maintain brochure racks, stock/inventory sales items, and complete brochure order when supplies are low.

Help update interpretive displays as needed.

General housekeeping duties: Maintain cleanliness of floors (sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming), clean restrooms, and restock toilet paper and empty trash receptacles as needed.

Assist park rangers with special events and educational programs.

Hosts may also assist with other duties as available and scheduled.

DESIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES: Individual needs to be able to meet and deal with people well. The appearance should be neat and a positive reflection of the organization. Public speaking skills are desirable but not mandatory, and typing, understanding of office organization and prioritization of work actions.

TRAINING/ORIENTATION NEEDED: Job hazard and safety training, and computer program orientation. Be familiar with Golden Age/Access Passports, Annual Passes, and Day Use Fees.

MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT UTILIZED: Computers, facsimile machine, copy machine, etc. All government equipment/property shall be used for official government business only! Government equipment/property should never be used for personal gain.

If the volunteer wishes to receive camping in return for volunteer services they will be provided a site with electric hook-up and water service with use of the dump station.
(Updated 12/13/2016)
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Cleaning Volunteer:
Dates: May 01, 2017 through October 31, 2017

The Cleaning Volunteer is responsible for cleaning 2 vault toilet buildings (2 toilets per building total of 4 toilets) at 2 boat launch areas and trash removal from an additional day use area. Guidance will be given to the volunteer as to the desired appearance of restrooms and recreation area. Volunteers should be able to use mild cleaning chemicals. Cleaning supplies will be furnished by the government.

The Recreation Areas of cleaning responsibility include: Big Slough Recreation Area, Cattail Slough Recreation Area, and Lock & Dam 13 Recreation Area.

Volunteer may be required to complete government provided safety training for defensive driving. Volunteers will average at least 21 hours of service per week. The volunteer must provide their own reliable, licensed vehicle, fuel, and insurance to transport materials including trash. Volunteers must maintain a valid driver’s license. A background check will be conducted. A government vehicle may be provided if available. The estimated miles per week are included with the description. Information on each area can be found at http://www.missriver.org. For more information on this position contact the Rangers at 815-259-3628 or email at
mvrodmn13@usace.army.mil.

Days Off: Two days off per week and flexible at times too expect to work a Saturday or Sunday.

The mileage per Week is up to 170 miles at 54 cents per mile coming to a total of $91.80 per week. Mileage Reimbursements will be made once a year at the end of the volunteer season at the weekly rate listed for this position and only for time spent in performance of the duties associated with this position description.

If the volunteer wishes to receive camping in return for volunteer services they will be provided a site with electric hook-up and water service with use of the dump station in Thomson Causeway Recreation Area.
(Listed 10/03/2016)
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Mississippi River Project Pool 16-22/Shady Creek Recreation Area
: -
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Contact: 
Jacob J. Kresel
Cynthia R. Klebe
810 Main Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
(563) 263-7913 Ext 6762
Fax: (563) 263-1845
jacob.j.kresel@usace.army.mil
cynthia.r.klebe@usace.army.mil


Campground Host/Shady Creek Recreation Area:

Dates: May 01, 2017 through October 23, 2017 

Description: Shady Creek Recreation Area is located on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River approximately 10 miles east of Muscatine, IA and 16 miles west of the Quad Cities.

This position has many duties which include but are not limited to cleaning comfort stations and shower buildings, emptying garbage cans, cleaning campfire rings, picking up litter, trimming vegetation and painting. Cleaning of the comfort stations and shower buildings (1 waterborne restroom, 1 shower house and 2 vault toilets) will occur two to three days a week. The volunteer will also serve as a campground host answering visitors’ questions. This may occur as the volunteers are performing their duties or there may be times when visitors come to the volunteer’s campsite to report problems. The volunteer is expected to answer questions appropriately, ensure the visitor the problem will be fixed or reported and then report problems to project staff. If volunteering as a couple, 20 service hours each person per week (40 hours combined) is required. If volunteering as a single person, 32 service hours per week is required.

Housing/Amenities provided: Trailer/RV pad. The volunteer will be provided a site with electric and water service with use of the dump station.

