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Volunteer Opportunities

Mule Mountains Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) Camp Host Needed

Are you tired of freezing during the winter months?  Do you like viewing beautiful scenery and rugged mountain formations?  Do you have a self-contained camping vehicle?  Then come spend your winter in the warm climate of Southern California by being a camp host at the Mule Mountains Long Term Visitor Area!  Get a free camp spot for the season (Sept 15-April15) and a volunteer experience you will always remember.

Location:  Mule Mountain Long Term Visitor Area (Coon Hollow Campground) is within the jurisdiction of the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office.  The site is located approximately 17 miles west of Blythe, CA.  From Interstate 10, take the Wiley's Well Road exit and travel south approximately 9 miles.
Coon Hollow Campground:  This campground is located along a desert riparian wash system consisting of mature palo verde, mesquite, and smoke trees and other native vegetation.  Non-potable water and vault toilets are located on site, and one RV dump station is available between this camp and the Wiley’s Well campground (3 miles north).  Most campsites have table, grills and a shade ramada.  Nearby attractions include rock hounding sites for geodes and opals, and the historic Bradshaw Trail National Back Country Byway.  No electricity.  For more information on site specifics, please visit the following website:
Duties:  The LTVA host position involves greeting visitors and providing them information regarding travel directions, use of facilities, campground regulations, and recreational opportunities.  Tasks include monitoring facilities and checking for compliance with rules and regulations pertaining to parking, campfires, noise levels, sanitation and safety; and collection of fees..  Minor maintenance of campground and facilities may be required if needed between weekly maintenance crew rounds.  Problems or possible violations will be brought to the attention of visitors and supervisor.  Daily visitor use data will be collected and recorded.
Qualifications:  Volunteers must be energetic, self-motivated, customer service oriented and possess good communications skills to present a positive public image of the BLM.  Must feel comfortable working independently in backcountry areas, and be able to read and interpret maps.  Initial and additional training provided as needed.
This is a seasonal position that begins on September 15 and ends on April 15 of each year.  BLM will waive permit fees and provide reimbursement of incidental expenses of $7 per day.  Cell phone coverage is available within the area, depending on service provider.
Contact:  If you are interested, fill out a Volunteer Application and send it to the following address:

Palm Springs-South Coast BLM
ATTN:  Volunteer Coordinator
1201 Bird Center Drive
Palm Springs, CA  92262