Oregon Paleo Lands Center Accepting Hosts for 2020

The Oregon Paleo Lands Center is seeking volunteers for one  or  two-month Visitor Center Host assignments, for May – October 2020.   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 Center is located next to the historic Wheeler County 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 and electrical service at the Wheeler County Fairgrounds RV Park.  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 Fossil  Bluegrass Festival, local rodeos and fairs May- Sept..  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.

Visitor Center hosts duties include: Informing, educating and assisting visitors/school groups about John Day Basin natural and cultural history. Assisting and informing visitors of local special events including the Memorial Weekend Spray Rodeo, 4th of July Fossil Bluegrass Festival, August County Fair and Rodeo. Volunteers will also lead short talks & occasional in-town tours: Fossil Museum, Fossil historic sites, Wheeler  High School Fossil Beds. 

The Paleo Lands Center developed this volunteer position with assistance from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, check out the Oregon Paleo Lands Center website or contact the OPLI host coordinator: Bonnie Lofton by calling (541)462-3263 or by email at bonnie.g.lofton@gmail.com

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