Today we will be talking with a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park ranger about opportunities this summer at a project in northern New Mexico.
Tyler Marye is a park ranger at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cochiti Lake Project near Pena Blanca, N.M., which is located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque and just a few miles off Interstate 25.
Tyler is looking for paid gate attendants, and that involves greeting guests on arrival, opening and closing the gates, issuing permits, collecting fees, and educating people about park rules. There are also a few volunteer positions open this summer.
Paid Workampers put in about 41 hours a week over a seven-day period, but they remain at the park the full week. They aren’t technically working the whole time, but they stay on-site in case something comes up. Then, when that week ends, after a two-hour transition period, another set of Workampers comes on duty and takes over for the following week.
So, the gate attendants work a seven-day on, seven-day off schedule. Volunteers don’t have as stringent a time commitment.
Whether paid for volunteer, Workampers have ample time to explore the many things to do in that area. Santa Fe is rich in culture, as is Albuquerque. It’s relatively close to Colorado, Arizona and Texas.
Work typically takes place from mid-April to mid-October, which ensures you’re in the area for the legendary Albuquerque Balloon Festival featuring hundreds of hot air balloons drifting across the valley.
New Mexico has been under some pretty heavy restrictions for more than a year, and everyone is hoping they’ll be able to get out and start recreating again soon. When they do, I suspect it will be a very busy summer for all of the parks and campgrounds in New Mexico.
So this Workamping opportunity is an ideal one for Workampers who desire to spend time in The Land of Enchantment.
No special skills are required for the job. All Workampers receive orientation training that goes over how the software works, covers policies pertaining to rules and interacting with the public.
Tyler is looking for people who like to have a good balance between work and play. Volunteer positions are also available and they don’t require the same level of commitment as the paid contractors.
For more information about the paid and volunteer jobs, email Ranger Marye at [email protected].
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