Provides visitor services to park visitors and performs light administrative and house keeping tasks at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Interpretive Center.
Volunteers perform the following services:
Explain interpretive opportunities to visitors entering the Interpretive Center.
Rove exhibit gallery to assist visitors in obtaining a deeper understanding of park cultural and natural resources.
Assist with Jr. Ranger programs for children at the Interpretive Center desk.
Maintain brochure inventory.
Assist with administrative tasks including visitor use statistics, library organization, copying and filing, tidying/cleaning common work areas, and making buttons for public distribution.
Operate park radios and phones.
Welcome visitors to the interpretive center.
Maintain and clean visitor center exhibits and children’s area.
Explain park regulations to visitors and the importance of such to preserving park resources.
Teamwork: All volunteers must show a willingness to work and get along with a wide variety of co-workers and visitors.
Professional Image: In the eyes of the visitors, the volunteer is the BLM. Thus, volunteers are expected to present a professional image of the BLM in their dress, grooming, and demeanor.
Customer Service: A genuine desire to insure that each visitor has an enjoyable experience at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is essential as is enthusiasm for the area's resources..
Youth and Family Centered: Volunteers should enjoy working with children and families that visit Yaquina Head.
Physical Ability: Ability to stand for long periods of time is desirable, but not required.
Volunteers are requested to complete a four hour shift at least twice a month. Shifts are available most days. Morning shifts are 9:45-1, afternoon shifts are 12:45-4:15. Shifts may change with the seasons.
On occasion, volunteers may be requested to work at special evening events.
Volunteers may work weekends and holidays.
Although there is no monetary compensation, volunteers enjoy the beautiful setting, working with professional staff, a modern, well-designed Interpretive Center, friendly visitors to share information with, and free entrance to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.
Volunteers are supervised by the on-site Volunteer Program Coordinator, who will arrange schedules, training and performance reviews.
PARK AREA INFORMATION:
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (YHONA) is a 100-acre day-use park managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The park is located on a prominent headland just three miles north of Newport, on Oregon’s scenic central coast. Nestled comfortably between the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Range, the city of Newport offers many amenities including a modern recreation center, performing arts center, visual arts center, and public library all within the relaxed atmosphere of a small coastal town.
Like much of the Pacific Northwest coast, winters at Yaquina Head are generally cool, wet, and windy. Storm-watching attracts many visitors to the Oregon Coast during the winter. However, the park rarely experiences freezing temperatures. Summers are generally dry with daily periods of fog, sun, and afternoon winds.
Throughout the year visitors come to view harbor seals and tidepool life at Cobble Beach and Quarry Cove. Over 20,000 seabirds nest during the spring and summer on the headland’s cliffs and near-shore rocks. California Gray Whales can be observed migrating during spring and early winter, but whales are often sighted at other times of the year too. The Yaquina Head Lighthouse, at the tip of the headland, has been functioning as a navigational aid since 1873. The site is open year-round and has approximately 450,000 visitors each year.
THE INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM MISSION:
The Bureau of Land Management at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area seeks to utilize the area’s unique natural and historic resources to provide a broad spectrum of interpretive opportunities that inform, inspire, and involve a diverse public in the stewardship of coastal resources.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: No housing is available. This position is offered to residents in the local commuting area (Lincoln County) only.