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We are now taking applications for U.S. Forest Service volunteers on the Cumberland Ranger District. We pride ourselves on offering excellent volunteer opportunities for individuals and couples. 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 can work with your school to create internships to earn you college credit.
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 Morehead is nearby (about 10 miles away) with many stores such as Walmart, Kroger, a hospital, etc. Larger cities of Winchester and Lexington are about 40-60 minutes away with many more restaurants, shops, horse racing, and entertainment venues.
Developed Recreation Volunteers work alongside forest service employees and crews to care for the recreation facilities within the forest. As a member of the Cumberland District team volunteers are expected to perform work and conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner with other workers and the public. Our volunteers receive formal, informal, and on the job training to help ready them for the duties they perform. These duties include but are not limited to:
Water line leak observer (outside of normal business operation hours/weekends)
Wastewater lift station and collection system monitor, and repair if necessary and possible (outside of normal business operation hours/weekends)
Wastewater collection system repair/maintenance and repair if necessary and possible (outside of normal business operation hours/weekends)
Working with other crews outside regular work hours i.e. electrical companies as necessary
Forest Service observer (outside of normal business operation hours/weekends)
Other duties to meet recreation program needs
The following experience and skills are highly desirable but not required for this position:
Background in wastewater systems operations and/or monitoring, experience with electrical, plumbing, painting, welding, heavy equipment operations, construction/building trades, landscaping, or farming/ranching, etc.
Volunteers receiving housing or the use of a campsite are required to serve a minimum of 24 hours per week (maximum of 80 hours per bi-weekly period). Position requires weekend work (recurring or on occasion depending on position and staffing levels).
Please be advised that applications are pooled and filled as needed.
All positions typically last from 6 to 12 months. Dates can be flexible to accommodate your schedule yet may require working weekends and holidays, (depending on position) as well as being present for employee training meetings/classes. Hours may be reduced between Labor Day and Memorial Day.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: RV sites with hookups are available to volunteers who fill this vacancy and provide a minimum of 24 hours of service per week. Sites are filled on a first come first serve basis. The district reserves the right to make site assignments when necessary.