YANKEE BOY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
ADOPT A WEEKEND PROGRAM
Now we offer groups, clubs and organizations the opportunity to take part in our "Adopt a Weekend" program by volunteering as Alpine Hosts for a weekend. Easy to do, just 2 days. Perfect reason to get out in the high country for a day or two. Fun for your members. Bring the family and a picnic. Enjoy a day in the high country.
Show that your group cares for the Yankee Boy - Canyon Creek area, join in the partnership that is protecting resources in Canyon Creek and Yankee Boy Basin. Your group's participation helps ensure continued free access to the area.
Below is a description of Volunteering as an Alpine Host. Call Helen Olivier, 970-325-41116 or Mike Nadiak, 970-240-1358 if you want to participate or would like further information.
VOLUNTEER POSITION: ALPINE HOSTS -YANKEE BOY BASIN AREA
The Yankee Boy Regional Conservation Association (YBRCA) announces the opportunity to serve as Alpine Hosts in the Yankee Boy Basin – Canyon Creek – Imogene Pass area this summer. This is a “roving host” position where volunteers will act as a welcoming presence who assist guests in their enjoyment of the area while protecting it's fragile ecosystems. . It is important that volunteers have a vehicle which can navigate the 4WD roads up toward Yankee Boy Basin and Imogene Pass. Duties include:
Providing information about 4WD routes and hiking trails in the area
Ensuring that vehicles stay on prescribed routes and don't park on fragile vegetation
Making positive visitor contacts and providing information about human history, natural history, Leave-No-Trace and Tread Lightly ethics
Observing, recording, and reporting of maintenance needs
Completing light maintenance/resource protection tasks
Contacting Authorities in the case of medical emergency or other incident
Assisting with the maintenance of an alpine composting toilet facility
Having a working knowledge of Canyon Creek rules and basic Forest Service regulations
Informing visitors about the YBCA and it's mission
Hosts should enjoy meeting and helping people, be outgoing and friendly. Familiarity with map reading and ability to explain map features to visitors is important. In addition, hosts need to be prepared for, and comfortable with, the highly variable weather common to the San Juan Mountains. Good physical conditioning and ability to work comfortably at altitudes from 9-11,000 ft. is a must. Other skills/experiences which are desirable, but not necessary, include some first aid/CPR training and a background in the natural sciences.
We are looking for volunteers who will work one or several days during the summer. For instance a full week, one day a week for a month, etc. Free camping in Yankee Boy area will be provided for those who want to work consecutive days.
The volunteer season runs from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Hosts will receive an orientation packet in the mail 1 week prior to their service date. Magnetic “Alpine Host” signs for vehicles, volunteer vests, literature, and other useful materials will be provided.