• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Science • General Assistance
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The darkest night skies are in Idaho. Join our team at Bruneau Dunes where the stars are the biggest and brightest! The tallest sand dune rises 470 feet above small lakes in the high desert south of Mountain Home. The state park includes desert, dune, prairie, lake and marsh habitat with opportunities to observe nocturnal species. Activities include fishing, birdwatching, camping, hiking, swimming and viewing the stars at one of only two public observatories in Idaho. Feel free to climb but no vehicles are allowed on the dunes. A visitor center offers information on birds of prey, insects, fossils, wildlife and the sand dunes. A variety of gift items are available for purchase. Two cabins are available for rent. Also 82 serviced with W/E and 31 standard sites. The Equestrian Area provides facilities for visitors to camp with their horses and there is a 9-mile riding trail around the park.
Bruneau Dunes State Park Interpretive Hosts--Ever wanted to see a star being born? Discover the rings of Saturn? Or Maybe just be able to point a telecope to man's first steps on the craters of hte Moon? Well, now you can! The Bruneau Observatory invites you to take a look at the stars and planets from right here in Idaho. Trained volunteers will welcome visitors to the center, collect program fees, assist with merchandise sales, give an orientation to the facility and the night sky, and interpret the heavens through the observatory's collection of telescopes. No previous experience is necessary, but you should be willing to learn minimal astronomy, attend training sessions, and be comfortable speaking to visitors and answering questions.
Interpretive Host Routine Duties--Observatory programs are held every Friday and Satruday night March through November. Programs generally begin around 8:00 pm and end around 11:00 pm or midnight. Interpretive Assistants will be scheduled to work a 2-3 hour shift starting at dusk.
A unique experience! Master the night sky while having fun in one of the most unique settings in Idaho.
Free observatory program pass
State vehicle provided for work-related activities
Worker's compensation, automobile liability insurance when using state vehicles, and tort claims insurance while on the job
Complete orientation and job training. Don't worry, we'll teach you everything you need to know.
Coninual evaluation and feedback on job performance.
Complimentary park entrance pass to all Idaho State Parks
THE BEST JEWELS of the GEM STATE can be found in Idaho State Parks! Join us for fantastic volunteering opportunities in 2015. Fish our world famous trout waters, see the beautiful Sawtooth peaks, travel Lewis & Clark country, or be amazed by our gigantic Ponderosa Pines all while hosting for the best state park system in the nation. We are seeking energetic singles and couples as campground, special project, maintenance, and visitor services hosts April - Oct. 2015. Full HU provided with minimum 30 days, 24-30 hrs/site. Enjoy free entry to all state parks, complimentary camping, scenic RV sites, outstanding training, and friendly staff.
Contact: Kathryn.Hampton@idpr.idaho.gov 208-514-2493 or find out more and fill out an application online at: www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/activities/volunteering
Spread your wings in some of the most spectacular places! Choose to volunteer at a park in an old growth forest, along a trout filled stream, or on the shores of a pristine mountain lake. Or, you may want to help us maintain trails, teach boating safety, or work at a visitor center. As part of our team, volunteers provide essential services with a personal touch. You can make visitor experiences more enjoyable and complete. Your volunteer efforts help preserve the natural treasures of Idaho for generations to come.
How to volunteer....
To volunteer your services and share your knowledge and expertise, please fill out a volunteer application online, or print one out. Selected volunteers will be asked to sign an agreement outlining their responsibilities as well as those of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Keep in mind that not all parks or programs need all the different types of volunteers.
What you do as a Volunteer...
A person may volunteer as an individual or as a part of a group on short term projects of a day or less, or on a long term project in specialized programs. There are many ways to volunteer your time with Idaho State Parks and Recreation. You are invited to join our Idaho Team!
APPLY ON-LINE at: http://www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/activities/volunteering or call (208) 514-2493 for more information and an application packet NOW.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: full hook-up RV sites available for all hosts staying a minimum of 30 days.
