Volunteers wanted to help at Lake Oroville Recreation Area – Chico Enterprise-Record

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OROVILLE – Oroville Lake Recreation Area is looking for outdoor enthusiasts to volunteer in a variety of programs and abilities.

“Being a volunteer allows a person to provide support at Lake Oroville State Park, connect with staff and other volunteers. Volunteering is for people who enjoy being outdoors and protecting our spaces. Volunteering adds value within the community by supporting community members who also visit our park,” said Terri Lopez, Northern Buttes District Interpretive and Education Program Manager.

An informal volunteer briefing will be held Saturday from 1-2 p.m. in the Bidwell Canyon Discovery Hall, 801 Bidwell Canyon.

“This is an opportunity for people interested in volunteering to learn about the various opportunities, get more information and apply to become a volunteer. Training will take place at a later date,” Lopez said.

Volunteer opportunities include a variety of options ranging from supporting staff at special events, working in a children’s program such as Junior Ranger or with school programs, managing activities such as gold panning during events, foot patrolling trails and many other jobs.

“There are also project days where we do light maintenance,” Lopez said. “And, of course, there are also opportunities in the office and in our resource library. There are many choices depending on your interest.”

Volunteering is open to ages 16 and up. Those who are 16 and 17 years old must have parental authorization.

Lake Oroville SRA currently has 10 volunteers and is looking for “as many as possible,” Lopez said.

“As we begin to ramp up programming, we want volunteers who enjoy the park and enjoy connecting with the community and park visitors to support staff.”

While Lopez said short-term volunteers, those working on a single event are welcome, what they’re really looking for are long-term volunteers willing to take the training and volunteer regularly.

Those who volunteer for 72 hours or more in a calendar year receive a district-wide pass for Northern Buttes District Parks. These parks include Castle Crags, Shasta State Historic Park, McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park, William B. Ide Adobe, Bidwell Mansion, Woodson Bridge State Park, Irvine Finch State Park, Lake Oroville, Anderson Marsh State Park and Clear Lake State Park.

“If you volunteer 200 hours, you get a statewide pass,” Lopez said.

For more information about the volunteer information event or volunteering, call Lopez at 538-2200.

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