• Botany • Computers • Conservation Education • Research Library • Historical Preservation • Office/Clerical • Soil/Watershed • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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We are now taking applications for U.S. Forest Service volunteers on the Cumberland Ranger District in the Red River Gorge. We pride ourselves on offering excellent volunteer opportunities for individuals and couples.
The district holds an abundance of recreational opportunities such as hiking, world-class rock climbing, canoeing/kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, and hunting. The town of Stanton is nearby (about 20 miles away) with many basic stores such as a Kroger, auto parts stores, some restaurants, ect. Larger cities of Winchester and Lexington are about 45-60 minutes away with many more restaurants, shops, horse racing, and entertainment venues.
The Forest Service will provide supervision, mentorship, and training that will lead to valuable professional experience, which can be documented on future federal employment applications. We also work with students to design internships to fulfill their requirements for college.
Interpretation and Conservation Education (ICE) Rangers’ duties include conducting research for, preparing, and presenting interpretive tours and programs to the public both in the field and at the Gladie Culture and Environmental Learning Center, located in the heart of the Red River Gorge Geological Area. There, you will spend much of your time orienting visitors to the Red River Gorge, providing valuable information on recreational opportunities, showing films in the center’s theater, and answering questions about the forest’s natural and cultural history.
You will also give interpretive tours, wear period costumes, and provide hands-on demonstrations of rare and/or disappearing skills and crafts common in the Appalachians as time and conditions allow. When not at Gladie, programs will be given at trailheads, points of interest, and at the historic Gladie Cabin. You will also be able to assist with numerous special events such as Living Archeology Weekend, trout stockings, fishing derbies, and Herpetology Olympics, amongst others. As time and skills permit, you may also have opportunities to assist with special projects such as creating visitor center exhibits, updating and/or writing forest brochures, and improving online content.
Included in the district is Cave Run Lake, an 8,270-acre lake that provides flood protection and a clean water supply to area communities. Tourists enjoy the lake for its scenery and excellent recreation opportunities.
Please be advised that applications are pooled and filled as needed.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Volunteer housing is available in the form of an on-site apartment at Gladie, and a trailer/bunkhouse at Stanton Workcenter nearby.