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Volunteer Caretaker

To apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest and resume to jobs@americanprairie.org. American Prairie Reserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

DIVISION: Reserve
REPORTS TO: Director of Reserve Property & Asset
LOCATION: Reserve - Resides on-site PN Ranch
GROUP: Volunteer
HOURS PER WEEK: Part-time, averages 20 hours per week
PROVISIONS: $300 Monthly Stipend; Housing; Work Vehicle; Reserve Lodging Perks; Worker's Compensation

VOLUNTEER START DATE: as soon as possible, ideally by mid-July

VOLUNTEER END DATE: estimated as mid-November, with exact date to be determined

The start and end date may be changed as mutually agreed upon in writing by APR and the volunteer. Email will suffice for written agreement.

This volunteer description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the volunteer. All volunteers are required to be responsible for and assist with additional tasks and responsibilities as needed.

This volunteer role can be shared by a couple or pair of individuals.

Volunteer Purpose: This role will support maintenance operations and public access at two primary property locations: the PN Ranch, Antelope Creek Campground. Work will be in two functional areas: facilities and equipment maintenance, and interface with public.

Primary job duty property location information:

  1. PN (47,000 acres): 2 houses, 1 barn, 1 machine shed, a variety of corrals, 2 public use yurts, 1 public use cabin, interpretive signs and kiosks
  2. Antelope Creek (200 acres): 20 campground sites (12 RV, 8 tent), 4 cabins, one bathhouse, interpretive signs and kiosks. Project assistance only as requested


PRIMARY JOB DUTIES

General Monitoring, Maintenance & Repairs (80%)

  • Complete routine monitoring, maintenance and basic repairs on, buildings, equipment, and signage.
  • Operate vehicles, equipment and tools such as 4WD ¾ ton truck, ATV, mowers, trailers, skid steer, power tools and hand tools.
  • Perform grounds keeping, and maintenance on landscape such as mowing, weed control and watering.
  • Maintain public yurts & cabins in accordance with reservations in order to clean, resupply water and propane, and provide routine maintenance.
  • Monitor condition of roads, trails, and waterways, wells, water lines and associated electric sources.
  • Report moderate and complex or serious maintenance issues to Asset Director.
  • Facilitate access to property for contractors.
  • Transport materials to and from Reserve sites and local towns, including purchases, recycling, and waste removal.
  • In emergency, assist with fire control and suppression.
  • Adhere to and enforce APR safety protocols. Use protective equipment. Report damage, near misses, accidents, issues and injuries.

Interface with Public (20%)

  • Greet visitors at the PN and welcome them to APR.
  • Answer visitor questions about rules and access for recreation and hunting.
  • Respond to visitor requests for assistance with general issues at visitor facilities.
  • Provide aid to visitors and call EMS as needed.
  • Maintain positive relations with the PN Ranch lessee.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Enthusiasm for and positive representation of APR’s mission, goals and culture.
  • Ability to problem-solve challenges of maintaining facilities/equipment in remote locations with hot & cold weather extremes.
  • Self-motivated work ethic and ability to work effectively independently.
  • Good communication skills with ability to be hospitable to the public and respond accurately and effectively to inquiries and needs.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and to maintain safe practices.
  • Trade skills necessary to complete duties. Basic level required; intermediate preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of gasoline and diesel engine upkeep.
  • Ability to work independently and travel long distances alone in remote areas.
  • Ability to safely navigate dangerous road conditions – poorly maintained, gumbo mud, and snow.
  • Ability to physically exert self, including lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds- more pounds with assistance.
  • Ability to navigate using a map (either paper or on a smartphone).
  • Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
  • Familiarity with off-grid energy systems preferred – propane, solar, wind.

EXTENUATING WORKING CONDITIONS: Role requires physically laborious work and exertion in variable and extreme weather conditions, at remote and isolated locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain. Requires exposure to and use of hazardous equipment and tools and frequent driving including on hazardous roads and terrain. This position requires varied work hours dependent on operational needs.