Jump to content

Volunteering needed For Army Corps of Engineers park


trike12

Recommended Posts

The USACE does have volunteer positions but who would volunteer to clean toilets. We are Park Attendants, a paid position and there are also paid positions for a cleaning crew that cleans the bathrooms and the campsites.

Not all the Corp projects are the same and some districts may do it different.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I would and have volunteered to clean toilets as part of the volunteer position. It is just honest labor to me and a lot of folks are real appreciative of my efforts. On some occaissions I would rather deal with the toilet than the individual jackass you can run across. (no offense to an actual jackass meant)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Same here bigjim!! My wife and I take great pride in whatever the job calls for...cleaning the toilets or helping with the front office, makes no difference. Well worth being able to stay in a beautiful State park with all the benefits afforded. If I had misgivings or thought the work was not worth the benefits we were receiving I would have not accepted the assignment. That's the beauty of the full time lifestyle...it's your choice...and it doesn't get much better than that!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The time I volunteered with the COE most of the sites were working for the contractor but I was a volunteer at an entry point for a picnic area and a busy boat ramp. I sold launch fee tickets and one of the federal passes but not all for some reason. I did have to be bonded at the COE expense. I noticed now they are seeking way more volunteers than they did in the past and the requirements are more. I was just on the volunteer.gov site a little bit ago and I noticed 2 places I had volunteered in the past are requiring a lot more hours. One was 24 hrs when I was there in summer 2005 and now they want 40 hrs week. I had considered going back but not for a regular 40 hours. Oddly enough when I was there a volunteer did not show up and on my own I worked 2 months straight with no days off but usually only about 2 hrs per day exept for Friday and Sat which would be about 5hours on Fri. and 3-4 on Sat. I still had lots of time to do the touring as the 2 hours was variable in late afternoon or early evening.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Kirk, they still have to be bonded. but since they are volunteers the Corps pays for the bond. I am not sure how many hours I think it depends on how many host couples they have. I know in the past they have had 3 couples and let them work it out themselves. Like 3 days on and 6 days off. It is the same for the bathroom cleaners. There are a lot of campers that would rather clean bathrooms than be a gate host and they do a great job at it. There are a couple of positions where all they do is open and close the gate in the morning and evening..

They have been using volunteers here for a little over a year with great success.

 

Steve & Cathy

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Could be that there has been difficulty in finding people to bid the jobs. The COE parks we have volunteered at were all in the Ft. Worth District, except Council Grove Lake. Some of those were struggling to find attendants too. All of them used outside contractors for the RR cleaning and I think the same contractor also did the group areas. We did maintenance work, lots of tree trimming and some painting, some tractor operation. We did fill in on a gate at a day-use park once where the contractor had left due to health problems but the ranger signed us in and out as we really were not authorized. Not sure that I'd want to do gate attendant and I know that I wouldn't with fewer than 3 couples. Too long days and too tied down. At least the RR cleaners are finished once the job is done.

 

We have always looked for volunteer spots with more varied work and prefer those that are mostly interpretative positions. I wonder if we will see more of the COE attendant positions going to volunteers? Do the volunteers have a 6 month tour like bid workers?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Interesting. When we were volunteering with the COE they didn't let a volunteer man the gates, as I think that they had to be bonded. Do they use any of the contract gate attendants there? What sort of hours do the volunteer attendants put in?

This Corps District does not use contract gate attendants. I am one right now. We are all bonded and the Corps pays for it. Our work schedule is 3 days on 6 days off, but can change depending on if a volunteer has to leave early and they don't have a replacement on site immediately. I was at a different park this time last year, but the same Corps District and it was the same as this year.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Could be that there has been difficulty in finding people to bid the jobs. The COE parks we have volunteered at were all in the Ft. Worth District, except Council Grove Lake. Some of those were struggling to find attendants too. All of them used outside contractors for the RR cleaning and I think the same contractor also did the group areas. We did maintenance work, lots of tree trimming and some painting, some tractor operation. We did fill in on a gate at a day-use park once where the contractor had left due to health problems but the ranger signed us in and out as we really were not authorized. Not sure that I'd want to do gate attendant and I know that I wouldn't with fewer than 3 couples. Too long days and too tied down. At least the RR cleaners are finished once the job is done.

