• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness
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The Backcountry Steward Program takes information and SAFETY to the trails! Backcountry Stewards hike White Mountain trails giving important safety, weather, and trail information to fellow hikers along the way. Stewards serve as eyes and ears for the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) hiking to priority areas set forth by WMNF staff. Stewards not only serve as a source of information but engage in light project work aimed at keeping backcountry areas pristine. The Backcountry Steward season runs from mid-May through mid-October.
This is a hiker safety program - Engaging the public as a volunteer and making them aware of environmental hazards, especially when encountering hikers who are ill-prepared
Conduct backcountry patrols on WMNF hiking trails. Patrols will focus on contacting the public and performing light maintenance such as dispersing fire rings and picking up trash
Submit patrol reports documenting conditions found and improvements needed
Good communication skills, ability to work independently in remote settings
Ability to professionally represent the WMNF while wearing a volunteer uniform
Ability to hike, carry a pack and hand tools, and work in steep terrain
Work independently in an outdoor setting to assist forest visitors
Perform physically demanding yet gratifying outdoor work
WMNF recreation pass with 16 hours of service
America the Beautiful Pass (your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites) after 250 hours of volunteer service
This program is closely tied to the Trailhead Steward Program. Those interested in this program must complete the annual classroom Trailhead / Backcountry Steward training (April 4th,2020) and attend a Backcountry Steward field training, dates TBD.
Other training possibilities include First Aid / CPR, Leave No Trace, forest rules and regulations
• Conservation Education • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness
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Trailhead Steward - Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR)
The White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) is a recreation destination for hikers around the world. With over 1200 miles of trails, the WMNF sees 5 to 6 million visitors a year, and numbers are on the rise! This rise in visitation has also brought an uptick in the number of search and rescue incidents as more and more unprepared hikers hit the trail. This program seeks to combat this issue through its mission.
The Trailhead Steward Program encourages outdoor safety and conservation in the WMNF by interacting with hikers, backpackers and climbers at trailheads to promote responsible enjoyment and protection of public land.
Choose one of five busy trailheads to staff on weekends—typical shift is 4-5 hrs, two shifts required. This program runs from mid-May through mid-October.
This is a HIKER SAFETY program! Provide safety, weather and leave no trace information to forest visitors at trailheads before they begin their trip
Ability to approach forest visitors and educate on outdoor safety while representing the WMNF in a volunteer uniform
Good communication skills!
Knowledge of White Mountain trails and fluency in French a plus
Ability to work in a team setting and independently if desired
Required annual classroom training provided every spring - April 4th, 2020
On the job training is provided through Lead Volunteer Stewards
Enjoy other training offered throughout the year; First Aid/CPR/AED, defensive drivers training, sign installation training, etc.
This position provides an opportunity to offer advice to fellow hikers and to prevent costly search and rescue by advising those who are under prepared
Volunteer uniform provided; Safety orange Tshirt, hat, uniform shirt
Be part of a tight-knit volunteer community with opportunities to socialize and hike with other volunteers
Choose your own hours and shifts through an easy to use online signup system. There are many shifts to choose from, May - October, which can accommodate the busiest schedules!
Ability to get involved in a wide variety of volunteer programs once you get your feet wet; backcountry steward, woodshop volunteer, fairs and special events, etc.
WMNF Annual Recreation Pass-16 hours of service
America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass (your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites) after 250 hours of service
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
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The National Map Corps - Volunteer Map Editor
Volunteers collect structures data for The National Map using our online mapping application. Structures include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations, cemeteries, and other important public buildings. Volunteers check the location of existing structure points against aerial imagery to verify that it is on the correct building, and confirm that the name and address information are correct using authoritative sources (e.g. official school district website). Volunteers also add missing structure points to the map, and remove points for structures that no longer exist. By updating and verifying structures data across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, volunteers are making significant contributions to USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately U.S. Topo Maps!
If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating! You do not need to live in any particular area to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.
Volunteers earn virtual badges for participating and are recognized for their contributions (with permission) via USGS and The National Map social media.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: This volunteer activity is done from your home or anywhere with Internet access.
• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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MUST VOLUNTEER FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AND OCCASIONAL MONDAY FOR A HOLIDAY.
PERSON MUST BE WILLING AND ABLE TO CLEAN BATHROOMS.
Do you have a passion for the outdoors and enjoy working with people? The White Mountain National Forest has an awesome opportunity for active retirees! We are currently seeking a part-time volunteer Visitor Information / Office Assistant to join us at the National Forest headquarters located in Campton, New Hampshire, off exit 27 on I-93 or Lincoln Woods Visitor Center located in Lincoln, New Hampshire, off exit 32 on Kancamagus Highway.
The position at the Forest headquarters, you will be providing Forest Information to walk-in visitors, communicating over the phone, directing calls, and performing minor retail operations.
Outdoor recreationalists find Lincoln Woods an excellent starting point for summer activities. There are unlimited recreational opportunities in the White Mountain National Forest.
We are seeking a volunteer to assist the Recreation and Facilities Programs by helping with various projects at our cabin at Lincoln Woods.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Use of power tools to cut, route, sand and drill wood
Taking down and installing signs in the field using hand/power/cordless tools
Painting preparation such as washing and scraping
Protecting ground and other surfaces from paint splatter with the use of ground cloths, painter’s tape, etc.
Painting with brushes, rollers, spray cans, etc.
Cleanup of site and equipment
Cleaning toilets and removing trash in recreation sites
Assisting in the care and maintenance of any vehicles used for to perform duties
The volunteer should always have a professional, courteous and helpful attitude when dealing with all members of the public, fellow volunteers and Forest Service employees. The volunteer will be trained in and adhere to all Forest Service safety and customer service procedures.
Required skills and abilities:
Standing and sitting for long periods
Light to moderate lifting, 15 – 50 lbs.
Not adversely effected by dust, loud noise, paint and chemical fumes
Familiarity with common power tools.
A valid driver’s license and good driving record
Ability to drive on gravel, dirt and paved roads in all weather conditions for a few hours at a time, occasionally towing a utility trailer
Other helpful (not required) skills and abilities:
High skill level in use of common power tools such as router, table saw, etc.
Woodworking or sign maker background
The ideal candidate should enjoy a stimulating work environment and be willing to contribute a minimum of three 8-hour days per week between May 3 and November 2, 2020.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: A full hookup campsite is available in exchange for 24 hours of volunteering each week. Max RV/Travel Trailer length is 25'