Topic ID #31960 - posted 3/26/2014 3:07 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Historic Elk Lake Guard Station Staffing Project 2014, Deschutes NF, OR

Jennifer Palmer

Deschutes NF
New! Historic Elk Lake Guard Station Staffing Project 2014

Session 1: June 19-July 3, 2014 (including weekend)
Session 2: July 3-17, 2014 (including weekend - Guard Station closed July 4th)
Session 3: July 17-31, 2014 (including weekend)
Session 4: July 31-August 14, 2014 (including weekend)
Session 5: August 14-28, 2014 (including weekend)
Session 6: August 28-September 8, 2014 (including weekend)

Must commit to one full session; may participate in more

Historic Elk Lake Guard Station lies along the beautiful and popular Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway. It was originally built in 1929, and was afterward in regular use for almost seven decades. In the late 1990s, after the log cabin was "de-commissioned" as a full-time Forest Service guard station, it was in dire need of maintenance and repair. From 1998-2001, the Forest Service and Passport in Time volunteers worked to restore the landmark. In 2001, the guard station, eventually listed on the National Register of Historic Places, re-opened its doors as a Forest Service visitor's center and interpreted historic site. Since that time, PIT volunteers have been recruited and trained to staff the Elk Lake Guard Station, and serve as professional-caliber information/interpretation specialists for the site's thousands of annual visitors.

Continuing that tradition, we need your help as uniformed Forest Service representatives again this year! Volunteers will keep the station clean and tidy, and will provide a full range of information and interpretive services to visitors. Each but the final of the 6 sessions will be 12 days long (10 working days) - Thursday morning through Monday evening with Tuesdays and Wednesdays off each week - and will include weekends.Once again, dates are as follows: Session 1: June 19-July 3; Session 2: July 3-17 (Guard Station closed July 4th); Session 3: July 17-31; Session 4: July 31-August 14; Session 5: August 14-28; Session 6: August 28-September 8.

Applications will be forwarded to the project leader as they arrive, and we will continue to accept applications only until all sessions are filled, so apply today!

Number of openings: 6 (1 individual or couple per session)

Special skills: Must be able to perform required duties with minimal supervision after orientation, communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and present a consistently friendly and helpful attitude; Forest Service uniform will be worn during working hours and will be provided by project; knowledge of Forest Service history and Deschutes National Forest recreation geography and policies is helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Elk Lake Guard Station available as sleeping quarters (use strictly controlled and must be made presentable each day); hot and cold running water, shower, flush toilet, refrigerator, microwave oven (otherwise no cooking facilities); camping/RVs not permitted at guard station; tent and RV camping available at Snow Creek Guard Station (~10 miles); water, pit toilet, full hookups; Sunriver and Bend are full-service communities with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for personal bedding/camping equipment, food, cook stove if staying at guard station (no charcoal grills/campfires allowed), and transportation

Nearest towns: Sunriver, 30 miles; Bend, 35 miles

Applications due: Ongoing until filled

More info here.


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