Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Volunteer Opportunity at the Climbing Information Center

The Mount Rainier climbing program is seeking two dedicated and reliable volunteers to staff the climbing information center from May 22, 2017 to September 7, 2017.  Come experience and be part of "A Year in Paradise!"  This volunteer opportunity is perfect for a individual (or a couple) who are willing to commit to an exciting and remarkable summer in one of the country's most idyllic and historic natural park settings.  Incumbent works three (3) 10-12 hour shifts per week, leaving four days each week for personal discovery and free time with close access to all of Mt. Rainier's dramatic natural resources!

Duties and Details:

•  A significant degree of maturity and perspective is required of this position in order to function independently in a kisok/information/permitting environment.

•  The duties of the position do NOT require a great degree of physical fitness, but do require standing behind a desk for long periods of time.

•  A background and understanding reflective of a former professional career in the sciences, teaching, or in an outdoor industry is highly recommended.

•  Duty days are 10-12 hours per day, 3 days per week (Tues-Thurs), usually double staffed with another volunteer.

•  An 11+ mile commute to Paradise each morning and returning at the end of the day is required and is a part of the workday.  A government car will usually be provided, however, occasional use of a personal vehicle may also be required to get to work from Longmire.

•  No emergency services duties (fire, aviation, SAR, or EMS) are required by the position.

•  Occasional wilderness and trail patrols may be possible, but are not required of the position.

•  Typing, computer, radio, and telephone use are required by the position.

•  Incumbent must pass a government background investigation to access low level government computer systems and email.

•  Housing can be provided (Longmire or Ashford, WA), but is not required.

•  A mileage reimbursement of 14 cents per mile for up to 22 miles per day is available when the use of a personal vehicle was required.  An additional reimbursement of up to $20 per day is also available to reimburse meals and other living expenses while away from your home.

•  This is a full-time volunteer opportunity.

•  Housing is included and may be in Longmire or other various places in the park.

For more information, contact Stefan Lofgren, Mountaineering District Ranger, at 360-569-6642 or Stefan_Lofgren (at) nps.gov.

To apply, follow this link: https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=16425

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Reservation System Goes Live!

The new reservation system for climbers just opened for the season.  See the park's Wilderness Permits Page to make a reservation.  This is a new system so it will take some time to get used to, but we're no longer using a fax machine!  Here's the gist:

- Go to the Wilderness Permits Page and familiarize yourself with the information there
- Click the big blue button that says "Go to Reservation Request Form"
- Fill out the form with your information and your trip itinerary
- Submit the form
- Wait for the confirmation that your reservation went through (we start processing April 1st)
- Take your confirmation code and go to the Pay.Gov website to pay for your passes and fee
- Come to the park and go to a Ranger Station to check in for your trip
- Climb!
- Return to a Ranger Station and check out from your climb
- Drive safely back home

There's more information regarding the reservation process and about what happens if your first-choice itinerary isn't available.  As a reminder: reservations aren't mandatory, but they are a good idea if your party size is large, people are travelling a long distance with a limited time frame, or if you want to climb on a weekend in July.  Every camp also has sites designated for walk-ups that aren't available to reserve in advance.

There's bound to be a couple bumps in the road as we move to this new system, so bear with us!