Historic Gardener - Summer-Fall (On-site RV Residents)

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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Have you ever wanted to showcase your work to visitors from around the world? You can by managing vibrant historic grounds, wildlife habitat, and trails at Bonneville Lock and Dam.

The volunteer will be responsible for completing the standard garden work such as weeding, pruning, planting, watering, digging, and more. In addition, the volunteer steward may assist with planned vegetation-based projects for the purpose of enhancing and/or supporting wildlife habitat through managing native plants and invasive species.

** Two volunteers required per RV site to meet schedule needs. **


Located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon; Bonneville Lock and Dam is a National Historic Landmark operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Our site includes two powerhouses, a navigation lock, fish passage, and two visitor centers, one accessible from Oregon via I-84 and one accessible from Washington via SR 14. Volunteers will manage beds at each location. Bonneville Dam is capable of providing over 1,200 MW of power to the Northwest, and nearly ten million tons of commodities pass through the navigation lock per year.


· RV sites are available for arriving volunteers July 9-11, 2023 and training will take place July 12-15, 2023 or sites are available July 16-18, 2023 and training will take place July 19-22, 2023.

· Departure dates are October 1-15, 2023.

· Average of 18 hours per week (per person). More hours may be requested for occasional special events.

· Facilities open 7 days a week. Work will include a rotation of Sundays and holidays.

· Staff will work with volunteers to develop a maintenance schedule that meets the needs of the site with duty hours and dates flexible to accommodate for weather and visitation.

· Preference for RV sites will be given to sites being occupied by two people due to staffing requirements.

Start Date - 2023-07-09

End Date - 2023-10-15

Activities include: Botany;Construction/Maintenance;General Assistance;Historical Preservation;Natural Resources Planning;Trail/Campground Maintenance;Visitor Information;Weed/Invasive Species Control

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: RV/Trailer Pads;Other

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About U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


441 G St NW, Washington, DC 20314, US

Mission Statement

The Natural Resources Management Program delivers safe public access to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ lands and waters in a manner that protects all project purposes and mission areas through responsible outdoor recreation, environmental conservation and land use management while partnering with communities to serve the American people.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivers vital engineering solutions, in collaboration with our partners, to secure our Nation, energize our economy, and reduce disaster risk.




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Bonneville Lock and DamCascade Locks, OR 97014



  • Environmental Education
  • Interpreter


  • People 55+


  • Sunday;Monday;Tuesday;Wednesday;Thursday;Friday;Saturday

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