This announcement will be used to fill a two month position for April and May of 2012.
This may be filled by one individual or a couple.
Tuweep Campground (adjacent to Toroweap Overlook) is a 10 site primitive campground (first-come first-serve). The campground is located at the end of a 61 mile dirt road (sometimes impassible) adjacent to Toroweap Overlook (3 Miles of High Clearance 2WD). Tuweep Overlook is the infamous 3,000 foot drop to the Colorado River. There are no services at Toroweap and the campground contains composting toilets, picnic tables, fire grates (bring your own wood), and with one of the most amazing views of Grand Canyon National Park! Tuweep is a remote area within Grand Canyon National Park managed for its primitive and rustic visitor experience dominated by solitude and nature. There is one full-time ranger who covers 600,000 acres of the park and is in the field 200 nights per year. This position will be supervised by the General Tuweep Volunteer overseen by the Tuweep Ranger.
You will be required to provide your own housing (a 20 foot or less trailer or tent style accommodation) and transport it to the campground. There are no hook-ups (electricity, sewage, or water) and generators use is restricted. Your restroom facilities are the campground’s composting toilets. A government vehicle may occasionally be available. Patrolling the area on foot is easy and options for hiking are endless. It is one half mile of easy walking from the campground to the overlook.
Educating visitors and campers with regard to LNT and the area regulations
Providing a National Park Service presence on the busy weekends at both the campground and Toroweap Overlook
Checking the overlook and trailheads for out of bounds camping
Maintaining composting toilets (2 buildings with a total of 4 toilets)
Raking out off-road vehicle tracks in the Toroweap area
Taking care of the campground (cleaning out fire-rings, washing off picnic tables, picking up micro trash, lining campsites with rocks)
Patrolling the trailheads and viewpoints in the Toroweap Valley (Toroweap Overlook, Tuckup Trailhead, and Vulcan’s Throne Trailhead)
Schedule: The schedule is flexible but will give preference to working mid-day and evenings Friday through Monday.
You MUST be self-motivated, enjoy autonomy and thrive with little supervision, enjoy both people and solitude, and enjoy problem solving since little supervision is available (the ranger is often in the field and the other volunteer is away at times). Tuweep can be very busy with day visitors and then very quiet in the morning and evening. Please be able to thrive in both situations—enjoying people and enjoying solitude.
Climate: Spring usually exhibit comfortable temperatures and drier conditions.
Visitation: Toroweap sees around 20,000 visitors a year (mostly day visitors). Visitation is busiest in the spring and fall. The primitive 10 site campground fills frequently on weekends in the spring.
I volunteered here six months (Jun-Dec) last season. I'll be happy to answer any questions.
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Ive been lurking here for awhile, reading the posts and collecting info for when Im ready, in a few more years. I hope a position like this is available when I am, sounds ideal to me. I have a few questions which will probably be asked anyway... sounds like they have water on site? Is it possible to get supplies occasionally without driving the 61 miles out, like food or propane? Cell or radio service if needed to contact the outside world?
the ranger just added a 325 gal water trailer to help his volunteers and hosts, so now you won't have to drive into town for water. the ranger station has limited water collected from rain/snow melt. i did not want to draw from his supply, so i made the trip into town about every 10 days. that trip was also my supply run (fuel/food/etc). cell coverage is available about 20 miles (on a hill top) from the campground. the ranger has sat internet, but you'll have to work that out with him.
there is a book "the last old time ranger", i'd recommend about john riffey. it speaks well of the area and legendary park ranger. read that book and you'll understand the remoteness and history of this beautiful area.
i hope this helps.....
Twodog_ from your poet - "there is a book "the last old time ranger", i'd recommend about john riffey. it speaks well of the area and legendary park ranger. read that book and you'll understand the remoteness and history of this beautiful area.
i hope this helps..... "
Can/will you please give a reference to this book - author, publisher, date or anything else please.
In 1970 I had the privelege of meeting, and staying 2 nights with John Riffey in the stone house ( now the ranger office?). What a great person/host he was. Coincidently he was featured in the April, 1970 issue of National Geographic.
I treasure the memory of my first visit to the Grand canyon via Toroweap overlook with John Riffey!
what a fortunate person you are! the ranger station is still there and in fantastic condition. ranger todd (current resident ranger) has taken wonderful care of the place.
look up "John Riffey" on amazon books. it lists for $14.95. the author is jean luttrell. she's one of the "daughters" riffey adopted. her father was a nearby rancher. i know you will love the book.
while was hosting at lee's ferry, one of the rangers (peggy) recommended i take the drive out to tuweep. i did and read the book soon afterwards. the following year i camped/volunteered there from jun to dec. the book really gave me a better understanding of the area. i'll be back as a volunteer again next season for sure.
ranger riffey is buried not far from the station. you must pay your respects if you head back there.
just noticed ross's comment re ranger todd. ...fully agree. i expect to be reading a book about him in 20-30 years.
a fine young man.
I've heard recently that Todd may be applying for a promotion, which will probably take him to another park. I hope to go visit with him this spring if he's still at the Canyon. But where ever he goes, that park will be getting one of the best Rangers in the service.