• Campground Host • Historical Preservation • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance
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Site Description: The Rogue River Ranch is a remote and beautiful historic ranch located just on the edge of the Wild Rogue Wilderness and within the boundaries of the Wild Section of the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River corridor. The ranch is located within the rugged canyon of the Rogue River nestled at the base of mountains in the Pacific Northwest. It is approximately 53 river miles below the city of Grants Pass. By road from Glendale it is west about 45 miles. It is managed by the Grants Pass Resource Area of the Medford District BLM. Travel time from Medford is 2 ½ hours.
Benefits: You will have the opportunity to live and work at the beautiful Rogue River Ranch through spring and into fall. Living quarters (house) and utilities are provided by the BLM and a daily per person reimbursement rate of $25 is provided to help offset volunteer expenses. You will meet visitors from all over the world and perhaps even make new friends. Visitors may include white water rafters, hikers, campers, backpackers, and anglers. You may get the opportunity to float the Wild and Scenic Rogue River while becoming informed about the history and recreationally rich area you may call home for the summer. The Ranch location is remote and there are times when you will experience the feeling of isolation and solitude especially during the months of April, May, late September and October. While there may be hundreds of visitors in the peak of the season, fewer visitors stop during the shoulder season. While some people enjoy these slower times, careful thought needs to enter into your consideration before applying for the Ranch Caretaker volunteer positions.
Position Description: Volunteers will work as caretakers and will be representatives of the Bureau of Land Management. Duties for general upkeep of the ranch grounds and buildings are general in nature. They include but aren’t limited to:
1. Mowing and trimming the lawn and fields as needed. This is accomplished by riding lawnmowers, self-propelled walk behind mowers, weed eaters and grass cutting attachments to a farm tractor. 2. Managing a clock controlled irrigation system which includes 10 sprinkler zones and the ability to do minor maintenance and repairs to this system as needed. 3. Manually watering the Ranch grounds. Using water hoses with attached sprinklers manually moved as needed. Hand watering of flower beds and other areas as needed. 4. Planting and maintaining the vegetable garden for public display and personal consumption. This garden helps to offset your cost of living while providing visitors a means of interaction with you in your role as the caretakers. 5. Daily monitoring of a small public drinking water system. This includes simple water quality testing and record keeping. 6. Cleaning and restocking with toilet paper, for two “river toilets” and one vault toilet located on the Ranch grounds. 7. Cleaning the different buildings at the Ranch which includes sweeping and mopping as needed. The main House will need to be swept and mopped daily during the two or three busiest months. 8. General monitoring of Tucker Flat Campground. This is mainly just keeping an eye on conditions and use of the recreation site. 9. Public Contact including assisting with emergencies. Being Volunteer Caretakers at the Rogue River Ranch means you are representing the Bureau of Land Management. You might be the only BLM representatives some visitors meet.