• Construction/Maintenance • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Back Country/Wilderness
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Trail Crew : The Bonners Ferry Ranger District maintains over 300 miles of trail in the Selkirk, Cabinet, and Purcell Mountains of Northern Idaho and Northwestern Montana. Much of the maintenance is done by individual volunteers from across the country as well as volunteer groups from national organizations and local clubs. The trails lead hikers to peaks with magnificent views of Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Canada. Other trails lead to crystal clear alpine lakes, through old growth forests, and through varied habitats from dry Ponderosa Pine stands to thick, wet Cedar and Hemlock forest.
Volunteers will serve along with the Forest Service trail crew and other volunteers and volunteer groups. The work is strenuous, including hiking 12+ miles per day, carrying a pack up to 50 pounds, digging trail with hand tools including the pulaski and shovel, moving rocks, and building bridges. We will be outdoors every day in the mountains in all weather. Several 5-8 day camps are planned for work in remote areas.
Volunteer must provide own boots, raingear, and clothing. Government housing is available on a first come basis. The Forest Service provides training, transportation, tools, a small reimbursement for incidentals, and all food during camps.
The field season is mid May to late September. Volunteers may stay the entire season, a couple months, or just join us for a week-long camp. Dates are flexible.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: may be shared bedroom in a small house, first come first served. Priority will be given to volunteers planning to stay 10 weeks or longer
• Conservation Education • Fish/Wildlife • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Many consider the first Earth Day in 1970 to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day has become an annual international event promoting community involvement, a healthier environment, and more sustainable living. Celebrate this Earth Day by participating in Earth Day Work Day at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge April 18th 9am-12pm. We need help with battling invasive and noxious weeds that take over natural Refuge habitat, protecting wildlife from injury by picking up litter on the refuge and other projects as well.
How to Apply: Register by contacting Mackenzie Tietjen Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or 208-467-9278 or use the link below to apply.
Learn more about Land of the Yankee Fork ghost towns and gold mining history by visiting Idaho State Parks web site.
Caretaker Hosts live and work in a non-campground park. They have the responsibility for maintenance and/or operations of a specific site. They are often the first contact our visitors have with Idaho Dept. of Parks & Recreation. Volunteer meets and greets all visitors, collects fees, directs, counts and orients visitors to the park, and answers questions about the park and local amenities. They also perform a variety of tasks such as light maintenance duties, and informing park staff about potential problems. Volunteers may provide public oriented services, which include conducting guided tours, presenting historical and cultural talks, assisting with research, and maintaining and documenting collections.
Work Schedule: Caretaker/hosts each work a minimum of 24 hours per week (including weekends and holidays) for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 180 days. Caretaker/hosts are considered to be “on-call” at all times of the day and night and must take time off during the weekdays Monday through Thursday. All caretaker/hosts will have specific duties and scheduled times to work.
Benefits to volunteer:
•Free campsite equipped with water, electric generator, and sewer hook-up at one of the quietest and most scenic parks in the system!
•Free park pass to all Idaho State Parks
•State vehicle provided for work-related driving needs
•Worker’s compensation, automobile liability insurance when using state vehicles, and tort claims insurance while on the job
•Complete orientation and job training
•Continual evaluation and feedback on job performance
* Small reimbursement stipend offered
Job Duties: (percentage of time at each task may vary)
Visitor Services: 25%
Fee Collection: 10%
Collection Management: 10%
Equipment Operation: 10%
Contact: Kathryn.Hampton@idpr.idaho.gov or
APPLY ON-LINE at: http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/aboutus/volunteeronline.aspx or
call (208) 514-2493 for more information and an application packet NOW.
NOTE: THIS SITE CANNOT ACCOMODATE MOTORHOMES. 5TH WHEELS AND TRAVEL TRAILERS OK
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: •Free campsite equipped with water, electric generator, and sewer hook-up at one of the quietest and most scenic parks in the system!
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
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The National Map Corp - Volunteer Map Editor
The US Geological Survey (USGS) is recruiting volunteers to collect and update USGS geographic data. Similar to how other online crowdsourcing cartographic applications allow anyone to collect, edit, and use geographic data through an online map editor, the USGS has developed an online editor customized to our data needs that allows volunteers to contribute data to The National Map. We are looking for people like you to work with us to collect data for the USGS. The data you will collect during this project will be loaded into The National Map.
