By Paul Fattig
If you aren't susceptible to cabin fever, don't mind using a privy and shrug off an occasional bear sniffing around, Uncle Sam has a job for you.
A volunteer host is needed this summer for the historic Brushy Bar Guard Station in the Wild Rogue Wilderness of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. The cabin overlooks the Rogue River river corridor about 50 miles east of Gold Beach.
Access to the remote site requires either a 20-minute ride on a U.S. Forest Service-operated jet boat or a nine-mile hike on the Rogue River Trail starting at the trail head near Agness.
"We're looking for someone who would be really comfortable in a remote, rustic location," said forest spokeswoman Virginia Gibbons.
"It's quite a hike in, and there is a big section of the trail to monitor," she added. "We need someone who likes to get out and hike and talk to people. That person will be representing the Forest Service."
The self-sufficient individual would serve as host from June 7 to September, or perhaps as late as mid-October, she said. The volunteer generally work three weeks on and five days off, although an alternative schedule can be arranged, she added.
A couple is welcome, although only one person would qualify for reimbursement, she said.
"It's always nice to have a buddy in case something happens," she said.
The host is not paid and is required to provide his or her groceries, but a small reimbursement fund is available for authorized expenses, she said.
In addition to the reimbursement and housing, the agency will provide support services to the volunteer that includes a volunteer uniform and transportation on the jet boat, she added.
The host job includes providing fire information to the public and extinguishing abandoned or illegal camp fires. Other duties include a considerable amount of hiking and light trail maintenance work, greeting forest visitors, answering questions, providing assistance as needed and picking up litter.
The host is also responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the cabin and landscaping, along with pit toilet cleaning and stocking.
The one-bedroom cabin has a screened porch. The cabin was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, according to forest archaeologist Janet Joyer.
The cabin comes with a propane cook stove and oven, refrigerator, heater, solar lights, running water and radio communications. There is an outhouse out back.
"There is flexibility in our quest to find the right match for the host position," Gibbons said.
For more information, contact Nancy Schwieger or Tom Hawkins at the Gold Beach Ranger District at 541-247-3600.
Reach reporter Paul Fattig at 541-776-4496 or email him at email@example.com.
This story originally appeared in Medford Mail Tribune.