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The Angeles National Forest will partner with the Los Angeles County Fair to host the America's Great Outdoors exhibit. We are looking for volunteers to engage with visitors, provide educational and informational messages, distribute environmental information and handouts, lead activities/games, etc. The fair will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, including holidays.
This agreement covers volunteer activities planned and administered directly by the America’s Great Outdoors Volunteers (AGOV), for the Angeles National Forest (ANF) and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument (SGMNM) at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds (Fairplex) in Pomona.
The AGOV group will work at the Los Angeles County Fair (LACF) at Destinations (areas) that enhance the outdoor experience and include, but are not limited to: the Welcome Center, Reptile House, crosscut saw, button making, Fire Lookout, OHV display, Native American exhibit, wild horse & burro exhibit, Where Urban Meets Wild path, Smokey games, Leave No Trace, mining exhibit, as well as participate in collateral duties (LACF parade, represent as a mascot or rover, Smokey’s 75th celebration, Smokey museum). AGO volunteers will engage with visitors, providing educational and informational messages throughout the exhibit.
AGO volunteers will help staff America’s Great Outdoors exhibit in the Los Angeles County Fair in partnership with ANF staff but may be asked to assist our partner agencies: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Los Angeles County Fire Department (LA Co. Fire). Volunteers staffing the AGO exhibit provide information and educate fairgoers on topics including, but not limited to, recreational opportunities, fire prevention information and fire restrictions, federal and public lands regulations, and environmental awareness by utilizing volunteer knowledge, reference materials, and handouts. All handouts will be provided by ANF and the partner agencies. When volunteers cannot answer a question, they will contact or refer the visitor to the appropriate agency or exhibit lead for assistance.
The AGO activities may include, but are not limited to, assisting in the following destination areas/sites, as assigned, based on need and ability:
Welcome Center: Distribute Adventure Guides to visitors and explain what kind of activities they will find throughout the AGO site. Explain how they can get their guide stamped (validated) at each activity for a prize. Answer questions about the site and the partner agencies;
Reptile House: Assist in the handling of live reptile species and providing educational materials relating to their life history, as instructed by the lead;
Crosscut Saw: Provide assistance to certified sawyer when visitors saw a “wood biscuit” for a memento, a safety presentation to fairgoers, and assistance with safety equipment. Explain history of Crosscut Sawing and why it’s still used today. Also, may include branding of wood biscuit with one of the various exhibit metal brands;
Button Making: Assist fairgoers in subject selection, coloring and assembling of wearable buttons promoting environmental conservation and education, as well as crowd/table control. Will include using cutting mats and cutters;
Fire Lookout: Staffing the Johnstone Peak Fire Lookout Tower, demonstrating the Osborne Firefinder and how to determine where smoke is on a map in relation to where it occurs on the ground, and providing general fire lookout information;
OHV Display: Provide safety materials, answer questions regarding proper riding techniques and describe locations to ride on Federal and Public Lands;
Wild Horse & Burro: Assist in the care of the wild horses and burros as instructed by the lead, as well as provide any information on the adoption program;
Where Urban Meets Wild: Provide visitors with information about the Nature Trail that includes: native plants, tree mortality display, native vegetation interactive display (Discovery Cubes), pollinator garden, and fuel ladder display;
Smokey Games: Greet visitors, explain Smokey’s Five Rules, provide assistance or lead various games/activities;
Leave No Trace: Greet visitors, explain the Leave No Trace concept, 7 principles of Leave No Trace and provide interaction with the Trash game and Good Path-Bad Path;
Mining: Provide interactive guidance with panning for gold. Explain history of gold mining in California and basic regulations or where to find regulations for mining in Southern California Mountains.
Various collateral duties/jobs include but are not limited to: Participation in the daily parade (ride on stakeside), being a rover who greets and directs fairgoers around/throughout the site, dress as agency character/mascot, and assist any partner agency during low staffing times.
This agreement does not include transportation to or from the Fairplex in Pomona. This agreement covers volunteers during work hours (shifts) as designated by the USFS LACF AGOV Lead. Volunteers will sign in and out daily for safety and accountability purposes. Shifts will start being scheduled in advance of the LACF with the AGOV lead. The AGOV lead may distribute individuals based on daily needs. Those who work will receive daily admission tickets and daily parking passes.
The AGOV lead will provide orientation sessions prior to the LACF start date. Volunteers who are unable to attend will be given a site orientation and specific instruction for the individual destination areas prior to their shift.
Volunteers will be trained in accordance with the partner agencies’ standard operating procedures and have signed JHAs for each task they perform.
Volunteers cannot perform law enforcement duties or serve as a union steward.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: No housing is provided.