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POSITION TITLE: Operations Volunteer/Docent at the Sacajawea Center
SERVICE TERM: 24-32 hours per week/ May 15 – September 16 (moderately flexible on start and end dates)
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION: Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural & Educational Center and the City of Salmon, Idaho
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION’S MISSION: The Sacajawea Center’s mission is to foster the knowledge and appreciation of the Agaidika Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Western frontier life, and the natural environment.
The Sacajawea Center interprets the rich cultural and natural history of the Salmon and Lemhi River Country, deepening people’s connection to the unique place this area holds in our nation’s history, which was shaped in part by the Lewis & Clark Expedition and Sacajawea as well as her people, the Agaidika Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
LOCATION: Serving in Salmon, located in east central Idaho, offers a great opportunity for an individual or couple seeking a summer experience in a unique and interesting setting. Salmon is the gateway to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the homeland of Sacajawea and her tribe, and the self-proclaimed whitewater capital of the world. Here you will find rugged peaks, alpine lakes, the famous Salmon River, and front row seats to prominent parts of American history. This stunning landscape inspires reverence and observation as well as offers unlimited opportunities for hiking, fishing, mountain biking, camping, boating, and many other recreational activities.
The Sacajawea Center is one of a kind. Opened in 2003 to commemorate the Lewis and Clark bicentennial, the Center boasts 71 acres with walking trails, an interpretive center, an amphitheater, a dog park, the Learning Center with space for meetings, performances, art shows and parties, a rustic 75-seat theater, a community garden, and the Salmon Outdoor School where primitive and ancestral skills classes are held weekly. The Center partners with twelve local agencies and organizations that provide rich layers of content and support and were instrumental in bringing the park to fruition.
Mailing address: Sacajawea Center, 200 Main Street, Salmon, ID 83467
Physical address: 2700 Main Street
POSITION SUMMARY: Perfect for an individual or couple with their own RV, who are interested in cultural and natural history! The volunteers assist in creating positive, memorable experiences for visitors and community members at the Sacajawea Center. Their primarily role is in providing visitor services and site maintenance but may support all aspects of operations at the Center, including educational programming and events. Volunteers each serve up to 32 hours per week (which may include weekends and holidays). All volunteers will have specific duties and scheduled times of service after discussion with the Center’s director upon arrival.
Greeting visitors, answering questions and providing tourist information and being readily accessible to the public while on duty
Staffing the Interpretive Center, collecting admission fees, and providing information as needed (at least one, five-hour shift each week, more as needed)
Working with a team on site maintenance and grounds upkeep.
Informing visitors of rules and regulations and notifying staff if action is needed
Walking the trail system, engaging visitors
Supporting groups renting Center facilities
Other duties as assigned may include:
Checking restrooms for cleanliness
Cleaning sinks, mirrors, toilets, etc. as assigned
Restocking paper supplies
Removing litter/debris and emptying trash onsite
Weeding shrub/flower beds and trimming vegetation
Mowing and maintaining lawns using riding/push mowers and trimmers as assigned
Applying mulch and other top dressings
Watering trees and lawn areas, flower pots/beds with hoses and sprinklers as needed
Replacing light bulbs and other maintaining buildings as needed
May develop trail-side stations or special programs for visitors
Emergency Operations: (as needed)
In the absence of staff, take appropriate action during visitor or maintenance emergencies: identify problems, obtain relevant information, and notify appropriate authorities (staff, police, ambulance, etc.)
Equipment Operation: (only if properly trained)
During the performance of duties listed above, may operate and help maintain a variety of equipment, such as pick-up truck, electric powered golf cars, riding and push mowers, backpack and walk-behind blowers, power trimmers, and weed eaters
Special Projects: (as needed)
Assisting with special projects related to operations
These projects can be structured to the volunteer’s interests and talents.
Campsite equipped with water, electricity, and sewer hook-ups
City vehicle provided for work-related driving needs
Worker’s compensation while serving
Complete orientation and training
Continual evaluation and feedback on performance
Work shirt and name tag provided
Garden space available for growing vegetables etc.
Personal vehicle mileage may be reimbursed for project work
A beautiful location for a seasonal position
Open until filled. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Prior to first day of service, volunteer(s) must pass a background check and sign a volunteer and RV site use agreement.
After receiving your online application we may ask you to provide the following information:
Skills and Experience - past/current occupation; hobbies/skills that may help in your volunteer work; relevant work/volunteer experience; past volunteer/host experience; duties you feel most comfortable doing; duties you feel least comfortable doing
Availability - time frame you could be onsite; number of adults and youth in your party; pet/type/how many; type and length of camping unit; # of slide-outs; any extra vehicles? Special accommodations you would need as a volunteer.
List contact information for 3 references who can speak to your quality of service in a professional capacity (no relatives); Have you OR ANYONE IN YOUR PARTY ever been convicted of or entered a plea of guilty, no contest, or had a withheld judgment to a felony or a misdemeanor? If YES, please briefly explain include dates.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions!
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Gravel RV pad with 30 & 50 amp electric as well as water and sewer hook ups. 2 pads available for 2 couples or individuals.