During the period from May 15 to September 15, the volunteer may serve as a "live in" Recreation Maintenance volunteer on the National Forest for at least a 90-day period. Volunteers will be expected to work 24 hours for single occupants & 48 hours for couples per week. The primary responsibility is to work on special projects and/or maintenance projects. Recreational Maintenance volunteers require knowledge of general maintenance, landscaping skills and must have at least one of the following skills: carpentry, ability to drive a tractor, operate a front loader, welding, electrical, concrete work, ranching/farming, small engine repair, etc.
Recreation Maintenance volunteers also serve as additional “eyes and ears” when working around administrative sites and in developed and dispersed recreation areas. Volunteers are expected to work efficiently with limited daily supervision under the leadership of a volunteer appointed as crew leader or may report directly to designated Forest Service staff. Transportation, tools, equipment and training are provided while working in recreation areas use areas or within Administrative Sites.
Recreation Maintenance volunteers provide routine and deferred maintenance of grounds and facilities, and/or conduct routine service and repairs to Forest Service tools and equipment. Volunteers may work alone on specifically assigned projects or may work as part of a team to identify the maintenance needs. Work projects may range anywhere from landscaping, mowing, weed-eating, tree trimming, hedging, painting, sweeping sidewalks, cleaning gutters and stairways, replacing and installing signage, removing litter and debris, maintaining dumpsters, removing graffiti, cleaning up abandoned campfires, and emptying fire grills and/or special projects. Special projects may include small engine repairs, design and metal fabrication, solar equipment maintenance, working with watercraft, installation of kiosks or signage, revegetation of forest plants, and earthwork and excavation projects.