If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating! You do not need to live in any particular area to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: This volunteer activity is done from your home or anywhere with Internet access.
Help connect youngsters to wildlife and nature—and help free up staff time to lead other educational programs. We are seeking volunteers to lead storytelling and craft making. Stories and crafts can be provided or selected by volunteer.
Time Commitment: 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month at 10 am and repeating at 2 pm. Don’t have to volunteer for every Reading at the Refuge we are flexible.
How to Apply: Use the link below or contact Mackenzie Tietjen Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-467-9278.
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science
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Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge is seeking volunteers to help staff the BioBlitz Festival and Kids' Fishing Day activities on Saturday, June 13th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Over 400 people attend this festival and volunteers make the event run smoothly.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities, including staffing the Bug Tent, Fish Printing Station and Kid Craft Room; assisting with set-up and clean-up; helping teach kids the art of casting and rigging and most importantly helping everyone to have fun!
A BioBlitz is a 24-hour rapid survey of biological diversity. On June 12th and 13th, local scientists, naturalists, and volunteers will comb Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge to find and identify as many different species of plants and animals as possible. Although BioBlitzes are held across the country, this is Idaho’s only one!
The public is invited to attend the refuge’s 9th annual BioBlitz Festival on Saturday June 11th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. All activities are free, so please volunteer to help the Refuge deliver a fantastic event!
How to Apply: Please, call Mackenzie Tietjen at (208) 467-9278, email email@example.com for an application or simply use the link below to apply.
• Botany • Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Upper Mesa Falls is a remote site with a Visitor Center and amazing waterfall. It is a very busy place. We are looking for a special person or couple who like living away from cell phones, TV, and internet.
At the present time, we have two RV pads with water, sewer, and electric hook ups, but no cell or satellite available. We are mostly looking for someone to live on site for security reasons, and expect 20-25 hours help with site maintenance, and visitor information services in the visitor center. Some reimbursements may be available.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Remote site tucked away from the world with water, sewer, electric hook-up
• Construction/Maintenance • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Volunteer/s (1 or a couple) will assist the Recreation Tech with visitor contact, campground and dispersed site clean-up and maintenance, dispersed site restoration, road patrols (need a clean driving record with manual transmission vehicles). monitoring of floater use, dispersed site use, road counters, campground occupancy, and sign installation. Volunteer will work 5 days on 2 days off (mid-week days).
Duty location is the Krassel Work Center along the South Fork Salmon River. Semi-primitive housing at remote site (road access; no phone, computer or electric) is available. Reimbursement of $28/work day may be available. Needed skills would include: carpentry; public interaction; desire to work daily outside in all types of weather; ability to drive manual transmission pick-up truck.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: Propane cooking, refrigeration, lighting; very limited electric; laundry facilities; no phone service or computer access
Meadow Lake Campground is located at 9,200 feet elevation beside a 13-acre alpine lake. Access is by a two-wheel drive mountainous, gravel road.
Host duties at this very popular 18-site campground include providing information to visitors, keeping records of campground use, informing visitors of rules and regulations, daily toilet building cleaning, water system checks, and light maintenance around the campground. Must be present at campground Thursday through Sunday. A Forest Service radio will be provided.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Campground host site has water and septic hookup, no electric. Host to provide own trailer or camper.
• Campground Host • Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Campground hosts are being recruited for campgrounds on the McCall and New Meadows Ranger Districts. Volunteer campground hosts are our front-line representatives for the United States Forest Service. Few Forest Service employees have as much direct daily contact with members of the public as a volunteer campground host. This service is greatly appreciated by the agency and by the visiting public. We rely on our hosts to be courteous and friendly to forest visitors and provide information about rules and regulations and recreation opportunities.
Hosting Opportunities on the New Meadows and McCall Ranger Districts are available at the following campgrounds:
(1) Cold Springs: This popular campground is located approximately 3/4 mile from Lost Valley Reservoir. To access the campground, travel 8 miles west of New Meadows on Highway 95. Turn off on Forest Road 089, located at the Pine Ridge Store junction, just past the Tamarack saw mill. Travel up this improved gravel road 089 approximately 2 miles and when you get to the fork, turn left and follow the signs to the campground.
Lost Valley Reservoir is a popular site for motor boating and fishing. For additional information about Cold Springs, please visit:
(2) Grouse Creek: This campground is located on the banks of Goose Lake, and is a popular fishing spot. There are 22 sites available; 9 are reservable. There are plenty of reservoirs and mountain lakes nearby, so this makes a great base camp for fishing. To access the campground, travel 5 miles west from McCall on Hwy 55 to Goose Lake/Brundage Road. Turn right and go 9 miles north on Goose Lake Road. Turn left at the Grouse Campground sign onto Forest Road 273 and drive a quarter mile to the campground entrance.
There are numerous trails and water bodies that are popular for recreationists. For additional information about Grouse Creek, please visit:
(3) Upper Payette Lake: This campground is located along the shores of Upper Payette Lake, 17 miles from McCall, Idaho. It is a very busy and active campground, with a great deal of visitor use. To access the campground, take Highway 55 northwest out of the town of McCall. Turn right/east on the Warren Wagon Road/Highway 21. Travel north for 16 miles, and then turn left on FS Road 495. The campground is approximately one mile.
The campground has several interpretive and other trails in the area, as well as a boat ramp. To learn more about the Upper Payette Lake Campground, please visit:
A personal RV is required to be a host at all sites. The Forest Service will provide a campsite, assistance of $15/day, propane and a sewer hookup. Water is available at hand pumps. No electricity is available at campgrounds. All sites require visiting nearby recreation areas and mileage will be reimbursed at $0.56/mile.
The Forest Service provides all maintenance supplies, tools, and equipment to hosts volunteering at these sites. General maintenance duties include:
* Providing visitor information
* General assistance to visitors
* Cleaning and stocking restrooms
* Shoveling and cleaning out fire rings
* Monitoring the water system to ensure it is operating properly
* Sweeping parking spurs and roadways, as needed
* Reporting vandalism or facilities that are in need of repair
* Litter pick up
* Fee Compliance
About fee compliance duties: Ensuring that campers pay their fees is one of the host’s primary duties. Campground hosts conduct both morning and evening checks to verify that campers have paid their fees and are abiding by vehicle limits. The host records visitor information that is submitted to the Forest Service to verify payment. Hosts will request that visitors pay the fee when they have failed to do so. The Forest Service relies on these fees to operate and maintain our campgrounds.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer Description: A personal RV is required to be a host at all sites.
• Computers • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is currently seeking several long-term volunteers to staff the Eastern Idaho Visitor Information Center in downtown Idaho Falls, Idaho. The position will be indoors, answering and advising customers for four different agencies (Forest Service, BLM, Chamber of Commerce, and Idaho Falls Visitor & Convention Bureau.)
Duties would include, but would not be limited to: selling interpretive association books; Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management maps; issuing firewood / Christmas tree permits; and selling Chamber of Commerce products.
Prefer Volunteers with Natural Resource background in any of the disciplines but not required. Knowledge of local recreation opportunities is not required but highly suggested. Must like working with the public. No housing is provided.
• Campground Host • Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Live and work in beautiful Sawmill Canyon along the Little Lost River. Fairview Guard Station is a restored building that was built in 1933. This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated couple or individual who love to be outdoors and work with the public.
Volunteer would live at the site and be responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the guard station, as well as two developed campgrounds and two developed trailheads. Truck, tools and cleaning supplies will be provided. Volunteer may receive reimbursement for allowable expenses up to $24/day.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: Guard station has one bedroom, one bath, living room. Propane lights and appliances, hot water, no laundry facilities.
Volunteers will assist in the collection of vegetation data using common stand exam, photopoints and Brown's transect methods. This data is used to determine the current vegetation condition and results of past fire treatments on vegetation. Duties will include navigating to monitoring plot locations using Garmin or Trimble GPS units, data collection using hard copy data sheets or handheld Trimble units, tree and shrub species identification, map and compass use, and data entry or data transfer to the USFS monitoring database.
