- Saves historic buildings
- Teaches volunteers traditional building skills
- Encourages volunteerism on public lands
We are looking for a few good historic preservationists who love to cook in the wilderness, or good cooks who love old buildings in the wilderness! If you love cooking for others and want to work on old buildings, come spend a season with HistoriCorps. If you are studying or working toward a career in historic preservation, and you love to cook, come spend a season with HistoriCorps.
Though scopes of work vary, HistoriCorps projects cover a range of historic structures. Staff will work with volunteers to restore/rehabilitate multiple historic log, stone, adobe, and frame buildings that were originally used as ranger stations, guard stations, cow camps, and miner cabins. The buildings are all remotely located on America’s spectacular public lands (BLM, NPS, USFS, state lands).
Crew Leaders will work at the direction of and assist the Project Supervisor on all aspects of HistoriCorps projects. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Plan, purchase and prepare meals for paid crew and volunteers;
- Assist the preservation Project Supervisor to plan and coordinate tasks for volunteer, student, or youth crews;
- Work alongside volunteers on tasks as designated by the Project Supervisor;
- Adhere to and promote work safety standards;
- Provide a safe, clean, bear-proof camp kitchen;
- Serve as a liaison between volunteer crews and project supervisor;
- Camp onsite in primitive lodging; ensure a clean and safe campsite and toilet facilities, and be responsible for the welfare of everyone camping onsite;
- Assist with natural and cultural resources compliance.
Required Skills and Qualifications
- A willingness to work long days in variable weather;
- Able to live and work in a remote and/or backcountry setting (i.e. tents) for up to 14 days at a time;
- A valid driver’s license and a good driving record;
- A rudimentary knowledge of handtools and the building trades, and a willingness to learn;
- Strong communication and conflict resolution skills;
- Enjoy infusing in others your enthusiasm for the wilderness and historic resources;
- Work well in groups;
- Have the ability and aptitude to cook, and enjoy cooking, meals for large groups (8-18 people at a time).
The preferred candidate will
- Possess rudimentary building trade skills and a positive attitude toward old buildings, log working experience ideal;
- Demonstrate a high aptitude for culinary endeavors;
- Be First Aid or First Responder certified
- Have previous leadership experience with crews, ideally in remote and/or backcountry settings.