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Visitor Center Hosts Wanted
Oregon Paleo Lands Center May through October 


The Oregon Paleo Lands Center is seeking qualified volunteers now for one or two-month Visitor Center Host assignments:  May through October. This is an exciting new position to meet, welcome, and educate visitors and school groups from all over Oregon and the United States.   As you help visitors at the Oregon Paleo Lands Center, you will learn about the spectacular natural/cultural history of the John Day Basin.   The Center will provide you with training and assistance and with free camping at the Wheeler Co Fairgrounds RV Park. The attractive Center is located next to the historic Wheeler Co. Courthouse in downtown Fossil, a friendly, small community (20 miles from Condon, 65 miles from Madras).  The Center is within a short walking distance from a full range of local services such as stores, restaurants, post office, bank, and laundry.

Please see the OPLI – Visitor Center  Host Description and Application for details on the position, Fossil area services and attractions, and OPLI contact information.


The Visitor Center Host will:

   1. Inform, educate, assist visitors and school groups about John  Day Basin natural/cultural

   2. Assist visitors to enjoy special   events  
      including the Memorial weekend Spray Rodeo, 4th of July Fossil Bluegrass Festival, August
       County Fair and Rodeo


  3. Keep Center open for the public 4-5 days a week (Thursday-Sunday) Normal Hours 10AM-4PM

  4. Orient visitors to John Day Basin attractions, services, lodging, campgrounds using the 
      Center’s  extensive handouts and guides (  Help  visitors use  nearby State Parks, Scenic  Bikeways and Byways, John 
      Day River, National Monument,  National Forests, BLM lands)


  5. Lead short talks & occasional in-town tours: Fossil Museum, Fossil historic sites, Wheeler 
      High Fossil Beds

OPLI developed this Host position with advice from Oregon State Parks. OPLI welcomes volunteers who have served at State Parks or  similar sites and also encourages potential OPLI hosts to also check out the State Parks Park Host program:

Visitor Center Host Description

Visitor Center Host Application

Oregon Paleo Lands  
Institute Center

2024 Summer Hours

Thursday - Sunday 


*we will be closed

one hour for lunch

Want to Volunteer?

The Paleo Lands Center invites you, to meet the public and school groups at our educational hub of the John Day Basin. Volunteers can serve as Board Members, Advisors, Center helpers and docents and help share exciting natural history exhibits, brochures, and books with visitors and schools.
Please Contact the Center at

541-763-4480 or for details


Road and Weather Conditions


*Please call or email if you would like to schedule your school group for a visit during the week. Thank you!


Contact Information

333 West Fourth Street

Post Office Box 104

Fossil, OR 97830
Phone: (541) 763-4480




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