Volunteer Park Host Opportunity – Kakwa Provincial Park

The role of the host is to enhance visitor services and experiences by maintaining park structures and creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for park users. By greeting park visitors and providing them with information about things to do in the park and surrounding area, the volunteer park hosts offer an important service.

The Park Host is stationed at the Kakwa Lake Cabin, which consists of a Host Cabin, and a Public cabin for day use and first come first serve over night use. There are two volunteer positions available; each for a 4 to 5 week term running between  July and September. Below is a list of qualifications and duties expected of the Park Host as well as some general park information. This is a one of a kindopportunity to spend time living in a remote wilderness environment in beautiful Northern British Columbia.

The Park Host is responsible for the following:

  • Greet visitors to the Kakwa Lake Cabin area and provide park information to park users.
  • Ensure the camp remains clean, and that park visitors clean-up after themselves.
  • Record and report to BC Parks any:
    • strange occurrences,
    • conflicts with wildlife,
    • contraventions of the Park Act and Regulations, and
    • accidents, emergencies, or near misses that occur.
  • Maintain a park host journal (a record of weather, duties) and a visitor records journal (type of visitors, trends, destinations etc.).
  • Provide instructions to park visitors for cabin fees.
  • Promote BC Parks Foundation and education visitors on the opportunity to donate to the Back Country Host Program, and other conservations and recreation programs.
  • Minor cleaning and maintenance as required
    • Cabin, trails, tent pads, outhouses, etc.

In exchange for the duties listed above, BC Parks will:

  • Provide a fully equipped cabin, free of charge.
  • Provide use of a BC Parks canoe on Kakwa Lake.

The flight into camp is shared by park staff and equipment. An orientation of the camp is provided for the selected hosts when they arrive in the park, instructing them on the:

  • use and maintenance of the propane fridge and stove, fire pump, woodstoves,
  • use of the satellite phone,
  • check in/out system; and
  • all other duties or equipment expected to be used.

Qualifications:

  • Contribute $1250 to the cost of a flight into camp.
    • BC Parks will fund the remaining cost of a flight in and out of the park (Estimated at $6000)
  • Available and able to commit to a four-to-five week session between July, August and September.
  • Must be in good health and in good physical condition in order to perform the duties required-to walk up and down slopes daily, and to live in an isolated location without access to immediate medical aid.
  • First aid training and current certification at OFA Level 1, and CPR or higher.
  • Experience in back country travel.
  • For safety reasons, applications must be submitted in a party of 2.
  • Hosts must sign a volunteer agreement and abide by all BC Park policies and regulations.
  • A satisfactory Criminal Record Check is mandatory for all Hosts.
  • Pets are not permitted during this Host term.

Supplies:

Park Hosts must supply the following items for their stay:

  • Food
  • Bug spray
  • Clothing (suitable to all weather conditions, snow to heat)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Cameras and other leisure time equipment
  • Bear spray and knowledge of how to use it
  • Enthusiasm for the outdoors and BC Parks

If you wish to apply to this opportunity, please contact the Upper Fraser Area Supervisor by email at Melanie.Veres@gov.bc.ca, by 19:00 on February 21, 2020 Please indicate the following information:

  • Name (s) of applicants
  • Address
  • Contact number (daytime/evening phone)
  • Have you volunteered as a Park Host before? If yes, please describe when and where and briefly list host duties.
  • Please list any physical limitations that may impact your volunteer activities.
  • Which months are you available to volunteer?
  • How did you hear about this volunteer opportunity?
  • What are some of your objectives for volunteering? (optional)

Applications will be evaluated, and the season schedules established by March 18, 2020.

Thank you for your interest!