 

We have always looked for volunteer spots with more varied work and prefer those that are mostly interpretative positions. I wonder if we will see more of the COE attendant positions going to volunteers? Do the volunteers have a 6 month tour like bid workers?

This Corps District wants a minimum of 3 months and will gladly keep you on longer if you can. They have two different volunteer jobs, gatehouse and grounds. Both work the same 3 on 6 off schedule. When on gatehouse you transfer the incoming phone to your cell and you don't have to be in the gatehouse.

 

Ranger Ann mentioned in the OP is super as are the other Rangers in this District.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Interesting. When we were volunteering with the COE they didn't let a volunteer man the gates, as I think that they had to be bonded. Do they use any of the contract gate attendants there? What sort of hours do the volunteer attendants put in?

We were volunteers and fee takers for a COE lake and were bonded.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

We are volunteers at a COE in central Alabama and it is a quite park this time of year. My frustration is they want us to clean the 46 camp sites, empty the 38 garbage cans through out the park, and monitor the boat ramp which is 2 miles away. They don't supply any transportation for this and I have a issue using my truck to haul the parks stinky drippy garbage. This should be a paid position if I'm required to provide my own equipment. The former host used their personal golf cart.

 

Greg

 

(update, there is another host here and we also look for extra work, just limited in equipment)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Wow!!! I agree, that should be a paid position or at least another host to split the duties...the State Park we are at is just the opposite...they insist we use their vehicles (gator or trucks) each host has about 15 sites to look after (one loop) and one small bathroom to keep clean and stocked...we have to look for things to do to try and add hours. Very easy gig...we are short at least two or three hosts right now and the rangers came by yesterday and told us to not worry about the other bathrooms and sites, they would take care of those!! Great people to work for!!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

We are volunteers at a COE in central Alabama and it is a quite park this time of year. My frustration is they want us to clean the 46 camp sites, empty the 38 garbage cans through out the park, and monitor the boat ramp which is 2 miles away. They don't supply any transportation for this and I have a issue using my truck to haul the parks stinky drippy garbage. This should be a paid position if I'm required to provide my own equipment. The former host used their personal golf cart.

 

Greg

 

(update, there is another host here and we also look for extra work, just limited in equipment)

Bless your heart.We have been volunteerung starting our 10th year. Our private vehicle has not and never will be used in the disposition of our duties. They can and should budget for a volunteer vehicle and as long as volunteers are willing to put up with this they will continue

Link to comment
Share on other sites

In my 1st 3years I was at a site that I used my vehicle in a limited fashion and was paid mileage based on a log I kept. I wasn't required to haul garbage but did some supplies. I did move a bag or 2 of garbage now and again to get it secure from the critters. I never moved any "sloppy" bags. Moving them made my life easier and helped keep my area cleaner. In later years with more volunteers they changed to a flat $45. week. Several years ago they stopped paying anything they said due to current budget constraint. They ended up losing a few long time local volunteers by not paying mileage from the ranger station to a day position at the top of the mountain about 50 miles round trip. They have been closing some of the day use areas earlier due to shortage of staff. Like Oct 15 vs Oct 31 in the past.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 months later...

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

RVers Online University

campgroundviews.com

Our program provides accurate individual wheel weights for your RV, toad, and tow vehicle, and will help you trim the pounds if you need to.

Dish For My RV.

RV Cable Grip

RV Cable Grip

All the water you need...No matter where you go

Country Thunder Iowa

Nomad Internet

Rv Share

RV Air.

Find out more or sign up for Escapees RV'ers Bootcamp.

Advertise your product or service here.

The Rvers- Now Streaming

RVTravel.com Logo



×
×
  • Create New...