Vounteers sought to man Kinzua Visitors Center

The pay isn’t so good, but the surroundings are pretty spectacular.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Kinzua Dam is looking for some volunteers.

The Corps keeps the Kinzua Visitor Center open six days a week Thursday through Tuesday if it has the personnel.

Volunteers are a critical part of that staffing.

In particular, Park Ranger Steve Lauser said he is looking for people to work on Fridays and Saturdays.

“We had regular Friday volunteers that are unable to work for us this summer,” Lauser said. “Saturday volunteers are always tough to find.”

“If I can get a person that’s interested in Fridays and a person that’s interested in Saturdays, that would pretty well fill the schedule,” he said.

The visitor center’s summer season has already started. “We’re trying to keep it open with the staff we have,” Lauser said.

Volunteers who can serve as substitutes on an as-needed basis are also encouraged to apply.

The typical volunteer day is six hours – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The work is mostly greeting visitors, helping them find what they need, and maybe providing directions to their next destination. The center is air-conditioned, Lauser said.

In a press release, Lauser said, “If you’re concerned about our public lands and natural resources, would like to share your skills and talents with others, and like to meet and work with people, you may be interested in work opportunities under the Corps of Engineers Volunteer Program at Kinzua Dam. All interested persons, especially retired seniors, high school, and college students are invited to apply.”

Anyone who is interested in volunteering at the visitors center may contact Lauser at 726-0661.