Lake Valley Historic Town Site Host

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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management

Spend a season enjoying the solitude and beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert! Apply today to be a site host at Lake Valley Historic Site in New Mexico!

The mining town of Lake Valley was founded in 1878 after silver was discovered. Almost overnight, the small frontier town blossomed into a major settlement with a population of 4,000 people. Today, silver mining has played out and all that remains is a ghost town. BLM has restored the schoolhouse and chapel. The restored schoolhouse provides a glimpse of what schooling in a rural area was like in the early 20th century. Other buildings in the town site have been stabilized to slow further deterioration. There also is a self-guided, interpretive walking tour. The school house that is open for visitation from Thursday - Monday. There is no public overnight use allowed at Lake Valley.

The site hosts main duties will consist of day-to-day management of the recreation area. They will work a minimum of 40 hours per week and are expected to be on site during their work days. Hosts will represent the BLM in a professional manner, provide information to visitors, and ensure compliance with area rules and regulations. The hosts will staff and clean the visitor center; conduct patrols of the grounds and trails; clean and stock restrooms; open and close the gates and facilities of the area.

The site hosts will reside at the site in a covered area that includes: a 30/50 amp RV electrical system, large and shaded pad for RV, water, sewage, washer, and dryer. There is also extra storage space in the fenced-in area for use by BLM employees to store equipment and supplies. If a couple, one host will be reimbursed at $27 per day and the other host will be reimbursed at $12 per day. If only one individual, they will be reimbursed at $27 per day. Reimbursements are paid out once a month, but there can be extended delays subject to the workload/availability of employees processing it. Reimbursements are not stipends or salaries/wages. Pets are allowed.

Expect hot summers with temperatures usually in the high 90s and occasional thunderstorms during our monsoon season. Winters range from a low in the 30s to a high in the 60s. In the summer, you may encounter a rattlesnake within the developed site. We ask that you relocate or kill it in a humane manner.

Area Attractions: White Sands National Monument, Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, Gila National Forest, Truth or Consequences hot springs.

We are looking to fill a position for the following dates: May 2024 to September 2024. Couples encouraged to apply.

Start Date - 2024-05-01

End Date - 2024-09-30

Activities include: Campground/Site Host;General Assistance;Visitor Information

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The Bureau of Land Management's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


The BLM manages 245 million acres of public lands and 700 million acres of mineral estate. These public lands and subsurface acres are integral to the lives and livelihoods of communities and families across the country. We promote multiple-use on public lands to maximize opportunities for commercial, recreational, and conservation activities. This promotes healthy and productive public lands that create jobs in local communities while supporting traditional land uses such as responsible energy development, timber harvesting, grazing, and recreation, including hunting and fishing.


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