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Ashley Rooney
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307-777-6560

By being a volunteer for the Division of Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails (SPHST) you or your group can make a difference in Wyoming communities. With your personal expertise and skill sets, you can enhance and enrich our programs. Volunteers contribute to a variety of positions that are necessary to maintain and preserve Wyoming's cultural and natural resources, and allow SPHST to be operable and meet our mission. Become an integral part of our team today!

Throughout the year we have positions available for:

  • Docents/Interpreters
  • Maintenance
  • Carpentry
  • Historical Research
  • Special Events
  • Curation (processing and maintaining collections at museums and historic sites)
  • Customer Service
  • Education
  • Special Projects

Group volunteer opportunities and special projects are handled by the Volunteer Coordinator. Contact Ashley Rooney directly for information, or for service projects for your organization.


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Application and Placement Process

  1. Fill out an application here: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=805707066.
  2. The Volunteer Coordinator in Cheyenne will review the application and send it to the park or historic site of interest to you.
  3. The site Superintendent or their designee will contact you for an interview.
  4. Fill out a Volunteer Agreement (once per year), to be on file prior to beginning service. Minors must have parent or guardian signature.
  5. If your volunteer position involves driving a state vehicle, you must provide a valid Driver’s License and insurance information, and pass the State of Wyoming Defensive Driving Test.

Camp Hosts

SPHST has a vibrant camp host program. From May 15-September 15, camp hosts reside at a state park or historic site, receiving a free camping spot in exchange for their volunteer service. Positions are filled on a first-come, first served basis, depending on availability at our sites. See the Camp Host tab for more information.


Non-Motorized Trails

Paul Gritten
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307-777-8557

Trails play a large part in our system’s recreational opportunities. Trail building and maintenance occurs throughout the summer months, but four Trail Volunteer Days are offered each year. For more information, contact Paul Gritten, the Non-motorized Trails Coordinator.

 

Camp Host

 

Volunteers enhance and enrich our program with their knowledge and skill sets. Volunteers are an integral part of our team and perform functions that allow SPHST to be operable and meet our mission.

 


 

 

What is a Camp Host/Site Host?

A camp host is a person or couple who volunteers their time at a state park or historic site for two months or more in exchange for a camping spot during their volunteer service. The difference between a site host and a camp host is that a camp host is responsible for campgrounds or designated areas, whereas a site host holds a position where there are no campgrounds or overnight camping.

 

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Application and Placement Process

  1. Fill out an application for each person who wishes to be a camp host by following this link: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=805707066.
  2. The Volunteer Coordinator in Cheyenne will contact you to further discuss your interests, skill sets, availability, and position openings.
  3. Applications will be sent to Park/Historic Site Superintendent or their volunteer coordinator on-site. They will review all applications and will conduct an interview with candidate(s) whose skill sets and interests best meet site needs. Post interview, the Volunteer Coordinator in Cheyenne will be notified of their selection.
  4. Upon being notified of a conditional offer for a position, the Volunteer Coordinator will provide the individual or couple with a link to the secure background screening website. Placement is contingent on successfully passing the background check. Results take up to one week to be returned. When the screening is completed, the Volunteer Coordinator reviews the report and a placement decision is made. After which, the applicant(s), state park or historic site is notified.

    The WY State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails Background Check Policy can be viewed here:

     
  5. After notification of a successful background check screening, the Superintendent or volunteer coordinator on-site will contact applicant(s) to extend the formal offer to camp host. Arrangements for arriving on-site will be made between site staff and camp host(s).

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Timeline for Applications and Placement

Camp host positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Returning camp hosts are given first choice on location if a position is available. Inquiries and applications for camp host positions are answered and received throughout the year. However, information on the number of positions available for the coming season is not accessible until October. Most placements are made in October-November. It can take up to a month to complete the placement process, depending on response time from applicant(s), park staff, and background check clearance. Completion of an application does not guarantee placement within the Division’s Volunteer Program.


 

 

Terms of Service

We ask our hosts for a minimum of a two month commitment. Our season is from May 15th – September 15th. Some sites have availability in April and into October, but that is not our system standard. Hosts typically work 3-4 days per week, to include weekends and holidays, as those are our busiest times. In general, our hosts serve 20 hours per week, per person, depending on location. There are a few sites in our system that request 24 hours per week, per person.

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Camp Host Information Sheets

  • Camp Host Information Sheets provide information on each location’s needs.
  • Work schedules vary by location, and are determined by the Park/Historic Site Superintendent or volunteer coordinator on-site.
  • Couples will have days off together.
  • All volunteers sign a Volunteer Agreement, once per calendar year, which must be on file prior to beginning their positions.
  • Volunteers may drive state vehicles, but must provide a valid Driver’s License and insurance information, and pass the State of Wyoming Defensive Driving Test.

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Camp Host Benefits

  • Worker’s Compensation coverage;
  • Free camp site with water and electrical hookups (some FHU, full hook up, sites);
  • Meet new people;
  • Learn new skills;
  • Experience new places;
  • Have fun while giving back!

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Contact the Division’s Volunteer Coordinator

Ashley Rooney
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307-777-6560

 

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