Food, Lodging and Travel
Accommodation will be shared “dorm style” housing on the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve which includes bathrooms, hot and cold running water, and full kitchens. Volunteers will need to provide sleeping bags and all-weather work clothes such as sturdy high-top hiking boots, rain jacket and pants, gloves, hats and clothing for both warm and cold weather conditions. All volunteers will be provided with transportation to and from the worksite each day and will have at least one trip per week to town to purchase food and other supplies, do laundry or just enjoy time in town. Food expenses will be reimbursed up to $80/week.
Travel to the Project Site
You will need to book and cover your own airfare costs to either Portland, Oregon or Idaho’s Boise airport (the nearest airport to the preserves) and transportation to either La Grande or Enterprise, Oregon, where you will be picked up by Conservancy staff and taken to Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. Greyhound bus trips from Portland to La Grande take between 5-6 hours and cost approximately $50.00 one-way. Greyhound bus trips from Boise to La Grande take between 3-4 hours and cost approximately $40.00 one-way. Other options (such as carpooling with staff or other interns from Portland) may be possible, but we would not know this until much closer to your arrival date.
With regards to visas, volunteers applying for the Ecology Field Assistant position will have to obtain the necessary tourist visas for the duration of the time that they are on the project, or alternatively they may be able to qualify for the Visa Waiver Program.