Oregon - Willamette NF
Fish Lake Guard Station Interpretive Hosting Project 2023
Dispatcher’s Cabin and Commissary at Fish Lake Historic Site
May 23-September 21, 2023
Volunteers must commit to 1 entire session; may participate in more
Session Dates: (including weekends)
Session 1: May 23–June 1
Session 2: June 1–13
Session 3: June 13–22
Session 4: June 22–July 6
Session 5: July 6–18
Session 6: July 18–27
Session 7: July 27–August 8
Session 8: August 8–17
Session 9: August 17–29
Session 10: August 29–September 7
Session 11: September 7–21
Nestled in the High Cascades of Western Oregon, at an elevation of 3,200 feet above sea level, you will find the Fish Lake Guard Station. It lies 20 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge within Linn County, near the junction of U.S. Highway 20, and Oregon State Highway 126. The Station is a Forest Service administrative building group constructed in the early 1900s, and was in regular use until the 1960s. During its formal life span, it served as a guard station, fire headquarters, and remount station. The site is bordered to the southwest by Fish Lake, and encompasses 17 acres of gently sloping, south-facing, high plateau terrain. It hosts 18 historic buildings, structures, and sites, as well as two non-historic buildings and other structures. The Guard Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), as is the Santiam Wagon Road, which cuts through the Guard Station complex. This section of road passing near Fish Lake contributed a significant role in the decision of where to construct the compound.
This year’s PIT volunteers will receive some initial training and orientation to the Fish Lake compound, its history, and that of the local area. Then, we’ll turn you loose, and rely on your friendly faces and people-skills as you host the sessions. Volunteers will welcome visitors, provide information, and answer questions about the Guard Station and its use over the past 100 plus years! Early sessions may provide you the opportunity to work on projects on site and/or help with structure or grounds maintenance with the on-site manager or with the group “Friends of Fish Lake.” During your hours “off the clock,” this is a fantastic place for walks, hikes, fishing, wildlife (and people) viewing, and much more! We will only take applications until all slots are filled, though, so apply today – we hope to see you for another great season at Fish Lake Guard Station!
Please note: all volunteers will be required to follow current COVID-19 guidelines, which may include social-distancing, providing proof of qualifying vaccinations, and/or the wearing of masks. Further, due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, this project could be amended, postponed, or canceled. Selected volunteers are encouraged to remain in contact with project leads to stay apprised of any changes.
Number of openings: 22 (2 individuals applying as a team or 1 couple per session)
Special skills: Must enjoy talking and interacting with people on a daily basis and have an appreciation of history and the outdoors; previous hosting, maintenance (ground and/or structure) or related construction/groundskeeping experience helpful, but not required
Minimum age: 18 years old
Facilities: Volunteers may camp (tent or RV) on-site in designated area at no charge; septic disposal for RVs available on-site; pit toilets; a flush toilet and shower are also usually available (please note, however, the water runs off a generator and if there are any issues with the generator, then water may not be available). Additionally, the first sessions (May 23-June 22, 2023) may not have utilities available, so someone with an RV who could dry camp, bring their own water, etc., would work great! There is a restaurant available at Clear Lake Resort (~2 miles west of Fish Lake), and there is a small shop open to the public where minimal food supplies can be purchased; McKenzie Bridge is a limited-services community with gas station, restaurants and convenience store; Sisters is a full-service community with hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/camping equipment, food, water, and daily transportation (if staying off-site)
Nearest towns: Sisters, 20 miles; McKenzie Bridge, 25 miles; Detroit, 30 miles
Applications due: Ongoing until filled!