Cape Lookout National Seashore is taking a more active roll in staffing two rustic cabin camps located on the North and South Core Banks barrier islands. The cabin camps provide reasonably priced shelter for visitors who are willing to ârough itâ by providing most of their own amenities. The camps are very popular during the spring and fall fishing seasons, but traditionally have had numerous vacancies in the summer months. This year the camps are offering a 25% discount on cabins from June 8th through September 1st.
Each cabin is equipped with beds, a bathroom with shower, hot and cold running water and a gas stove. Visitors must furnish their own pots and pans, cooking and eating utensils, towels and bed linens, dishes and ice chest (there are no refrigerators). Some cabins have electricity; at others visitors may bring their own generator or other light source. Before checking out visitors are expected to clean the sinks and table, remove trash and sweep the cabin. Pets are not permitted in the cabins.
There also are a number of openings for volunteers to serve as camp hosts at these cabin camps. Duties may include meeting ferries, counting visitors and vehicles, cleaning a public restroom/shower house and serving as an emergency point of contact in the evening.
There also are volunteer opportunities at Cape Lookout at the Harkers Island and Cape Lookout Lighthouse Visitor Centers information desks.
Camp volunteer serve for a minimum of two weeks: other volunteer serve a minimum of one month, but other time requests will be considered. The season is April through November. Prior NPS work experience is preferred, but not required. Camp hosts are provided with a basic fully equipped cabin at the camp. Visitor center volunteers must come with a motor home, camp trailer or self contained camper, and the same is helpful, but not required for camp hosts taking lieu days on the mainland.
Cabin camp information may be obtained from Cathy Frazier at (252) 728-2250 ext. 3020. Prospective volunteers should contact Richard Meissner at (252) 728-2250 ext. 3008.