Oregon Paleo Lands Institute is Now Accepting Hosts!

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Oregon State Parks has a formal partnership with the Oregon Paleo Lands Institute in the outback town of Fossil, Oregon!  They are seeking volunteers to fill three 2-month assignments (may/June, July/August, September/October) working out of their Visitor Center and providing interpretive tours for guests.

This is an exciting new position to meet, welcome, and educate visitors and school groups from all over Oregon and the United States.   As you help visitors at the Oregon Paleo Lands Center, you will learn about the spectacular natural/cultural history of the John Day Basin.   The Center will provide you with training and assistance.

The attractive Center is located next to the historic Wheeler Co. Courthouse in downtown Fossil, a friendly, small community (20 miles from Condon, 65 miles from Madras).  The Center is within a short walking distance from a full range of local services such as stores, restaurants, post office, bank, and laundry.

The host position includes free camping at the nearby full hookup Wheeler Co. Fairgrounds RV Park.   The Host will have free use of the Center’s Wi Fi, phone, and office equipment. The Center is an information hub for the John Day Fossil Beds region, Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway, and the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway. You can enjoy the July 4 Bluegrass Festival, local rodeos and fairs May-August.  In your spare time you can explore the area’s exciting recreational opportunities, including the beautiful John Day River, Cottonwood Canyon State Park and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Host duties include:

  •     Inform, educate and assist visitors/school groups about John Day Basin natural     and cultural history
  •     Assist and inform visitors of local special events including the Memorial Weekend Spray Rodeo, 4th of July      Fossil Bluegrass Festival, August County Fair and Rodeo
  •    Keep the Center open for 4 days a week (Thursday-Sunday) Normal Hours 10AM-4 PM.
  •    Orient visitors to John Day Basin attractions, services, lodging, and campgrounds using the Center’s extensive handouts and guidebooks (these help visitors to use nearby State Parks, Scenic Bikeways/Byways, John Day River, National Monument, National Forests, BLM lands)
  •    Lead short talks & occasional in-town tours: Fossil Museum, Fossil historic sites, Wheeler High Fossil Beds.

More information and a full job description can be found at the Center’s website: www.paleolands.org

Contact Richard Ross of the OPLI Center with any questions: richardnross@earthlink.net

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