Camp Elden Volunteer Project

 

Camp Elden Volunteer Program in Beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona

We are looking for self-motivated, energetic people with a strong volunteer work ethic. Many diverse skills are needed!

The Camp Elden Volunteer Program is designed as a “full-time” volunteer program to help support the Recreation and Facilities Departments on the Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest in Flagstaff, Arizona. A Forest Service employee supervises all positions listed, and all positions work with a mix of Forest Service employees and other volunteers. All positions require people who are self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, and the ability to work in teams of 2 or more people. 

This program is geared to people who have their own recreational vehicle, fifth-wheel, or camper to live in, as Camp Elden is comprised of 13 campsites at the Flagstaff Ranger Station with full hook-ups. The program allows for pairs and singles to work for a minimum of 3 months up to a maximum of 7 months for free utilities (water, sewer, electric and propane) and one of the 13 spaces. Singles in a site must work a minimum of 24 hours per week and pairs at a site must work a minimum of 36 hours per week (even if only one person volunteers).

Paul Dawson, Volunteer Coordinator
Flagstaff Ranger District
5075 N US Hwy 89
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

928-527-8213
Email:

 

Volunteer Job Descriptions for Camp Elden Volunteers

Volunteer Program Goal: The Flagstaff Ranger District will have a volunteer program that is manageable, efficient and does not exceed the District’s capacity to supervise effectively.

 

Trails and Wilderness

Position description: Assist the Recreation Program in moderate trail maintenance, recon patrols, and visitor contact/education on the Flagstaff Center trails and trailheads. Duties include but are not limited to: driving to trailheads on paved and rugged gravel roads occasionally towing a utility/horse trailer; hiking in the general forest area (including the urban interface) and in designated wilderness; making visitor contacts to answer questions and educate forest users about the area; install and maintain appropriate signs; encourage visitors to practice Leave No Trace techniques; maintain the trail registers; perform maintenance at trailhead facilities; perform light to moderate maintenance on trails; report conditions, visitor numbers, problems and daily activities to the designated supervisor. The volunteer will always have a professional, courteous and helpful attitude when dealing with all members of the public, fellow volunteers and Forest Service employees. The volunteer will be trained in and adhere to all Forest Service Safety and Customer Service Procedures. This position requires a uniform, which will be provided to you at no cost.

Required skills and abilities:

  • Read and speak English well
  • Good communication skills with visitors and co-workers
  • Positive, helpful and friendly attitude
  • Good hearing for interacting in face-to-face contacts
  • Ability to drive on gravel, dirt and paved roads in all weather conditions for several hours
  • Ability to dig holes and repair wood and wire fencing
  • Hike and horseback ride 8 to 15 miles a day on rugged terrain
  • Lift 35 to 80 pounds to shoulder level (example: saddles, packs, tools, logs, etc.)
  • Good communication skills with visitors and co-workers
  • Able to do a variety of tasks using common tools (i.e. fence repair, digging, installing signs and posts, bucking up downed trees with cross-cut saw, shoveling manure, etc.)
  • A valid drivers license and good driving record

Other helpful (not required) skills and abilities:

  • Area familiarity
  • Familiar with the Leave No Trace Program
  • Current Commercial Drivers License (CDL)
  • Speak and/or read other languages (esp. Hopi, Navajo, Spanish, American Sign Language)

 

Front Desk and Office Assistance

Position description: Assist the Front Desk/Customer Service staff in daily operations of the front desk. This includes but is not limited to: answering phones, answering questions from walk-in visitors, making copies, taking messages for district personnel, selling books, maps and other items, using a cash register, stocking brochures, etc. Assist the District staff in daily office tasks. This includes but is not limited to: making copies; filing; typing using computer and Word, Excel Spreadsheets, etc.; faxing; data entry for field data collected by others; etc. The volunteer will always present a neat, professional appearance and wear appropriate uniform components and name plate while working in the public eye and on official duty. The volunteer will always have a professional, courteous and helpful attitude when dealing with all members of the public, fellow volunteers and Forest Service employees. The volunteer will be trained in and adhere to all Forest Service Safety and Customer Service Procedures. This position requires a uniform, which will be provided to you at no cost.

Required skills and abilities:

  • Read and speak English well
  • Good communication skills with visitors and co-workers
  • Positive, helpful and friendly attitude
  • Good hearing for answering phones and interacting in face-to-face contacts
  • Always have a neat, professional appearance
  • Standing and sitting for long periods
  • Light to moderate lifting, bending and pulling as with filing drawers, or lifting boxes of books, etc.

