Mammoth Lakes Forest Service Volunteer Opportunity

Opportunity Type: 
Location of Opportunity: 
Off Campus
Host Department/Organization: 

Forest Service

Opportunity Description: 


Located in California's beautiful Eastern Sierra, the Inyo National Forest offers clean air, crystal blue skies, mountain lakes and streams, challenging trails, high mountain peaks, and beautiful views. The Inyo National Forest extends 165 miles near the California and Nevada border.  With over two million acres, the Inyo National Forest is home to many natural wonders including Mt. Whitney, Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes Basin, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Winter recreational opportunities include snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, and winter hiking.  Summer recreational opportunities include camping, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, equestrian use, and off-highway vehicle.  Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis for fall 2017, winter 2017, spring 2018, and summer 2018.


Duties: Volunteers will primarily be serving in the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center. Duties will include giving out visitor information about various winter recreation activities and distributing maps and brochures to visitors. Volunteers will work closely alongside staff from the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) who manage the non-profit bookstore in the visitor center. Other duties may include: developing education programs, presenting education programs to youth and adults at local events, festivals, and the library, translating brochures, creating and designing new exhibits or brochures and signage, assisting with forming local partnerships, issuing wilderness permits, and other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate will have:


  • A friendly, outgoing and patient personality
  • A neat, well-groomed appearance that is easily approachable by members of the public
  • Good communication skills to effectively interact with visitors and co-workers
  • Ability to operate or learn to operate basic office equipment


    Time Commitment: 

    24 hours/week; A flexible schedule can be accommodated Winter hours of operation are from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Paid Position: 

    24 volunteer hours/ week gets free housing (Barracks)

    How to apply: