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Borders on Washington and Some of the Project is in Oregon
Visitor Center Host (Interpretation) Washington Shore Visitor Center Complex:
Provide high quality interpretive services to enhance visitor experiences in the busy visitor centers. Staff the visitor center and bookstores, greet visitors, answer visitor questions, inventory lost/found items, handle cash, provide good customer service, educate visitors about park rules, provide informal/formal interpretive programs including roving, orientations and presentations, and promote water safety. Work long hours while being on your feet, walk up to a half mile, lift up to 50 lbs.
Located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon; Bonneville Lock and Dam is a National Historic Landmark that includes two powerhouses, a navigation lock, fish passage, and a large visitor center spread over several buildings. Construction started in 1933 as one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” projects during The Great Depression as the first federal dam on the Columbia River. Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it is capable of providing over 1,200 MW of power to the Northwest. Ten million tons of commodities pass through the navigation lock per year. Adjacent to the dam is the Bonneville Fish Hatchery which opened in 1909 and is one of the oldest hatcheries in Oregon and the largest in terms of fish production. The hatchery is operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The mission of the Bonneville Lock and Dam Interpretive Services Program is to tell the Corps’ story, to provoke learning, help visitors relate to the site and reveal messages about the Corps in the region.
Cognitive, verbal and auditory ability to answer questions and communicate with various constituents who call or stop into the visitor center complex, desire to meet and interact with persons from varied backgrounds, able to commit to a minimum of 2 to 3 months, experience/skills in interpretation/education, accountable for handling cash and accurately completing opening/closing cash reconciliation forms, ability to pass a criminal background check, visitor center experience.
SCHEDULE FOR VOLUNTEERS CAMPING ON SITE:
1. RV sites are available March 15 through November 15.
2. Maximum of 30 hours per week. More hours may be requested.
3. Facilities open 7 days-a-week. Work may include Sundays and holidays.
4. Preference for RV sites will be given to sites being occupied by two people due to staffing requirements. Size requirements of RVs also considered.
SCHEDULE FOR COMMUTER VOLUNTEERS:
1. Local Commuter Volunteers work a minimum of one eight-hour work day per week.
HOW TO APPLY:
Apply online at volunteer.gov. Volunteer Coordinator will be notified of application. Applications will be collected through August 15 for the following year and extended as needed. Positions will be selected by the end of October. Interviews, reference and background checks will be conducted.
Resumes, applications and other information can be mailed directly to the Volunteer Coordinator.
Volunteer Coordinator, Bonneville Lock and Dam US Army Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 150 Cascade Locks, Oregon 97014-0150
Or contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Volunteer Clearinghouse www.corpslakes.us/volunteer 1-800-VOL-TEER (865-8337) (Updated 09/28/2018)
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: COMPENSATION/TRAINING/EXPERIENCE PROVIDED:
RV Volunteers: Full RV hook ups, free Wi-Fi, washer and dryer.
Local commuter Volunteers: May be compensated for mileage. Necessary Training for all volunteers includes interpretive skills, cash handling, customer service, public speaking, communication plus a thorough orientation to the US Army Corps of Engineers and Bonneville Lock and Dam.