I have several housesits that I have done with mostly cats and dogs. I have also looked after horses and mules as part of my Park Service jobs. I have included my resume which also has housesitting/petsitting references.
Kevin I. Hawkins
Home Phone: 541-488-6471
Duties include cleaning and maintaining wilderness backcountry toilet facilities. In order to facilitate the cleaning and maintenance of composting and pit toilets, they have to be accessed by being able to hike up to 15 miles per day on steep mountain trails often carrying heavy packs and equipment (40-60lbs) to remove the waste in plastic buckets. This is done in all types of weather from rain and snow storms to temperatures in excess of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Maintenance and upkeep of wooden and plastic backcountry toilets is also accomplished with light carpentry and painting. Maintain an inventory of cleaning supplies for use at these remote sites. I drive government vehicles to access all areas of Mt. Rainier which requires driving inside and outside the Park between 2 - 5 hours per day in all types of weather. Sometimes drive UTV vehicles on dirt roads to access remote trails. Support trail maintenance and rehabilitation projects throughout the back country and front country trails in the park. The work also consists of trail brushing and removal of debris and wind fall from the trail corridor.
Mt. Rainier National Park (National Park Service) - Ashford, WA Dates: 5/2018-Present and 6/2017-10/2017
Contact Jim Ziolkowski (Trails Supervisor) at 360-569-6631
Park Ranger (Wilderness)
This position as a wilderness ranger works at a variety of duties both in the wilderness areas of the park and at the Wilderness Information Center. Backcountry patrols vary in length from 1 to 10 days per pay period, but averages 3 - 6. The remainder of the time is spent on office tasks. Duties include: Patrolling the backcountry by foot--including rugged terrain in a range of weather conditions, making educational contacts with visitors, assisting in emergency response, campsite maintenance and light trail work, and other tasks relating to wilderness management. Office duties include assisting visitors with wilderness trip planning and safety information, issuing permits, discussing Leave No Trace and wilderness regulations, informal educational presentations, sales of books and maps, data entry, and other office related tasks as assigned.
Mt. Rainier National Park (National Park Service) - Ashford, WA Dates: 5/2016 - 10-2016
Contact Dan Van Der Elst (Wilderness Progam Supervisor) at 360-569-6651
Composting Laborer (Trails)
Duties include sweeping, mopping, and cleaning compost toilet stalls using cleaning materials such as mops, brooms, rakes, and cleaning agents in backcountry environments. Mixing of waste in composting toilets to ensure that waste is free of debris, odors, and that waste material is composting properly by stirring and necessary composting agents such as wood chips and enzymes. This position also requires the ability to answer visitor questions about facilities, the areas' features, and to monitor visitor health and safety.
Grand National Park (National Park Service) - Grand Canyon, AZ Dates: 12/2015 - 5/2016
Contact Chris Brothers (Trails Supervisor) at 928-638-7729
Laborer (Motor Vehicle Operator)
Performs custodial and routine maintenance duties at the Lake Berryessa day use areas which includes up to 28 comfort stations, picnic sites, portable toilets, swimming areas and parking areas. Maintains comfort stations. Performs landscaping duties to include mowing lawns, clearing overgrown areas using weed whackers, clearing or pruning trees using chain saw, pulling weeds, raking leaves, emptying refuse cans and removing debris from picnic areas and other public grounds. Maintains and repairs grounds areas, signs, picnic tables, wooden railings, trails and walkways. Uses common hand tools to complete repairs or assists by retrieving needed supplies and tools. Performs touch up painting, adjusts doors and windows. Cleans administration and maintenance buildings, dormitory and visitor center. Assists with the operation of the sewer pumping equipment. Regularly operates pickup truck, crew cab pickup truck and diesel powered six wheel all terrain open utility truck to transport personnel, supplies, materials, or equipment in rural and urban areas over Federal, state, county roads and city streets in all traffic conditions.
Lake Berryessa Recreation Area (Department of Reclamation) - Napa, CA Dates: 6/2015 - 9/2015
Contact Peter Funkhouser (Facilities Manager) at 707-966-2111 ext. 101
Worked as a member of the Crater Lake National Park Trails Crew. Maintenance of trails including logging out fallen trees using crosscut saw, chainsaw, and axes while hiking on trails up to 20 miles per day. The use of pulaskis, Mcleods, rakes, and shovels in the maintenance of trails including drain dips, rock and wood waterbars. checkdams, and tread maintenance. Building of rock structures including retaining walls and waterbars using single and double jack rock hammers and chisels to shape and fit rock. Upkeep and
maintenance of motorized and traditional hand tools. Installation and construction of interpretative and directional prefabricated signs in the frontcountry and backcountry. Provide information to visitors in frontcountry and backcountry as the first and sometimes only point of contact.
Crater Lake National Park - Oregon Dates: 6/2014 - 11/2014
Contact Jennifer Gifford (Trails Program Supervisor) at 541-594-3037
Provide shipping support and order fulfillment including picking, packing, and processing of domestic and international orders using UPS Worldship, USPS Dazzle, FedEX Ship Manager and SiteDirector. Use of Excel, Quickbooks, and Word. Daily and monthly inventory counts. Cleaning and organization of warehouse.
Natura Health Products Ashland, OR Dates: 8/2012 - 5/2014
Contact: Chris Thorsen (Distribution Manager) at 541-488-0210 ext.307
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT. 59812
National Student Exchange 1998-99 school year
Wilderness and Civilization (Minor) in The School of Forestry 1998-99 school year
GPA: 3.17, Total Credit Hours Earned: 103
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60625
Enrolled Fall 1996 – Spring 1999 Major: Environmental Studies, GPA: 3.1
HOUSESITTING AND ANIMAL CARETAKING REFERENCES
John Gronberg - Manager Glenn Vista Housing Association (Ashland,OR)
Dana Woodruff - Marketing Manager at Linco Company
Kathy Bates - Former Director of Southern California YMCA
Rich Lechleitner, Backcountry Utilities Supervisor at Mt. Rainier National Park
Daniel Keebler, Former Mt. Rainier Wilderness Information Center Supervisor
Adam Dockery, Compost Crew Lead at Grand Canyon National Park