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The Ferron Ranger District is looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to provide staffing at the Historic Stuart Guard Station. The guard station lies along the Huntington and Eccles Canyons National Scenic Byway. We are looking for customer service oriented individuals to provide information to the public about early FS history and the immense contributions of the CCC to the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Furthermore providing information about recreational opportunities within the forest and the surrounding area. Volunteers will be interacting with the public by leading tours, providing information about the area, and answering a variety of questions. Given the nature of the position good communication and public relation skills are desired. Opportunities to volunteer are available starting May through September. The station is only open on weekends and holidays, so volunteers will have plenty of free time to explore the surrounding area during the week. 

Duties
We call upon your aid as a volunteer to keep the station clean and tidy, and to provide information and interpretive services to visitors. 
•    Opening and closing duties associated with the Guard Station.
•    Provides tours of the Guard Station (requires leading groups around the site)
•    Keep records of visitation.
•    Maintain a clean and safe environment for the visiting public. 
•    Reports activity and issues to agency personnel. 
•    May be asked to help with other miscellaneous duties.

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Housing and Volunteer Stipend 
As a volunteer, you will be entitled to reimbursement of your expenses, including $25.00 per day worked if you choose to stay on site. A FS uniform will be issued and must be worn during working hours. The Guard Station is a charming little structure, and is situated in a spectacular location for viewing wildlife and the surrounding landscape.  RV host pad sites are available behind the guardstation. Water and sewer hookups are available but no power (volunteers with camp trailers are encouraged to bring solar panels and/or a small portable generator to keep their batteries charged). Tent camping is also an option. No cooking facilities, refrigerator, or shower facilities are available; sink and toilet facilities are located in the Guard Station.

Community
Huntington (20 miles from Stuart Guard Station) is a limited-services community with a small grocery store, convenience stores and other basic amenities. Price (41 miles from Stuart Guard Station) includes grocery stores, Walmart, Hardware store, hotels, gas stations and restaurants.
Boating and fishing are major recreational activities available in the area.  There is several local reservoirs and lakes (Huntington, Joes Valley, Cleveland and Electric Lake) that provide excellent fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout, tiger muskies, small-mouth bass, and catfish. Other actives that are popular in the area include Hiking and bouldering and OHV. Other attractions include: The San Rafael, Capitol Reef National Park, and Goblin Valley State Park.  
About the Forest
Manti-La Sal National Forest Visitor Guide - https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5370798.pdf
Manti-La Sal National Forest – https://www.fs.usda.gov/mantilasal

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For More Information
If you need any further assistance regarding this opportunity feel free to contact:

Christopher Nichols
Manti-La Sal National Forest 
        Ferron Ranger District 
115 West Canyon Road 
Ferron Utah, 84023
 (435)636-3579
cdnichols@fs.fed.us
 

We hope you’ll answer the call, and help us staff Historic Stuart Guard Station this year!

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Edited by Woodsy at the Gorge

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Is there a strong (2-4 bars) of cell phone service available in the area?  It is a no-go for many folks to live w/o cell and internet service these days.

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You probably can't justify, in the budget, a satellite internet connection.  If you don't find someone, that may help.

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I wouldn't look at Huntington's temperatures as it is at the foot of the canyon and more in the San Rafael country. Stuart Guardstation sits at 8500 feet so you can expect highs to be in the mid 70's and morning temps in the 40's and 50's on average. Most hosts do not have a need to fire up a AC in that corridor.  

 

As far as shade goes you will be staying in the canyon so you can expect morning sun but not consistent sun throughout the day. 

 

Generally visitation is pretty minor. You can expect 30-60 people per day. So hosts who enjoy grabbing a book between guests, homing their interpretive skills around the grounds, or like doing projects will love this place. 

 

 

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8 hours ago, coachmac9 said:

Wow!! Sounds like heaven to me!!! 

Yup! Plenty of folk that would be perfectly happy with nothing but access to a water spigot and sewer at least every couple of weeks.

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5 hours ago, Woodsy at the Gorge said:

I wouldn't look at Huntington's temperatures as it is at the foot of the canyon and more in the San Rafael country. Stuart Guardstation sits at 8500 feet so you can expect highs to be in the mid 70's and morning temps in the 40's and 50's on average. Most hosts do not have a need to fire up a AC in that corridor.  

As far as shade goes you will be staying in the canyon so you can expect morning sun but not consistent sun throughout the day. 

Generally visitation is pretty minor. You can expect 30-60 people per day. So hosts who enjoy grabbing a book between guests, homing their interpretive skills around the grounds, or like doing projects will love this place.

Glad you came back so quick.  I was just looking around to find the place and figured it was at 7500-8500'.

When forum users provide info about weather we need to be sure we are looking at the weather at the location and not at some town hundreds or thousands of feet lower or higher in elevation. 

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On 2/2/2018 at 4:42 PM, coachmac9 said:

Woodsy, are they looking for one couple or person to take the whole time period (May through September)?

Depends on the availability of the volunteer. I could do Memorial day weekend through the end of July. That would give me time to snag someone for leaf peeping for August - First of September. Also please note I had to correct the phone number(sometimes I revert back to old habits in other forests haha) the correct number is 435-636-3579

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It isn't at the guardstation but we had a cancellation with a volunteer campground host at Potters Pond but most of the same perdiem information and forest information applies

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233892 

 

It isn't too far from the guardstation and sits at 9000'.

Position is only needed Thursday-Sunday but it is a dry camp. Host site has greywater dump but not black(hosts generally use campground restroom) and no other hookups. Primary season would be from Mid June(anticipating a late melt off this season) to labor day. Would entertain monthly hosts especially for July. 

Duties are your basic camphost duties

  • post and check reservations
  • check restrooms/spot clean as needed
  • be a POC at the campground and assist public as needed

If you are an OHV enthusiast we would love interested hosts to do trail patrols to fix stickers on trail posts, check trail counters, and be eyes for ever changing trail conditions. Mileage would be reimbursed for official mileage for your POV and OHV.

 

This is an enjoyable campground, good trout fishing, easy access to the arapeen ohv trail system and generally a problem free area.

 

 

Edited by Woodsy at the Gorge

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I believe you said no electric hook up available. Too bad. I have an all electric coach and need electric hookup. 

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