Volunteers will learn the fire ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem through the course of the summer. Volunteers need to be in sound physical condition since, at times, they may be required to hike with a 25 lb pack, to distances up to 6 miles in mountainous or hilly terrain.
There are two positions available and work will be completed on the Teton Basin and Palisades Ranger Districts. Volunteers will be compensated for mileage to duty station or project location at 0.56 cents/mile. At least one 8 to 10 hr day is expected each week to make this an effective volunteer opportunity and allow for efficient use of time in the field.
Opportunity is available June 1st through September 27th.
• Other • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Staffing the Johnny Sack Cabin, a charming hand-built cabin on the Idaho Historic Register.It is open 7 days a week from June until September.Volunteers are expected to work 4 days a week.This is an opportunity for couples or singles.
Duties are light maintenance, and talking to visitors about the cabin and Johnny Sack.Housing is available--a trailer pad with water, electric and sewer hook up.The RV site is currently at the Island Park Ranger Station but plans are underway to build a site closer to the cabin. Mileage and some reimbursements are available.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The Forest Service will provide a full RV hookup.
Campground Host needed for the Deadwood Reservoir area: Cozy Cove, Barneys, Howers, and Riverside Campgrounds (30 units total). The nearest facilities are in Lowman approximately 40 miles away. The area offers a more remote location for the adventurous volunteer. The host will be stationed at a Forest Service Station near the campgrounds where there are water hookups and tanks can be refilled and holding tanks emptied. 5,300 feet elevation. This volunteer position requires some campground cleanup and maintenance along with providing information and assistance to campground visitors.
As a Campground Host, you will typically be expected to greet campers; give directions, answer questions, and hand out pamphlets if available; help campers feel at home; perform minor maintenance and inspect the campground; possibly clean and/or stock restrooms; keep some records; and occasionally fill out forms. A Host must work well with people, be personable and neat in appearance. You may be required to be on-site five days per week, especially on weekends and heavy use holidays. A Host must generally be physically able to perform some raking, shoveling and sweeping. The most important job as a Campground Host is to provide an enjoyable camping experience for the public. The Host is the first and sometimes the only contact with campground users. Forest Service may provide vehicle for host duties. Reimbursement for subsistence and/or incidental expenses negotiable upon availability of funds.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: Camp site provided; must provide own trailer or RV.
• Other • Soil/Watershed • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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River/Reservoir Patrol: Two Opportunities available. Assists river patrol person in monitoring river use, checking for permit compliance, and monitoring resource impacts. Maintains visitor information at put-in and take-out facilities.
Housing may be available. Reimbursement for subsistence or travel will be negotiable dependent on availability of housing and funds. Prior whitewater raft experience and good physical condition required.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Housing may be available
Campground Host: Bull Trout Campground. Bull Trout Campground is located in a high elevation basin by Bull Trout and Martin Lakes. There are 38 sites with 4 equestrian campsites.
Opportunity is available for a couple or individual; dates are negotiable. Host duties at all sites will generally include providing information to visitors, bathroom cleaning, and litter pick-up.
As a Campground Host, you will typically be expected to greet campers; give directions, answer questions, and hand out pamphlets if available; help campers feel at home; perform minor maintenance and inspect the campground; possibly clean and/or stock restrooms; keep some records; and occasionally fill out forms. A Host must work well with people, be personable and neat in appearance. You may be required to be on-site five days per week, especially on weekends and heavy use holidays. A Host must generally be physically able to perform some raking, shoveling and sweeping. The most important job as a Campground Host is to provide an enjoyable camping experience for the public. The Host is the first and sometimes the only contact with campground users.
Reimbursement for subsistence, propane, sewage vault, and delivered water will be provided.
Forest Service personnel will patrol this campground on a daily basis. Limited Services in Lowman and nearby Garden Valley. All services located in Boise, which is an approximately 1.5-hour drive from the Lowman area.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: Must provide own trailer or RV. Camp site, propane, sewage vault, and delivered water will be provided.