We're looking for desert hikers to support a trail monitoring program we coordinate under the supervision of the Bureau of Land Management. Volunteers would periodically hike the trails of Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area observing and reporting on current trail conditions to a program coordinator via an online form.
Participation in a short in-person orientation/training session is required where you'll learn trail monitoring techniques as well as basic safety and first aid. Volunteers demonstrating an ongoing commitment to the program may become eligible to participate in free CPR/First Aid and Wilderness First Aid training.
Friends of Sloan Canyon is looking for volunteers to help man Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area's visitor contact station. As a BLM Information Specialist you would be introducing visitors to the geology, plants, wildlife, and cultural resources of Sloan Canyon. Our visitors are a diverse community, including international travelers, and you would be asked to thoughtfully answer a variety of questions providing guidance to visitors so they have a great outdoor experience.
Duties & Responsbilities:
- Staff the front desk in the Sloan Canyon visitor contact station
- Respond to visitors questions
- Be a source of knowledge for visitors
- Ability to communicate orally to the public
- Ability to acquire basic knowledge of the natural and cultural resources of Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, BLM missions, and BLM policy
- Willingness to wear approved uniform-t-shirt, name tag or vest.
- Knowledge of recreation opportunities of Sloan Canyon
- Ability to be people friendly
- Complete attendance of BLM power-point trainings.
- Become familiar with the biological, geological, and cultural resources of Sloan Canyon
- Monitor the information desk at Red Rock Canyon prior to becoming a Sloan info desk volunteer a minimum of eight hours to develop quality public interaction.
Information Desk shifts are 4 hours long. The minimum commitment is 1 shift, and you can sign up for as many shifts as you'd like. The visitor contact station is open from 8:00am to 4:30pm daily from October 1 and May 31. During summer months the contact station is open weekends only, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The Canyon Keepers program offers concerned citizens a way to help protect the at-risk cultural heritage resources at Sloan Canyon NCA's Petroglyph Gallery area. Canyon Keepers create a presence on a regular basis at Petroglyph Canyon during high peak visitation hours to prevent vandalism and unwanted social trails that degrade the hill side and threaten the rock art that populates the area .
As a Canyon Keeper you would hike to and monitor the Petroglyph Gallery for two to four hours at a time on the weekends and during high peak visitation hours throughout the week. You'll be trained on the cultural, biological and geologic history of the area allowing you to answer questions about the rock art and encourage visitors to stay in the wash to view the petroglyphs. A key part of this duty will be Observing and reporting any illegal activities you witness on the proper trail monitor report form. Report will be submitted to the volunteer coordinator within 48 hours of the hike and monitoring.
- The volunteer will hike to the petroglyph gallery and stand or sit and monitor the other visitors to ensure that they do not touch the petroglyphs or climb up the side of the hill to view the petroglyphs
- The hike leader will pre-hike the trail before becoming a monitor at the Petroglyph gallery
- Canyon Keeper will provide the visitors with knowledge of the cultural resources and ways to help conserve them
- Observe and report any illegal activities you witness on the proper trail monitor report form. Report will be submitted to the volunteer coordinator within 48 hours of the hike and monitoring.
- Practice the proper check in and check out procedures before and after hiking in the field.
- Ability to communicate verbally
- Ability to effectively address large and small groups
- Knowledge of natural resources and cultural history of Sloan
- Physical ability compatible with hiking activity (4-6 miles of desert hiking per shift)
- Knowledge of trails at Sloan and level of difficulty
- Ability to walk in rough terrain
- Ability to work outdoors and unsupervised
If you can use basic landscaping tools you can make a difference helping to maintain local hiking, biking, and equestrian trails! Friends of Sloan Canyon is looking for volunteers to work on supervised stewardship projects focusing on the natural resources and trails of Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. Maintenance projects are executed during cooler non-summer months in developed and undeveloped areas of the NCA. A schedule is distributed in advance, help out with one or many stewardship projects. A sample of tasks we accomplish include:
- litter pick-up and removal
- installation of carsonite posts (lifting up to 30lbs)
- clear multiple use and single use trails of brush
- remove graffiti next to trails
- remove undesirable plant/animal species
- re-vegetate areas
- trail route restoration and rehabilitation
- monitor trail signage and add signs as necessary with BLM staff approval
- repair/replace regular and trail signage as needed
- install barriers where potential illegal incursions occur
This is an opportunity to work in the great outdoors and have a direct positive impact on public lands, correcting or preventing damage to the natural resources. Help improve the recreational experience and trails for visitors to Sloan Canyon NCA.
Volunteers will be expected to:
- complete volunteer onboarding paperwork
- follow direction of trail supervisors
- learn and to use a variety of hand tools.
- work in rough terrain and potentially extreme temperatures.
- lift heavy loads, (up to 30 pounds).
- work as a team and /or individually.
- install carsonites into the ground with proper training.
That said, you'll never be asked to do something you feel you cannot do. Come have fun and get sweaty with us!