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Our season runs from March to November. Application materials are now accepted for Winter Caretakers to overwinter in Jawbone Flats in the off-season: November to March.

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  • Winter Caretaker/Facilities Assistant

    Jawbone Flats, Oregon
    $10.00 / hour

    Location: Opal Creek Wilderness Area, Oregon

    Work year: Winter Season: November – March

    Our Story

    The Opal Creek watershed is 35,000 acres of protected rainforest, part of the last remaining low-elevation old-growth forest left in the Pacific Northwest. Soaring trees dripping with moss, crystal-clear streams, and a diversity of old-growth-dependent species make Opal Creek a unique gem in Oregon’s crown. At its center is the historic off-grid mining town of Jawbone Flats, our base of operations since the Opal Creek Wilderness was created in 1996.

    Summary of Position

    The Winter Caretaker is responsible for helping to maintain and improve the facilities at Jawbone Flats while programs are closed down for the winter season (November – March). This is a residential position: the Winter Caretaker will live in Jawbone Flats in housing provided by the organization and must be able to winter over, potentially being snowed in without vehicular access for a period of 4 months. Responsibilities of the position are listed below:

    • Prepare Jawbone Flats buildings and systems for winter, and again for spring
    • Maintain the hydro-electric and solar power systems at Jawbone Flats
    • Maintain all the Jawbone Flats buildings
    • Maintain fleet of vehicles
    • Execute deferred maintenance projects
    • Monitor/test municipal water supply
    • Provide snow removal if necessary from all buildings

    Requirements of Position

    • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED
    • Experience in trades or facility management
    • Off-grid/alternative energy experience preferred
    • Knowledge and skills to fix many problems including: plumbing, electrical, carpentry and mechanical
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • A curiosity and passion for continuous learning
    • Able to complete projects in the face of challenges
    • A desire and the ability to live and work in a remote residential environment with a small number of people in the winter
    • Possesses the qualities of integrity, adaptability, enthusiasm, and good humor
    • Able to lift heavy objects, up to 50 pounds when necessary; walk/snowshoe at least 5 miles
    • Able to pass a background check
    • Current driver’s license and able to qualify for coverage under our insurance
    • First Aid/CPR certified by time of employment

    To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at mselvig@opalcreek.org. Applications will be accepted until September 26th.

    There are two rounds of interviews for this position. We will offer the position by mid-October, with Caretakers starting mid-November.

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How to Apply

Visit our website: http://www.opalcreek.org/about/employment/ for current job openings. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at mselvig@opalcreek.org. There are two rounds of interviews for each position, and positions are open until filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

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