Clark County Public Works is seeking applicants for open volunteer park host positions at Haapa Boat Launch and Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park, and an upcoming position at Lucia Falls Regional Park. Volunteer park hosts live at their assigned park and assist with creating a safe and welcoming environment for all visitors. Host duties include (but are not limited to):
- Cleaning park restrooms daily and as needed in response to messes.
- Opening park gates by 7 a.m. and closing gates at dusk (one half-hour after sunset) daily.
- Notifying park users when the park is closing.
- Emptying park garbage cans at least once daily, and as needed.
- Picking up litter daily.
- Notifying staff of emergencies, urgent maintenance needs or impacts of severe weather.
- Helping to identify and respond to safety and security concerns in the park.
The park host at Haapa must reside in the county-owned residence at the park. Applicants for the positions at Frenchman’s Bar or Lucia Falls regional parks must provide their own recreational vehicle to reside in at the park during their term as the park host. Clark County provides basic utilities for the host including electricity, water, sewer and garbage/recycling.
All park host service terms are through Dec. 31. A host may be offered a term for the next calendar year, based on results of a performance evaluation performed in the fall. There is no maximum to the number of terms a host may serve.
Applicants offered positions must submit to state and federal background checks and fingerprinting, provide a rental history and proof of renter’s insurance. Successful applicants will not be able to move into the park and begin service until all required documents have been submitted, they’ve been cleared through the background check and fingerprinting process, and their agreement has been signed by the county manager. Due to the variable amount of time required for these processes, successful applicants must be prepared to not be able to move into their assigned site for several weeks.
More information about these positions, the volunteer park host program policies, requirements, minimum qualifications, duties, and more can be found at clark.wa.gov/public-works/volunteer#host.
Applicants are encouraged to apply online at clark.wa.gov/public-works/volunteer#host. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. First review of applications will be on Feb. 5. Applicants interested in more than one location must submit a separate application for each location. Paper applications, translated application materials and interpretation services available upon request to Cindy Gonzalez, volunteer program coordinator, at email@example.com or 564.397.1679.
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Kaley McLachlan-Burton, communications manager