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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.
Included in the district is Cave Run Lake, a 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.
Developed Recreation Volunteers work alongside Forest Service employees and crews to care for the recreation facilities within the National Forest. As members 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 installation, repair and improvement
Wastewater line installation, repair and improvement
Electrical line installation, repair and improvement
Sign placement and installation
Campsite constriction and/or re-construction
Dump site clean-up
Cleaning of recreation sites – including toilets
Concrete forming, pouring and repair
Roofing projects and repair
Construction and framing
Boat ramp and courtesy dock repair/replacement
Working with other crews
Hazard tree removal
The following experience and skills are highly desirable but not required for this position:
Experience with electrical, plumbing, painting, welding, heavy equipment operations, construction/building trades, landscaping, or farming/ranching, etc.
Required service hours: 24 hours per week and will include weekends. A 6-month minimum agreement is preferred but is flexible.
Start date March 2018 - end date November 2018.
Please be advised that applications are pooled and filled as needed.
Volunteers receiving housing or the use of a campsite are required to work a minimum of 24 hours per week. Maximum of 80 hours per bi-weekly period. Duty days fall between Monday-Friday. No required weekend work.
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.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering in the Daniel Boone National Forest!
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Housing is limited for volunteers in this area of the Ranger District. There is an RV site at the Stanton Work Center that may be available on a case-by-case basis. Housing will only be offered to a volunteer who provides a minimum of 24 service hours per week.