Interpretive Host

The Cove Palisades State Park


Erin Bennett


From: 05/21/2018
To: 09/03/2018


Have you ever wanted to teach others about nature, wildlife, geology, history, astronomy, fishing, or outdoor safety skills? Have the Central Oregon High Desert as your classroom? Do you like being around people? You can do all these things as an interpretive host at The Cove Palisades State Park. This is a fun and rewarding opportunity in a breathtaking location. As an interpretive host you will be an important part of hundreds of family's summer vacation memories. Just to name a few resources to inspire your creative energy... the Cascade Mountain Range, Lake Billy Chinook, a rich and interesting local history that includes Native Americans, pioneers, homesteaders, farmers, fisherman, boaters and more, a variety of wildlife from bats to cougars, birds of prey and the unusual striped plateau whip-tailed lizard, and a vast dark night sky filled with billions of stars, planets, galaxies and of course the full moon. Memorial Day Weekend, State Parks Day, 4th of July weekend, National S'mores Day and Labor Day weekend are extra fun events here in the park with campground parades, family fun games and campfire programs. If you like to work with kids, we offer Junior Ranger Programs five days a week in the summer. You may even have the opportunity to dress up as the Oregon State Parks mascot J.R. Beaver!

This position is located on top of the park in the Crooked River Campground and it offers the best views and sunsets in the park!  This side is slightly slower paced then the Deschutes side but there is still plenty to do.  It is the "green" side of the park offering a solar trash compactor, solar power to heat the showers, hydroelectric power, dark sky red lights and more.  There are two new trails that offer the opportunity to lead wetlands, geology, history and night hikes. 

A background in interpretation or education is desireable.  Basic certification for first aid, CPR/AED is also a plus.  On the job training will be provided. The host site is full hook up - provides water, power, and sewer -  service to make you feel right at home while you are here with us. We hope you will come join us at The Cove!