• Kelso Mountain

    Mojave

    National Preserve California

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  • Portable toilets at Kelso Depot Visitor Center

    The water system at Kelso is shut down due to problems with the storage tank. Portable toilets are available; bottled water is available for purchase. Campers note-you won't be able to fill water bottles at Kelso until the system is repaired.

  • Telephone at Kelso Depot is not working

    Kelso Depot Visitor Center telephone, 760 252-6108, is not working. For information on weekdays, call 760 252-6100. On Saturday, try calling 760 252-6104.

  • Kelso Depot Visitor Center hours

    Kelso Depot Visitor Center is open Fridays through Tuesdays from 9 am to 5 pm, closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Beanery Lunch Counter is closed.

Volunteer

Volunteers-In-Parks

Through volunteering at Mojave National Preserve, enthusiastic individuals or couples can become involved in a wide variety of activities and projects. Because Mojave is not near large population centers, most volunteers stay for two to three months or longer. Opportunities for local and weekend applicants are available in Barstow and Baker, California.

Typical volunteer positions include:

  • Working as campground hosts.
  • Staffing visitor center information desks, writing articles and taking photos for newspapers and brochures.
  • Assisting in routine repairs and upkeep to buildings, utilities, and trails.
  • Assisting with wildlife camera monitoring projects, spring surveys, cultural resource assessments, exotic weed identification and removal, litter removal, installing wilderness boundary markers, and documenting backcountry campsite locations.

Housing options for volunteers working 30 hours (typically four days-per week):

  • Dry, partial hook-up, or full hook-up campsites. The park pays propane costs for campers in dry or partial hook-up campsites.
  • Shared co-ed housing in a dormitory or shared house is sometimes available.

Uniforms
Shirts, jackets, and hats provided.

Reimbursements
$3 per day out-of-pocket reimbursement (tax-free), plus incentive awards based on the number of volunteer hours donated.

Living at Mojave
Traveling to town for groceries or medical appointments is a two to three hour round-trip journey. There are no stores, gas stations, motels, or other services in the park. But for those able to make that commitment, we offer wide open spaces, few signs of civilization, friendly park staff, spectacular night skies often filled with coyote song, and a variety of work that will keep you busy and fulfilled.

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Did You Know?

photo of rattlesnake

The venom of the Mojave rattlesnake is extremely toxic and causes more respiratory distress than that of any other North American rattlesnake. Due to its unique hue, it is known locally as the Mojave green.