ADDRESS: Padre Island National Seashore; 20420 Park Road 22; Corpus Christi, Texas 78418
DEPT: National Park Service
DATES: 3/15/2023 – 3/14/2024
Lying a few miles off the south Texas coast, Padre Island National Seashore protects the world’s longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. The national seashore embraces 66 miles of beach, windswept dunes, endless grasslands, tidal flats teeming with life and warm nearshore waters. The national seashore’s southerly location is such that camping is available year-round, which means that campground hosts are also needed year-round.
Padre Island National Seashore has two campgrounds. The Malaquite Campground has 48 campsites and sits behind the dunes approximately 100 yards from the Gulf of Mexico. One host site is available here. Full hook-ups are available for RVs.
The Bird Island Basin has 40 campsites and is located directly on the Laguna Madre. One host site is available here. Hook ups and showers are not available, however there is a vault toilet. Hosts in this campground typically have their own solar panels or mini turbines for electricity generation, use the dump/fill station and cold water showers at the Malaquite Campground.
Volunteers work a minimum of 32-hours per week at either site in exchange for an RV site. A one month/4-week minimum commitment is required.
Hosts will be issued uniform shirts, a jacket, and a hat. Volunteer must supply khaki or dark brown pants, socks, and closed-toed shoes. While on duty, the volunteer must wear the required uniform.
Campground hosts monitor the use of assigned campground. Daily duties include checking arrivals and departures, reporting daily use to staff, providing maps and information to visitors, and explaining rules and regulations of the campground.
Campground hosts use a mobile radio to communicate needs and requests clearly with staff. Occasional assistance with campground maintenance is required such as, minor cleaning, trash pickup and restocking bathrooms is required.
Important: Host will not attempt to enforce any regulations by acting in a law enforcement capacity. Host will use educational and informational capacity when appropriate to gain compliance with park regulations. Only commissioned law enforcement rangers will take enforcement actions.
Good communication, flexibility with schedule, work well as a team member, problem solver, able to operate and communicate using a mobile radio. Enjoy talking with and meeting people. Ability to effectively deal with stressful situations.