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Volunteer Program of the USDA Forest Service

January 20, 2008

logoPassport in Time (PIT) is a volunteer archaeology and historic preservation program of the USDA Forest Service (FS). PIT volunteers work with professional FS archaeologists and historians on national forests throughout the U.S. on such diverse activities as archaeological survey and excavation, rock art restoration, survey, archival research, historic structure restoration, oral history gathering, and analysis and curation of artifacts. The FS professional staff of archaeologists and historians will be your hosts, guides, and co-workers.

New PIT volunteers receive a “Passport” and a PIT Passport number. Each time a volunteer visits a project, the project leader stamps the volunteer’s passport and documents their hours. Volunteers for multiple projects can fill up their passports with stamps from projects all over the country!

There is no fee to participate, however, you must get yourself to the project, and accommodations may vary. Many involve backcountry camping where you are responsible for your own food and gear. Others include meals prepared by a “camp cook,” often for a small fee. Still others provide hookups for RVs, or volunteers may stay at local hotels and travel to the site each day. The projects vary in length from two days to two weeks or longer.

Complete List of Projects Open for Applications

Arizona, Coronado NF, Caretaking the Coronado 2008 January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008

Arizona, Coronado NF, Caretaking the Coronado – Columbine Visitor Center May 23-June 12; June 13-July 10; July 11-July 31, 2008

Arizona, Coronado NF, Caretaking the Coronado – Portal Visitor Center July 1 – September 1, 2008

Arizona, Coronado NF, Doors, Floors & S’mores, Return to Kentucky Camp April 21-25, 2008

Arizona, Kaibab NF, Testing New Field Techniques: Measuring Deadmans Gray Sherd Thickness to Study Cohonina Migration near Sycamore Canyon September 21-27, 2008

California, Cleveland NF, A Hike into the Past: The Laguna Mountains Project V May 5-9; 12-16, 2008

California, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Tallac Historic Site Restoration Volunteer Program Session I: May 19-June 23; Session II: June 24-July 27; Session III: July 28-September 2; Session IV: September 3-October 10, 2008 (including weekends)

California, San Bernardino & Angeles NFs, Prehistoric Excavations in the Transverse Mountain Ranges April 20-25; April 27-May 2, 2008

Colorado, Pike & San Isabel NF, Archaeological Materials Analysis III March 24-28, 2008

Florida, Ocala NF, Historic Carr Cabin Landscape RestorationApril 18-24, 2008

Mississippi, De Soto NF, Excavation at a Corn Pile April 9-16, 2008

Montana, Lolo NF, The Historical Archaeology of the Cedar Creek Chinese ExperienceJune 22-28, 2008

Montana, Lolo NF, Morgan Case Homestead (Turn Key)May 11-16; May 18-23, 2008

Website:  http://www.passportintime.com/

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  1. pasthorizons permalink*
    January 21, 2008 10:10 am

    The Modoc NF is looking for volunteers for the 2008 field season (May -October). We are interested in International volunteers and will assist with acquiring a J-1 Training Visa through our Washington Office. The Modoc NF is located in the remote NE corner of California on the fringe of the Great Basin. We will provide free housing and $133 weekly per diem. International Trainees have been placed on the Forest most years since 1990. American volunteers are welcome, too. These volunteer positions are for placement periods of 2 to 6 months. Volunteers work with our seasonal Archaeological Technician crews and/or special projects. Please contact Gerry Gates, Forest Archaeologist on (530) 233-8731 for more information.

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