(Updated 12/14/2016)

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Campground Host/Clark’s Ferry Recreation Area:
Dates: May 01, 2017 through October 23, 2017 

Description: Shady Creek Recreation Area is located on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River approximately 14 miles east of Muscatine, IA and 12 miles west of the Quad Cities.

This position has many duties which include but are not limited to cleaning comfort stations and shower buildings, emptying garbage cans, cleaning campfire rings, picking up litter, trimming vegetation and painting. Cleaning of the comfort stations and shower buildings (1 shower house and 2 vault toilets) will occur two to three days a week. The volunteer will also serve as a campground host answering visitors’ questions. This may occur as the volunteers are performing their duties or there may be times when visitors come to the volunteer’s campsite to report problems. The volunteer is expected to answer questions appropriately, ensure the visitor the problem will be fixed or reported and then report problems to project staff. If volunteering as a couple, 20 service hours each person per week (40 hours combined) is required. If volunteering as a single person, 32 service hours per week is required.

Housing/Amenities provided: Trailer/RV pad. The volunteer will be provided a site with electric and water service with use of the dump station.
(Updated 12/14/2016)
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Muscatine Ranger Office: Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Jacob J. Kresel
810 Main Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
(563) 263-7913
Fax: (563) 263-1845
jacob.j.kresel@usace.army.mil


Administrative/Interpretive Volunteer:

Dates: May 01, 2017 through October 31, 2017

Volunteer Duties: The Administrative/Interpretive Volunteer is responsible for staffing the Muscatine Ranger Office Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hours may be adjusted. Volunteer may be asked to give interpretive Lock and Dam tours occasionally. Volunteer will be given training for these duties if needed. Volunteer will be required to complete government provided safety training for defensive driving.  Volunteers will average at least 21 hours of service per week. The volunteer must provide their own reliable, licensed vehicle, fuel, and insurance. Volunteers must maintain a valid driver’s license. A background check will be conducted. A government vehicle may be provided if available. Information on Lock & Dam 16 can be found at http://www.missriver.org.

Mileage Per Week:
Approximately 54 cents per mile. Mileage Reimbursements will be made once a year at the end of the volunteer season at the weekly rate listed for this position and only for time spent in performance of the duties associated with this position description. 

Days Off:
Three days off per week. Flexible, but should expect to work a Saturday or Sunday occasionally.

If the volunteer wishes to receive camping in return for volunteer services they will be provided a site with electric hook-up and water service with use of the dump station at Shady Creek Recreation Area.
(Listed 01/03/2017)
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Red Rock Lake:Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Mark R. Pollastrini
1105 North Hwy T-15
Knoxville, IA 50138
(641) 828-7522 Ext: 6442
Fax: (641) 828-7952
mark.r.pollastrini@usace.army.mil 


Recreation Area Volunteers:
Dates: Mid-April 2017 through September 30, 2017

Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake, provides an array of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. It is one of Iowa’s premier destinations for camping, biking and water based recreation. The US Army Corps of Engineers manages numerous recreational areas within the project, including 6 campgrounds and 9 day use areas. Much of the public service in these areas is provided by a team of over 50 volunteers. This vibrant team fills 28 service positions including campground hosting, fee collection, custodial work, visitor center staffing, light maintenance, promotional work and program hosting.

For a list of current openings or to learn more about Lake Red Rock’s volunteer program contact Park Ranger Mark Pollastrini, phone: 641-828-7522 ext. 6442, email: mark.r.pollastrini@usace.army.mil or visit us on the web at www.lakeredrock.org.

Volunteers are provided a free full service campsite in exchange for seasonal service from late April through September.
(Updated 08/31/2016)
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Saylorville Lake: - Click here for more lake information 
Contact:
Phillip D. Rustad 
5600 NW 78th Avenue
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 276-4656 Ext. 6518
phillip.d.rustad@usace.army.mil 


Natural Resource Volunteer:
Dates: April 01, 2017 through October 31, 2017

The primary duty of a Natural Resource Volunteer is to help improve overall park aesthetics by performing/assisting in day to day and seasonal management activities, while promoting native landscape species. Volunteers must be willing to work in all weather conditions and have an underlying knowledge of landscape/park maintenance. Knowledge of pruning methods, tree care and use of chemicals is preferred, but training is available. Hosts shall provide an average of 21 hours of volunteer service per week and may serve the entire recreation season April through October. The volunteer will work on established weekdays between the hours of 7 am and 4 pm. The volunteer may be required to lift up to 40 lbs. and operate tools such as a spin-line trimmer, ATV, chainsaw, pruners, pole saw, backpack sprayer, or other tools. All tools will be provided by the government and volunteers may operate a government vehicle while performing official duties. Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and are responsible for ensuring that their personal insurance will cover any/all expenses acquired in the event of an accident in a government vehicle.

For more information on volunteering at Saylorville Lake visit web site: http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/SaylorvilleLake/WorkingforUs.aspx.

Volunteers selected for this position who wish to receive camping in return for volunteer service will be provided an assigned campsite with water, electric and sewer normally located in Sandpiper Volunteer Campground.
(Updated 09/30/2016)
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Clinton Lake Project Office: 
Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Kipp Walters
872 North 1402 Road
Lawrence, KS 66049
(785) 843-7665
Fax: (785) 843-4360
kipp.j.walters@usace.army.mil


Campground Maintenance:
Dates: April 01, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Volunteer will perform various light duty maintenance work to include: painting, staining; light carpentry work (repair/replace rotted or damaged boards on privies, shelters, picnic tables, etc.); replace screens in park restrooms and shower facilities; pruning, weeding flowerbeds, planting and watering trees/shrubs; etc.

Volunteer will be provided with a full service site.
(Updated 08/31/2016)
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Council Grove Lake:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Mieko G. Alley
945 Lake Road
Council Grove, KS 66846
(620) 767-5195 Ext: 8214
Fax: (620) 767-6919
mieko.g.alley@usace.army.mil


Campground Improvement Projects/Interpretive Programming/General Maintenance of Facilities:
Date: April 01, 2017 through October 31, 2017

T
oes in the water, rear in the sand. Not a worry in the world, a paintbrush in your hand!

Several volunteer positions are available. This is a great opportunity for couples or individuals who are interested in making a difference in the Council Grove community. We are looking for volunteers to work on campground improvement projects, interpretive programming, and general maintenance of facilities.

Tasks include but are not limited to: Presenting water safety and environmental education programming, trimming trees, maintaining gardens, litter pickup, or other tasks such as general carpentry, concrete, or painting. Responsibilities may be assigned according to demonstrated skills and experience. Appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will be supplied. Volunteers should have strong leadership skills and be able to effectively communicate with staff.

In return for a free full service campsite, volunteer must provide a minimum of 20 hours per week of service performing the above tasks.
(Listed 09/27/2016)
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Fall River Lake:
   Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Jesse C. Busenbarrick
2453 Lake Road
Fall River, KS 67047-0037
(620) 658-4445
Fax: (620) 658-4919
jesse.c.busenbarrick@usace.army.mil


Park Camp Host & Maintenance/North Rock Ridge:
Dates: March 01, 2017 through November 30, 2017

Fall River Lake, North Rock Ridge, Fall River, Kansas, North Rock Ridge is a small campground with 44 campsites. The camp host will have 2 major duties:  visitor assistance and facility maintenance. As an important part of the lakes visitor assistance program the volunteer will welcome all visitors and provide fee, rule and regulation, and other general information.  The volunteer will monitor park activities and will contact the park ranger if a problem is observed. Facility maintenance will include cleaning the toilet building in the park and insuring that supplies are kept stocked in this facility.  Other duties will include roadside litter pickup, cleaning of fire rings, and watering and maintaining flowerbeds. Volunteers will be provided with all required administrative supplies, radios, cleaning supplies, and other tools.  Volunteer periods for a shorter length of time than shown above will be considered although 60 days is considered a minimum.

Volunteer will be provided with a full service site including a storage shed.
  