Other helpful (not required) skills and abilities:

  • Speak and/or read other languages (esp. Hopi, Navajo, Spanish) including American Sign Language
  • Local area familiarity
  • Educator, interpreter, cashier/reception background
  • Office worker experience such as file clerk, secretary, etc.
  • Proficient with various computer programs used in office setting

 

Interpretation/Environmental Education Services

Position description: This position is part of a very special partnership with the National Park Service and the Forest Service, which allows the volunteer to work with employees of both agencies and present summer education programs at the Arizona Snowbowl (Sky Ride) and campgrounds on the Coconino National Forest as well as the local National Monuments. The volunteer will assist the Interpretive Staff in the daily operations of the environmental education program. This includes but is not limited to: developing and presenting professional interpretive programs to the visiting public; taking visitors on short, high elevation hikes and answering questions about the local area; teaching Leave No Trace principles; putting on programs for schools and other groups upon request; assist in the care and maintenance of any vehicles used for to perform duties. The volunteer will always present a neat, professional appearance and wear appropriate uniform components and name plate while working in the public eye and on official duty. This position requires a uniform, which will be provided to you at no cost. The volunteer will always have a professional, courteous and helpful attitude when dealing with all members of the public, fellow volunteers and agency employees. The volunteer will be trained in and adhere to all Forest Service Safety and Customer Service Procedures. This position occasionally requires presenting programs after dark and driving at night.

Required skills and abilities:

  • Read and speak English well
  • Good communication skills with customers and co-workers
  • Positive, helpful and friendly attitude
  • Basic familiarity with natural resources and ecology
  • Good hearing for interacting in face-to-face contacts
  • Always have a neat, professional appearance
  • Standing and sitting for long periods
  • Hiking/walking in rough terrain at elevations ranging from 4,000’ to 11,500’ for 6-8 hours (must be in very good to excellent physical condition) in inclement weather (wind, sleet, snow, cold, heat) up to 5 miles
  • Not fearful of public speaking
  • A valid drivers license and good driving record

Other helpful (not required) skills and abilities:

  • Speak and/or read other languages (esp. Hopi, Navajo, Spanish) including American Sign Language
  • Area familiarity (especially in the areas of recreation, flora, fauna, geology and local services)
  • Educator background
  • Familiar with the Leave No Trace Program
  • Previous experience developing and presenting interpretive programs

 

Wood Shop: Sign/Kiosk Construction

Position description: Assist the Recreation and Facilities Programs with the making or refurbishing of signs, and occasionally other wooden structures such as kiosks, cabinets, decking, stairs, etc. Duties include use of power tools to cut, route, sand and drill wood, paint and otherwise treat wood for weather and appearance, take down and install signs in the field using hand/power/cordless tools. The volunteer will always have a professional, courteous and helpful attitude when dealing with all members of the public, fellow volunteers and Forest Service employees. The volunteer will be trained in and adhere to all Forest Service Safety and Customer Service Procedures.

Required skills and abilities:

  • Standing and sitting for long periods
  • Light to moderate lifting, 15 to 40 pounds
  • Not adversely effected by dust, loud noise, paint and chemical fumes
  • Familiar with common power tools such as router, table saw, etc.

Other helpful (not required) skills and abilities:

  • High skill level in use of common power tools such as router, table saw, etc.
  • Woodworking, carpentry, or sign maker background

 

Administrative and Recreation Facilities Maintenance

Position description: Assist the Facilities and Recreation Programs with the operation and maintenance of Forest Service facilities and small structures. This includes but is not limited to: cabin maintenance, building sheds/shelves/cabinets, plumbing, refinishing logs, glazing windows, roofing, painting/staining, welding, grounds work (digging, mowing, watering, planting, seeding), building/refurbishing picnic tables, repairing toilets and kiosks, tracking work and reporting to the designated supervisor; assist in the care and maintenance of any vehicles used for to perform duties; etc. The volunteer will always have a professional, courteous and helpful attitude when dealing with all members of the public, fellow volunteers and Forest Service employees. The volunteer will be trained in and adhere to all Forest Service Safety and Customer Service Procedures.

Required skills and abilities:

  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Moderate to heavy lifting, 25-50 lbs
  • Not adversely effected by dust, loud noise, paint and chemical fumes
  • Skilled with common hand and power tools
  • Skilled handy-person knowledge and abilities
  • A valid driver’s license and good driving record

Other helpful (not required) skills and abilities:

  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)/heavy equipment operations and able to operate a Bobcat, Backhoe, Dump Truck, pull equipment hauling trailers, etc.
  • Highly skilled as electrician, carpenter or plumber (currently certified or had been recently)

 

Trailhead Patrol and Forest Clean-up

Position description: Assist the Recreation Program in patrolling and maintaining National Forest trailheads. Duties include but are not limited to: driving to several trailheads in a day on paved and rugged gravel roads; making visitor contacts to answer questions; educate recreationists about the area; install and maintain appropriate signs and kiosks; encourage visitors to practice Leave No Trace techniques; maintain the trail register boxes and forms; perform maintenance at trailhead facilities; clean-up trash around the trailheads, clean toilets along patrol route, dispersed campsites and other forest areas; report conditions, visitor numbers, problems and daily activities to, the supervisor; assist in the care and maintenance of any vehicles used for to perform duties. The volunteer will always have a professional, courteous and helpful attitude when dealing with all members of the public, fellow volunteers and Forest Service employees. The volunteer will be trained in and adhere to all Forest Service Safety and Customer Service Procedures. This position requires a uniform, which will be provided to you at no cost.

