• Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness
Boasting the deepest lake in the United States as well as one of the snowiest inhabited places in North America, Crater Lake is a wonder any time of year. Despite the heavy snowfall, the park has relatively mild winter temperatures, with daily highs averaging 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit. From November to June, the park’s North Entrance Road and 33-mile Rim Drive are closed to cars and filled in with snow. . The park offers excellent opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding. Highway 62 and the road to Rim Village are open all year. The nearest supermarkets and major shopping facilities are 60 miles away in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Reliable personal transportation is strongly recommended. Nearby attractions include Redwood National & State Parks, Lava Beds National Monument, and the Oregon coast.
This position requires living and working at altitudes of 6,400 to 7,100 feet above sea level.
80% of the Volunteer’s time is spent time operating the backcountry permit office at Canfield Ranger Station. The volunteer will orient visitors to the park, provide information on recreational opportunities best practices and Leave No Trace Principles, issue backcountry permits, record visitor use, collecting weather and snow data, process the park’s lost and found, assist with winter trip planning. The volunteer will also provide information via phone, mail, and e-mail on backcountry camping and lost and found.
20% of the Volunteers time is spent is performing backcountry patrols on skis or snow shoes. This includes checking permit for compliance, readjusting trail sign and rope lines, conducting Preventive Search and Rescue (PSAR), and assisting Visitor Resource and Protection division with non-Law Enforcement Emergency Services duties. This position serves weekends and holidays.
As time and skills permit, the volunteer may also have opportunities to assist with special projects. These may include creating backcountry exhibits, updating and/or writing park backcountry handouts, and updating the park’s backcountry webpage.
Special Requirements for the position:
Strong customer services skills
Ability to learn quickly and work independently
Wear a volunteer uniform
Basic computer skills
Winter recreations skills experience
Ability to ski, snow shoe, or hike in variety of weather conditions and terrain with a minimum 35 lbs. pack at elevations around 7,000 feet.
Ability to shovel snow for extended periods of time.
Ability to live in a remote, mountainous location with frequent storms and roads that can be snow-packed and icy.
Dates & Hours:
Winter volunteers will start in February and serve through March 30 (or longer, if desired). Volunteers will serve 8 hours per day, four days a week. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Work schedule is typically 4 days on, 3 days off.
Both individuals and couples are welcome to apply, but couples will not be able to share the same days off
Job specific training provided by the park
Cross country skis, snow shoes, avalanche and winter camping equipment available to use.
$15 dollar a day worked stipend
Housing with Wi-Fi, washer, dryer, and satellite TV.
Avalanche awareness training.
Training on winter snow camping and SAR skills to include rope and sled work
Enjoy other training offered Crater Lake Ski Patrol; cross country skiing lessons, First Aid/CPR/AED, continuing educations for EMT, land navigation, avalanche level 1 etc.
Be part of a tight-knit volunteer community with opportunities to socialize and ski/snow shoe with other volunteers and employees.
•America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass (your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites) after 250 hours of service
How to Apply:
Applicants are encouraged to e-mail a cover letter and resume to email@example.com or mail to Heidi Barker, Backcountry Manager, P.O. Box 7, Crater Lake, OR 97604. Please include your dates of availability, and a list of 3 references with phone numbers. Thanks for your interest!
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: Housing is provided free of charge. The volunteer will live in a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house within walking distance (6 minutes) of the Canfield Ranger Station & Backcountry Office. The volunteer will have a private bedroom but will have one or two housemates. The house has a washer & dryer (free of charge) and free satellite TV (with a decent selection of channels). There is no cell phone reception, but the house has free wireless internet and a landline with free local calls. Internet access is also available on government computers at the backcountry office after work hours. The volunteer will have access to the park’s physical fitness center, which is also outfitted with satellite TV. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate volunteers with RVs in the winter due to deep snow, and pets are not allowed in volunteer housing.