USFS seeks volunteers for Lake Tahoe education programs
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is looking for volunteers to assist with its winter conservation eduction programs.
The opportunities, which include the Winter Trek and Ski with a Ranger programs at Heavenly Mountain Resort, are open to interested members of the community who are comfortable speaking to large groups of people, according to the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU). Knowledge of Sierra Nevada natural history is a bonus.
Reliable transportation to the transit center in Stateline is required and volunteers must be able to attend a mandatory training session in early January.
The Winter Trek program is looking for individuals who can volunteer a minimum of four hours per day, one day per week beginning Jan. 9 and continuing through March 29. Winter Trek takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers should be able to snowshoe for 90 minutes at an elevation of 9,100 feet without difficulty and present a fire and forest ecology program to fifth-grade students, according to LTBMU. Snowshoes are provided. Experience working with kids is recommended.
The Ski with a Ranger program is looking for individuals who can volunteer a minimum of four hours per day, one day per week beginning Jan. 12 and continuing through April 6, weather permitting. Ski with a Ranger takes place on Mondays and Fridays. Volunteers should be at least an intermediate level skier or snowboarder and be able to follow and guide others on a one hour pre-determined route, according to LTBMU. A Heavenly Mountain Resort pass is not required but volunteers must bring their own equipment.
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