Oregon - Deschutes NF
Closed! Elk Lake Guard Station Staffing and Interpretation 2020
Historic Elk Lake Guard Station
June 18-September 9, 2020 (including weekend)
Volunteers must commit to at least 1 entire session; may participate in more
Each session will be two weeks in duration. Sessions will begin on Thursday morning and end on Monday evening. Days off will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
1) June 18–July 1 Filled
2) July 2–15
3) July 16–29 Filled
4) July 30–August 12 Filled
5) August 13–26 Filled
6) August 27–Sept 9 Filled
Historic Elk Lake Guard Station lies along the beautiful and popular Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway. It was originally built in 1929, and was afterward in regular use for almost seven decades. In the late 1990s, after the log cabin was “de-commissioned” as a full-time Forest Service guard station, it was in dire need of maintenance and repair. From 1998-2001, the Forest Service and Passport in Time volunteers worked to restore the landmark. In 2001, the guard station, eventually listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), re-opened its doors as a Forest Service visitor’s center and interpretive historic site. Since that time, PIT volunteers have been recruited and trained to staff Elk Lake Guard Station, and serve as professional-caliber information/interpretation specialists for the site’s thousands of annual visitors.
Continuing that tradition, we need your help as uniformed Forest Service representatives again this year. During their assigned hours (usually 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.), volunteers will keep the station clean and tidy, and will provide a full range of information and interpretive services to visitors. These services will include (though will not be limited to): responses to inquiries related to Deschutes NF and Central Oregon recreation and travel facilities and opportunities; interpretation of the history of Elk Lake GS and the Forest Guard; explanation of outdoor etiquette, and National Forest rules and regulations; providing the public with current publications and other material at current cost; accounting for sales funds; assuring security of the Guard Station and the contents of its buildings; assisting in emergency situations (as qualified); maintaining a positive attitude and maintaining daily uniforms to specs at all times; coordination of daily operations as provided by the Elk Lake GS Supervisor.
Number of openings: 6 (1 individual or couple per session)
Special skills: Must be able to perform required duties with minimal supervision after orientation, communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and present a consistently friendly and helpful attitude; Forest Service uniform will be worn during working hours and will be provided by project; knowledge of Forest Service history and Deschutes National Forest recreation geography and policies helpful, but not required
Minimum age: 18 years old
Facilities: Elk Lake Guard Station available as sleeping quarters (use strictly controlled); hot and cold running water, shower, flush toilet, refrigerator, microwave oven (otherwise no cooking facilities); camping/RVs not permitted at guard station overnight; tent and RV camping available at Snow Creek Guard Station (~ 10 miles); water, pit toilet, full hookups; Sunriver and Bend are full-service communities with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for personal bedding/camping equipment, food, cook stove if staying at guard station (no charcoal grills/campfires allowed), and daily transportation
Nearest towns: Sunriver, 30 miles; Bend, 35 miles; La Pine, 45 miles
Applications due: Ongoing until filled!