Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site - Host
Location: Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site
Closest Towns: Pisgah Forest, NC / Brevard, NC
Session: First Session April - Mid-July
Session: Second Session Mid-July - Early November
Site Description: The Cradle of Forestry in America is the birthplace of science-based forest management and a living legacy made possible by George and Edith Vanderbilt of the nearby Biltmore Estate. Some 87,000 aces of the Vanderbilt’s “Pisgah Forest” tract became the nucleus of the Pisgah National Forest, established in 1916. This 6500 acre historic site was created by Congress in 1968 to “preserve, develop, and make available to this and future generations the birthplace of forestry and forestry education in America.”
Today the Cradle of Forestry is open to visitors from mid-April to early November. Visitors are rewarded with the opportunity to explore the past, present, and future of environmental sustainability and stewardship - brought to visitors through paved interpretive trails, interactive exhibits, film, music, drama, guided tours, nature programs, craft demonstrations, and special events. A sustainably designed Forest Discovery Center with its gift shop and café welcomes visitors to the historic structures and a relaxing walk through the woods or neighboring Pink Beds Valley.
Position Description: Hosts are on duty approximately 3 days/week and are primarily responsible for greeting visitors with rotational assignments at the Gatehouse, Information Desk, Exhibit Hall, Historic Buildings, Gift Shop, and living history trail programs. Hosts will assist staff with daily operations, coordinate programming and special events with CFAIA Directors and USFS personnel, and contribute to the safe and attractive operation of all grounds, facilities, historic buildings/collections, and equipment with a focus on sustainability and green practices, where appropriate.
Employed by: Cradle Manager
Responsible to: Cradle Manager / Cradle Caretaker
Amenities: Full hook-up (30 & 50 amp e/s/w); laundry; limited internet and cell service; uniform shirts; gift shop discount; ample time off to explore the area with its rich cultural and natural resources.
Minimum Length of Stay: 16 weeks