Orchard Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

This volunteer position will assist with upkeep and maintenance of a historic orchard, located in the Lonely Dell Ranch, within the Lees Ferry District at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Lonely Dell Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and protects a historic ranch and homestead landscape. The current orchard includes nearly 250 trees, which are maintained using historic care techniques to contribute to the historic landscape. Fruit in the orchard is available for visitors to pick in the summer months. Pruning takes place in the winter when trees are dormant, while spring and summer work includes watering, weeding, additional pruning, and maintaining irrigation ditches. Volunteer work will focus on all aspects of tree care, including pruning using hand tools, watering using a gravity fed irrigation system, weeding and mowing to reduce weed cover, and deepening or cleaning out irrigation ditches. Additional work may trash clean up, minor repairs to irrigation systems, and minor building and grounds repair such as painting. The volunteer will also provide informal information to visitors to the Lonely Dell Ranch. An RV parking space is available in the Lees Ferry Campground, for a volunteer willing to work a minimum of 32 hours/week. Amenities include water, electrical, and septic hook-ups. Laundry is not available. Lees Ferry does not contain Wi-Fi, and cell signal in Lees Ferry is present, but somewhat limited.

Start Date - 2023-03-01

End Date - 2023-08-31

Activities include: Botany;Historical Preservation;Natural Resources Planning;Weed/Invasive Species Control

Difficulty_Level: Strenuous

Hosts Housing Amenities: RV/Trailer Pads

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