Required skills and abilities:

  • Read and speak English well
  • Good communication skills with visitors and co-workers
  • Positive, helpful and friendly attitude
  • Always have a neat, professional appearance
  • Good hearing for interacting in face-to-face contact
  • Frequent bending/stooping and Light to moderate lifting, 10-50 pounds
  • A valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Ability to drive on gravel, dirt and paved roads in all weather conditions for several hours
  • Ability to alternate standing, sitting and light walking throughout the day for several hours
  • Ability to hike 1-3 miles in high elevation, uneven terrain
  • Ability to dig holes and repair wood fencing
  • Ability to paint and maintain trailhead kiosks

Other helpful skills and abilities:

  • Speak and/or read other languages (esp. Hopi, Navajo, Spanish, American Sign Language)
  • Area familiarity
  • Educator background
  • Familiarity with the Leave No Trace Program

 

Grounds Maintenance and Recreation Rental Cabin Cleaning

Position description: Assist the Recreation Program and the Districts in maintaining the Ranger Station grounds and the grounds of the two recreation rental cabins as well as cleaning one of the cabins once a week. Duties include but are not limited to the following: mowing with push mower and riding mower; pulling and digging up weeds; applying common over-the-counter fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides; clipping/trimming trees and shrubs; planting trees, shrubs, and other plants; digging with a variety of tools; raking gravel; maintaining automatic sprinkler systems; hand watering; wood, wire, and steel fence maintenance; occasional painting; use of a variety of common gardening tools, hand tools and some power and gas operated tools such as mowers and weed whackers; mopping; standard house cleaning such as dusting, broom sweeping, scrubbing showers/toilets/sinks, washing windows and surfaces; beating mattresses; laundry; mouse traps; assist in the care and maintenance of any vehicles used for to perform duties; etc. The volunteer will always have a professional, courteous and helpful attitude when dealing with all members of the public, fellow volunteers and Forest Service employees. The volunteer will be trained in and adhere to all Forest Service Safety and Customer Service Procedures.

Required skills and abilities:

  • Standing for long periods
  • Light to moderate lifting, 15 to 40 pounds
  • Able to work primarily outdoors in sun, wind and dry climate with cool morning and evening temperatures and hot daytime temps
  • Not adversely effected by dust, loud noise, paint and chemical fumes
  • Familiar with common tools.
  • Familiarity with common plants and gardening techniques.
  • A valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Ability to drive on gravel, dirt and paved roads in all weather conditions for a few hours at a time
  • An eye for aesthetics and attention to detail

Other helpful (not required) skills and abilities:

  • High skill level in use of common tools and some specialty tools
  • High level of gardening/landscaping skills

 

Recreation Field Maintenance

Position description: Assist the Recreation and Facilities Programs: the installation and/or removal of signs and other wooden structures such as kiosks around the forest; painting signs, kiosks, restrooms, picnic tables, fences, sheds, etc. at recreation sites. Duties include but are not limited to: use of power tools to cut, route, sand and drill wood; take down and install signs in the field using hand/power/cordless tools; painting preparation such as washing and scraping; protecting ground and other surfaces from paint splatter with the use of ground cloths, painter’s tape, etc.; painting with brushes, rollers, spray cans, etc.; cleanup of site and equipment; cleaning toilets and removing trash in recreation sites; assist in the care and maintenance of any vehicles used for to perform duties. The volunteer will always have a professional, courteous and helpful attitude when dealing with all members of the public, fellow volunteers and Forest Service employees. The volunteer will be trained in and adhere to all Forest Service Safety and Customer Service Procedures.

Required skills and abilities:

  • Standing and sitting for long periods
  • Light to moderate lifting, 15 to 50 pounds
  • Not adversely effected by dust, loud noise, paint and chemical fumes
  • Familiar with common power tools.
  • A valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Ability to drive on gravel, dirt and paved roads in all weather conditions for a few hours at a time, occasionally towing a utility trailer

Other helpful (not required) skills and abilities:

  • High skill level in use of common power tools such as router, table saw, etc.
  • Woodworking or sign maker background
  • Professional painting experience

 

Notes and Considerations

Volunteers are selected on a variety of factors. Experience is preferred but not required. We understand that a major draw for Volunteers is to learn new skills, see new places and meet new people. Do not let any perceived shortcoming in experience ever deter you from applying for a volunteer position in the Forest Service. After all, variety is the spice of life.

At the Flagstaff Ranger District we provide an annual Spring Orientation for volunteers, and employees, where we provide everyone with a good overview of the Forest Service and our expectations. The supervisor for each department will further train volunteers in their individual jobs (and some volunteers train us in new skills). Other special training opportunities occasionally occur through the field season. We demand that all volunteers stay committed to a safe and enjoyable experience when they sign up with us.



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