Volunteer Opportunities and Interships
How would you like to spend your summer here?
Gateway National Recreation Area is accepting campground host applications for June, July and August 2012. Campgrounds are located in Sandy Hook, and Jamaica Bay Unit of the Park. We are looking for positive people and positive time commitments. Volunteers do not need to commit to the entire summer.
In addition to Gateway National Recreation Area's abundant natural resource all three units trace the rich history of the nation and harbor. Historic forts, former airports, recreation areas and America's oldest operating lighthouse tell fascinating stories of defense, aviation firsts, navigational safety and healthy living.
The position of Campground Host is under the supervision of the Division of Operations at Gateway National Recreation Area. The Operations Division is responsible for the day to day operations and safety of the staff, visitors, natural and cultural resources within the Park boundaries. The Lead Visitor Use Assistant is the Campground Host's direct Supervisor. Campground Hosts, are a visible and identifiable representatives of Gateway National Recreation Area. When responding to questions and rendering assistance to the public the Campground Host displays a positive, courteous, and helpful demeanor. You are expected to maintain a groomed appearance, wear a volunteer uniform, name tag, and cap (all provided) when working with visitors.
Housing: A tent site with no hook-ups available will be provided. Water is provided at a spigot in the campground. Restrooms with sinks and flush toilets are within the campground. Outdoor showers are provided at the beach centers. Indoor showers will be available to the Campground Host at a facility within the park. Volunteers are required to work 32 hours per week in exchange for free space to live. Cellphones and other devices will be charged in the office.
Required Shifts: Weekend, holiday, and some evening work may be required.
Reimbursement of Expenses: Our budget does not allow us to reimburse for expenses.
Did You Know?
The first transatlantic flight departed from the Rockaway Naval Air Station on Jamaica Bay in 1919. Today, it is the site of Gateway NRA's Jacob Riis Park.