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Are you looking for a 2019 summer adventure? Are you thinking about a career as a forest ranger or guide? Do you want to do some exploration to determine if this is the career for you? Or, have you taken a Certified Interpretive Guide course with National Association for Interpretation and need experience? Look no further: Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands have an amazing volunteer opportunity at Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center (HMERC) in picturesque setting on the Oglala National Grasslands in Crawford, NE.
Visitor Center Brief Summary:
The Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center (HMERC) is located in a picturesque, rural setting on the Oglala National Grassland, south of the Black Hills of South Dakota in Crawford, Nebraska. HMERC houses one of the most important discoveries of archaeology and paleontology in North America. The bone bed enclosure houses an estimate 600 Bison Antiquus from 9,000 to 10,000 years ago. HMERC provokes questions such as why, who, and how the Bison Antiquus have come to rest in this one place on Oglala National Grasslands.
From approximately Memorial Day to Labor Day each year, HMERC is open to the public 5 days a week from Wednesday to Sunday. Hudson-Meng Volunteer Interpretation program provide volunteers with hand-on training and resources to develop or strengthen interpretation skills by interacting with visitors at heritage visitor center. Volunteers will assist Forest Service rangers with staffing the visitor center, and share with visiting public information about history, preservation, and grasslands natural resources.
Day-to-day duties will vary to allow volunteers a wide range of experiences, such as assisting Forest Service personnel in designing and providing interpretive programs for the public. Topics will includes archaeology, history, paleoecology, and paleontology. Assist with project development of educational materials about Hudson-Meng and Toadstool Geologic Park; participate with outreach event to help promote the Hudson-Meng. Additionally, volunteer is expected to assist Forest/Grasslands staff with routine maintenance/cleaning of the facility.
All volunteers are expected to develop and provide interpretive tours that fit within their education field or topic of interest, related to Hudson-Meng in order to share public awareness of its cultural resources. Hudson-Meng staff and supervisor will serve as mentors to volunteers by provide guidance and resources as the tours and outreach products are developed.
The project leader is willing to sponsor undergraduate or graduate students who wish to earn college credit by completing an independent study or internship program through their respective academic institutions. If interested in receiving academic credit for the summer project, please indicate this on your application, and discuss with the project leader if you are selected. This is a unique opportunity, and makes the Hudson-Meng volunteer Interpretation project an especially attractive fit for interested college students consider career as park ranger or park guide! Applications will be accepted only until filled for each session, so apply today!
Five session from May 22 -September 6, 2019.
Session 1: May 22-June 16, 2019 (26 days) (position has been filled)
Session 2: June 12-July 7, 2019 (26 days) (available)
Session 3: July 3-July 28, 2019 (26 days) (available)
Session 4: July 24-August 18 (26 days) (available)
Session5: August 14-September 6 (24 days) (available)
Volunteer must commit to a minimum of at least one entire four-week session; may participate in more with HMERC project leader’s approval. Each volunteer is expected to provide a minimum of 24 hours of help per week.
Number of Openings:
One volunteer per session, and applications will be accepted until filled, so apply today! (A second volunteer may be added if it is determined that more help is needed during the summer.)
No special skills are required, but any experience in the following is helpful: education, interpretation, exhibits design, and knowledge of High Plains archaeology, ecology, and/or history.
18 years old.
22 miles to Crawford NE, 42 miles to Chadron NE, and about 64 miles to Hot Springs, SD.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: volunteers are allow to camp, at no charge, at dedicated research campground right next to the visitor center facility; there are modern bathrooms and showers (private each for men and women) facility. There is weather port kitchen with two gas stoves, a refrigerator, freezer, and potable water. The water has been known to go down, but not often. Several electrical outlets are scattered throughout the campground and can be used, if needed. Camping areas are undeveloped and everyone is responsible for their own tent and camping equipment. Low profile, heavy duty tents, and related outdoor gear are a MUST due to possible extreme thunderstorms, hailstorms, and high winds. RVs allowed in campgrounds if within size limits (determined case-by-case); no water or sewer hookups. Volunteers are responsible for meal and transportation. The road from highway 2/71 to Hudson-Meng site is unpaved and can become muddy after heavy rain.