Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program
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Positions - 2012
WINTER CAMP CARETAKER/HOST
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WINTER CAMP CARETAKER/HOST (1 fulltime volunteer position)
Park/Area: STARRIGAVAN RECREATION AREA, SITKA,
Enjoy and experience a winter volunteering in Southeast Alaska. Live in a quaint cabin 7 miles from Sitka, Alaska. Sitka is located in the panhandle of islands adjacent to the British Columbia coast and is only accessible by air or boat.
The Starrigavan Recreation Area is a joint management venture between the USDA Forest Service and Alaska State Parks. The recreation area offers 2 ¼ miles of loop trails adjacent to 34 campsites, 1 public recreation log cabin and 6 picnic sites with the recreation area (slightly more than ½ mile in length) receiving a phenomenal amount of day use activity in the fall and winter season. Interact with campers, hikers, artesian well users, dog walkers, health walkers and other recreation area users.
Main Tasks: Live within recreation area providing a Forest Service presence; assist in deterring criminal mischief and vandalism of facility; contact Forest Service staff or appropriate authorities in case of problems or emergencies; monitor need for light maintenance needs at host cabin; meet and greet visitors; daily monitor water system, facility use and keep appropriate records; monitor and post incoming camping reservations; check in/out reservations for log cabin, stock log cabin with split firewood; collect and process camping/log cabin fees; light maintenance includes cleaning fire rings, restrooms, campsites, log cabin after each use; removing leaf litter from boardwalk trail in fall (gas powered leaf blower provided) within the recreation area; open and close access gates daily in daylight hours when there is no snow; provide own snow removal at host cabin with government provided Kubota RTV (previous ATV experience required) or manually remove snow with a push shovel. Snowfall begins about mid November at which time daily duties are done via walking over packed snow on the access road ¼ mile to monitor water system, stock firewood for log cabin (multiple times a week), check on log cabin and monitor for any emergency maintenance needs; plow or remove snow in host cabin parking lot and on host cabin access driveway as it falls which can take anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on method of snow removal used.
Required Skills: Full time volunteer position; Retirees preferred, individuals only; 6 month commitment; valid driver’s license; good health and physical condition; capable of following directions and work independently to provide general grounds upkeep; good observation skills; experience operating gas powered equipment; good speaking skills and enthusiasm for working positively with the public; basic office and computer skills or be eager to learn quickly.
Desired Skills: Experience with gas powered equipment; Experience operating any of the following: ATV/UTV/riding power equipment; outdoor winter enthusiast; comfortable living alone remotely (7 miles from Sitka) during shortest days of the year (6 hours daylight December and January)
Internship: Field experience only, not an intern position.
Housing: Volunteer lives in a small cabin (1 bedroom, kitchen/living/office area, bath and laundry) within the recreation area with all utilities furnished. Oil heat, electrical lights, phone (local calls only); indoor plumbing; other amenities available; requires conservative use of cabin water system. Adults and non-smokers only; no pets.
Allowance: Negotiated travel payment or reimbursement on Alaska Marine Highway to and from Sitka for self and vehicle 19 feet or less. Daily/monthly reimbursement provided.
Time Commitment: 6.5 months, Late September through early April.
Note: Personal vehicle needed for transportation. Applications accepted through July 1st or until filled. State Park application may be used to apply for this position.
Send Application to: Attn: Sandy Russell, Starrigavan Recreation Area Manager
Service, Sitka Ranger District
phone: (907) 7747-4216