Interpretive Host

The Cove Palisades State Park


Erin Bennett


From: 05/18/2020
To: 09/07/2020


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? Would you like the challenge of including children and adults in your programs? 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, railroad barons, 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. “Hosts have the opportunity to engage with kids and families from around the country while leading Jr. Ranger activities.” You may even have the opportunity to dress up as the Oregon State Parks mascot, J.R. Beaver!

We have two positions open:

E-37 The Crooked River Campground and Dayuse - is located on the east side of the park; it offers the best views and sunsets in the park!  This side is slightly slower paced 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, red lights to reduce light pollution so you can enjoy the dark night skies and more.  There are two trails that offer the opportunity to lead wetlands, geology, history and night hikes. 

B-77 The Deschutes Campground and Dayuses - is located on the west side of the park. Nestled among Western Junipers at the bottom of a ancient rock slide, 'Camp Coyote' is a high energy, fast paced area where the bulk of interpretation is done.  Junior Ranger programs, evening campfires and special events are offered five days a week.  The Tam A Lau trail, the petroglyph, several smaller trails and one of the turkey vulture roots are close by; while the Deschutes River is a ten minute walk.  You may have the opportunity to assist with a kayak tour or two. 

THIS IS A THREE MONTH ASSIGNMENT.  Host Couples Are Encouraged, one can be behind the scenes but it's easier with two.  A background in interpretation or education is desirable.  Basic certification for first aid, CPR/AED is also a plus.  On the job training will be provided. These positions work with little supervision at times.  The host site is full hook up - provides water, power, and sewer; as well as a picnic table, fire ring and grass to make you feel right at home. Internet is limited, AT&T is the most reliable cell service at the park. 

We hope you will come join us at The Cove!