(Updated 11/30/2016)
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Hillsdale Lake - Click here for more lake information 
Contact:
Jim Bell
26000 West 255th Street
Paola, KS 66071
(913) 783-4366
Fax: (913) 783-4425
James.D.Bell@usace.army.mil 


Visitor Center Operation:
Dates: April 01, 2017 through September 30, 2017

The time maybe adjustable for 24 hour per week per couple; Operate Visitor Center on weekends, light maintenance work such as watering, weeding, painting, filing, bulletin board updates, pruning, cleaning, and other light task. Prospective volunteers will receive an information packet with a map of the local area, the lake, and photos of the RV campsite.  The campsite is isolated on a secure road. Volunteers are located alone within walking distance of the Visitor Center. There is a great fishing lake, just 30 minutes from Kansas City.

Volunteer will receive RV Campsite with full hookup, 50 Amp service, water and sewer.  
(Updated 08/31/2016)
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Winter Volunteers:
Dates: January 01, 2018 through March 31, 2018

Volunteers will work in the office answering phones, filing, and will assist with moving snow and completing light maintenance work such as tree and trail work. 

Volunteer will receive RV Campsite with full hookup, 50 Amp service, water and sewer.
(Updated 02/24/2017)
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John Redmond Lake Office:  Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Jeremy J. Schoonover
Gary A. Kepley
1565 Embankment Road SW
Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-8614
Fax: (620) 364-8919
jeremy.j.schoonover@usace.army.mil or
gary.a.kepley@usace.army.mil


Maintenance:

Dates: April 05, 2017 through November 30, 2017

Opportunity Description: Volunteer positions are currently available for couples or individuals willing to assist with park improvements and general maintenance of facilities. The time-span is flexible, but prefer a minimum commitment of 3 months. Tasks include but not limited to grubbing, trimming and watering established trees, planting new trees, litter pickup throughout the parks and small debris pickup on the shoreline, installing or repairing signs, boundary fences, trails, or other tasks such as general carpentry, concrete, electrical, plumbing, or painting. Responsibilities may be assigned according to demonstrated skills and experience. Appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will be supplied. Volunteers will need good leadership skills and be able to effectively communicate with staff.  Volunteers will work under the direct supervision and generally alongside Ranger and Maintenance staff.

Special Skills Needed: Positive attitude and outgoing personalities along with the desire to work as part of a team to reach our goals and "Make a Difference".

We offer a campsite with electric and water in exchange for approximately 20 hours per week.
(Updated 11/30/2016)
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Kanopolis Lake - Click here for more lake information
Contact:
Brock A. DeLong
105 Riverside Drive
Marquette KS 67464
(785) 546-2294
brock.a.delong@usace.army.mil 


Park Host/Water Safety:
Dates: May 01, 2017 through September 30, 2017 

Park Host will have duties with visitor assistance and water safety. Duties include assisting campers by providing lake information and distributing Title 36, Lake Maps, and Water Safety Material. Volunteers may also staff the Visitor Center during peak hours and provide information to visitors in person and over the phone. Volunteers will update/maintain the existing bulletin boards by adding new material and making minor structural repairs. The volunteers will also perform courtesy vessel inspections at boat ramps and assist the Ranger staff with on the water vessel inspections. Volunteers will take photographs of visitors and wildlife, and may be asked by the staff to assist with various light duty tasks. 
(Updated 08/31/2016)
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Park Maintenance:
Dates: May 01, 2017 through September 30, 2017

Volunteers will perform various light duty maintenance work to include: painting, staining, light carpentry work (repair/replace rotted or damaged boards on bulletin boards and picnic tables). Minor landscaping to include: pruning, weeding flowerbeds, planting and watering trees/shrubs, etc.  Maintain existing trails by removing litter and encroaching vegetation using hand tools such as shovels, rakes, loppers, and handsaws. Some duties will be performed alone or with the Maintenance or Ranger staff. Volunteers will be provided with all required supplies and tools to complete the assigned jobs. Position is on a 90-day trial with an extension if work is completed at a satisfactory level. Length of stay is not to exceed September 30, 2017.

Volunteers are required to provide 20 hours of week service for a full service campsite, which includes 50 amp