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Get in the know! It’s time for the 2014 New Host Orientation!

February 12, 2014

The snow is melting (at least west of the Cascades) and we can already smell Spring in the air here at Parks, which means our new hosts are arriving and seeking out park assignments for the upcoming seasons. It also means we are getting geared up for the 2014 New Host Orientation! Whether you have already gotten your feet wet working at the parks this year or you are a brand new host applicant still seeking your first assignment, we invite you to join us for the opportunity to become more acquainted with Oregon State Parks, the Volunteer Host program and your fellow park hosts.

This 3-day session takes place at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, April 22nd-24th.

At the orientation, new hosts can expect an overview of the Oregon State Parks system and how hosts help foster Oregon parks’ internationally acclaimed reputation. Our sessions will review the history and success of the Park Host program, discuss mutual expectations and guidelines, and explain a typical day in the life of a host. Participants can expect a range of topics from mediation training to safety tips, presented by specialists from all corners of OPRD. In addition to our sessions, we invite the various parks to participate in a Host Opportunities Fair, where new hosts will have the chance to meet park staff from the field.

Included in your registration is a ticket to OPRD’s Outstanding Hosts of the Year Awards luncheon, which will be followed by a panel discussion composed of our award nominees, winners and their managers. This is a fantastic opportunity for new hosts to ask specific questions of the experts, our most experienced hosts. Registered hosts also have the option of parking their RV on site for the extent of the orientation, though no hook-ups will be provided. Parking will be available from 3:00 pm on April 21st, with festivities kicking off at 5:30 pm. We’ll begin with some fun icebreakers and our traditional potluck dinner. Bring your favorite dish and spark up a conversation with your neighbor about whoever made that incredible apple pie! The night will conclude with an interpretive presentation by one of our favorite park rangers.

We are excited to have you on board and want to help you succeed! So get in touch today to sign up for the 2014 New Host Orientation. Please contact Jill Nishball, Mountain Region Visitor Experiences Coordinator, at jill.nishball@oregon.gov or leave her a message at 541-388-6073.

*You MUST already be a host applicant actively seeking assignments in order to attend. Space is limited.

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