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A Call for Volunteers from the Catskill Fire Tower Project
The Catskill Fire Tower Project is looking forward to
another season of opening up the fire towers on top of five mountains in the Catskills so thousands of hikers can enjoy the spectacular, 360-degree views from the top.
We are looking for a few people who are interested in volunteering as Fire Tower Interpreters at Mount Tremper and possibly Hunter Mountain. This is a unique opportunity: volunteers hike to a mountain summit, open the cab at the top of a historic fire tower, welcome scores of hikers to enjoy the view, ensure the tower is in good condition and help with other volunteer activity.
The five fire towers in the Catskill Park are on Balsam Lake Mountain, Hunter Mountain, Overlook Mountain, Red Hill, and Mount Tremper. The Catskill Fire Tower Project is committed to maintaining these historic structures and staffing the towers with volunteer interpreters—allowing the cab to be open for visitors during summer and fall weekends.
At Mount Tremper, it is a steep 3-mile hike that ascends 2,000 feet to the 2,770 foot summit. Interpreters are asked to open the cab by 11 AM and keep it open until at least 4 PM. Volunteers are asked to commit to volunteering three days between Memorial Day and Columbus Day and attend a one-day training session on May 19. On Hunter Mountain there may still be an opportunity to volunteer—here volunteers can stay overnight in an observers cabin at the summit.
If you like talking to people, love to hike, and enjoy heights, volunteer for the Catskill Fire Tower Project.