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Visitor Center Interpretive Hosts (Local Commuters)

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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Do you enjoy interacting with people from around the world? Is sparking an interest in learning what motivates you? Would you like to volunteer in a beautiful setting close to many recreational opportunities? Come join our team!

To be a volunteer here is to help visitors relate to the site, tell the Corps’ story, and provoke learning of the many aspects of Bonneville Dam as well as the amazing Columbia River Gorge. Volunteers assist the Ranger staff with these goals by greeting and orienting visitors at the information desks, running the register in our bookstore, providing personalized visitor interactions while roving throughout the visitor centers, staffing interpretive locations, and being our assistant on powerhouse tours.


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 rotate between working at each location. Bonneville Dam is capable of providing over 1,200 megawatts of power to the Northwest, and nearly ten million tons of commodities pass through the navigation lock per year. Visitor centers have been equipped with COVID-19 protection measures and policies to protect staff, volunteers, and visitors.


The mission of the Bonneville Lock and Dam Interpretive Services Program is to tell the Corps’ story, to provoke learning, help visitors relate to the site and reveal messages about the Corps in the region.


· Initial training will be scheduled to work with you. Group volunteer training will take place in early April 2023.

· 3-6 hours per shift. More hours may be requested for occasional special events.

· Facilities are open 7 days a week. Help is most needed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but we can work with you to find volunteer shifts that are mutually beneficial.

Start Date - 2023-02-01

End Date - 2023-10-30

Activities include: General Assistance;Tour Guide/Interpretation;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: N/A

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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.




We'll work with your schedule.


Bonneville Lock and DamCascade Locks, OR 97014



  • Environmental Education
  • Administrative Support
  • Interpreter


  • People 55+


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

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