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February 13, 2006
Contact: Lesley A. Collins

Trails Center Plans Volunteer Training this March:
Seeks Cashiers for Gift Shop and Admissions Desk

In preparation for the upcoming summer season, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is holding two volunteer training sessions this March. Members of the community interested in volunteering at the Trails Center are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.

Volunteer sessions will be held:

  • Thursday, March 9 from 5:30 – 7 pm
  • Saturday, March 4 from 9:30 – 11 a.m.

The Trails Center is seeking people to serve as cashiers for the on-site gift shop and as admission fee cashiers. Retail and cashiering experience is helpful but not necessary for these positions.

In 2005, the BLM began operating the facility’s on-site gift shop in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Nature Association (RMNA). Gift shop cashiers will assist in sales of the merchandise and in the inventory of products.

“Volunteers are vital to the success of the Trails Center,” said Gayle Irwin, Volunteer Coordinator. “When the facility goes to summer hours, it is open seven days a week for 11 hours each day. Thousands of people come through the doors, including hundreds of school children. We can use a few extra hands this year especially as the BLM takes on the gift shop for the first time.”

Other volunteer opportunities are also available. Trails Center Docents (also known as Trail Guides) work in the exhibit areas, operating the wagon crossing experience, for example. They may also serve as tour guides, leading groups of school children through the center, or provide informative talks to visitors. Information assistants greet and welcome visitors, provide them with a brief overview of the Center, and answer questions about the Casper area. Admission cashiers collect visitation fees from Trails Center guests and answer visitor inquiries and questions.

Volunteers work a regular schedule at the Center. They can work weekly, monthly or whenever their schedule permits. Anyone interested in volunteering at the Trails Center should contact Irwin at 307-261-7787 or by email gayle_irwin@blm.gov. Pre-registration for the training sessions is required.


Last updated: 03-03-2007