Picacho Peak Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers and staff performing trail maintenance on the Hunter Trail.
Picacho Peak State Park offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Local and/or On-site volunteers are needed as campground hosts, to staff the visitor center and to help out with various maintenance projects throughout the year.
Positions are available intermittently. On-site volunteers are needed as campground hosts/maintenance between October and April. On-site volunteers need to bring their own lodging, park housing will not be provided. Visitor center/gift shop volunteers and maintenance volunteers are needed throughout the year and could be on-site or local.
Review our list of positions and contact the Volunteer Coordinator with any questions or concerns.
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The park relies very heavily on the assistance of volunteers to help supplement the ranger staff during the park’s busy season. Volunteers are often the initial point of contact for park visitors and have the opportunity to significantly enhance their experience in the park. To make the relationship mutually beneficial for both the volunteer and the park, all volunteers should have a professional work attitude, be people-oriented, friendly, and open to acquiring new skills. Volunteers will receive training for their respective positions as needed, including but not limited to a Park orientation, Park history, Arizona State Parks mandated training classes for volunteers, 2-way radio procedures, cash register operation, and use of hand and power tools. Volunteers may be asked to operate park vehicles and must have a valid drivers license.
On-site volunteers are required to work a minimum of 20 hours/week per person to be provided a campsite. Shifts usually consist of five, 4-hour shifts per week/person, with couples scheduled the same two days off. On-site volunteers receive a free full hook-up site. Wifi is available in the campground for a small fee. The Volunteer Coordinator (VC) will set specific duty hours and assignments. The VC will approve any changes to duty schedules. All duties are subject to change at any time due to season and park needs. Volunteers will be provided volunteer t-shirts, hats, and lightweight jackets as uniforms.
Picacho Peak State Park volunteers have the opportunity to work side by side with the ranger staff and are invited to participate in evening get-togethers. The following positions become available on an intermittent basis, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for current openings:
Campground Host’s primary responsibility is to maintain the park’s campground. This includes assisting the park’s camping visitors, maintaining campsites, providing information, and communicating park rules and regulations (not enforcing them), etc. Campground Hosts are to be observant for activities that require Ranger involvement, such as enforcement issues or medical situations, and to notify necessary staff when the occasion arises. Hosts are required to take care of the two restroom/shower buildings located in the campground (daily chores include sweeping and mopping floors, clean showers and toilets, wipe down mirrors and sinks, and toilet paper refills.) Hosts need to make constant rounds through the campground to maintain sites (raking, removing trip hazards, cleaning fire grills, and litter pickup) along with keeping office personnel up to date on availability of campsites. When campground duties are caught up, the hosts often assist Rangers and other volunteers with additional maintenance projects and duties throughout the park. Camp hosts will operate park vehicles and must have a valid drivers license.
Visitor Center Volunteer’s primary job is to carry out the operations of the Visitor Center. These duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, taking group reservations, collecting fees, providing park and area information, gift shop support, etc. Volunteers will need to know basic park history and trail information to answer visitor questions. All information will be provided. Volunteers normally operate on two 4-hour shifts. First (1st) shift is morning hours. Second (2nd) shift is afternoon hours. Third (3rd) shift will occasionally be used midday, during the busiest days of peak season. Visitor Center volunteers must be willing and able to operate a computerized cash register, use web-based campground reservation software (training for both will be provided), and handle public monies.
Maintenance Service Volunteers will assist the park staff with general maintenance and small construction projects. Examples include daily park upkeep, trail work, painting, plumbing, weeding, or other projects as designated by the VC. Volunteers will not be asked to work on projects that are beyond their level of knowledge or ability. All maintenance volunteers will be operating park vehicles and must have a valid drivers license. Experience with a variety of hand and power tools is preferred, but not a requirement.
Carolin Grund Miller, Park Ranger
phone: (520) 466-3183
Feel free to ask any ranger about Volunteering when you call!
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