We need a hosts or host couples immediately for our Juniper Springs Recreation Area near Ocala, Florida. We are looking for hosts to help manage the day use area at the Springs and we are also looking for someone to help with security (a class D security license is preferred but not required for the security position). Hosts may be driving a company vehicle so a clean driving record is a must. The position pays wages plus a host site and utilities. You can find pictures and information here.
We ask you to take two steps to apply:
1. If you have not already done so, apply for a 2016 camp host position at this link. If you have already put in an application, you do not need to do it again, but you will not be considered without an application.
2. Please contact Samantha and Daryl Rolando by email at RRMJobs@camprrm.com to communicate your interest. Our jobs database has lots of people in it, so make sure they know that you are interested in this particular job. Please do not contact them until you have completed an application.
The job of camp hosting in state parks usually only requires 3 or 4 days of duty....for a total of 20 hours a week...maybe 24 max. So the obviously nice benefit is your freedom to roam. We took advantage and explored Juniper Springs for a day. The Chateau has claimed site #9 in the "Tropical Loop". It's a mystical and foggy morning. We can't remember Florida being more humid or more still.
A wondrous trail starts at our site.
There are small springs everywhere, so this jungley path soon crosses a bridge.
The signs warn that you are about to become gator bait, and you'd better not fight back...because this is a national reserve and everything in it is protected.
Who can resist a boardwalk into the wilds? Just ahead, under the bridge, is a large pool of green water. What's that about?
A peek into the pool from the bridge shows "boiling" sand that looks very much like the mud pots that bubble away in Yellowstone Park.
I turned around and about lost my breath.... What an unusual series of dreamy pools. They were riddled with sand boils. How fascinating!
The oak branches growing over one pool were almost too tempting. They were plenty big enough to walk on...and perfect as a platform to jump from into the warm water. How exotic!
I just kept taking pictures because it was so surreal...isolated...peaceful. There was no one else around...no sound but that of moving water and wildlife.
I decided to follow the boardwalk along the spring run to its source.
And here it is...Juniper Springs! Bob jumped in with his clothes on. That's how irresistible it was. He was floating face down looking into the spring just like he was a glass-bottomed boat. I knew he was harking back to his childhood, which was filled with joyful days splashing, diving, and exploring in the stream behind his home in State College, Pennsylvania.
Bob swam around and around, so I went to explore the rest of the area. He was totally alone in his own "Blue Lagoon". I returned after the sun had set...and he was still paddling around, marveling at his "best experience of the year so far". So what's so special about perfectly clear, warm water surrounded by bright green ferns and well-done CCC rock work? Come see for yourself!