Reclamation seeks New Melones Lake volunteers

Media Contact: Erin Curtis, 916-978-5100,

For Release: February 01, 2019

Camp host volunteers at New Melones Lake
Camp host volunteers at New Melones Lake
SONORA, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking volunteers at its New Melones Lake, located 10 miles north of downtown Sonora at 6850 Studhorse Flat Road.

Volunteers may work towards acquiring annual day use, boat launch and federal park passes with hours worked. No experience necessary; however, working with diverse populations, enjoying people and being reliable are desired attributes.


Volunteer opportunities include:



  • Greeting visitors, answering phone calls, questions, and providing resources such as maps and guides of New Melones Lake and surrounding areas. Shifts available all week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Assisting park rangers with school programs and special events
  • Helping to care for drought-tolerant native plants in the garden and nursery
  • Living on site as a campground host
  • Monitoring wildlife
For information on becoming a volunteer, please visit or contact Park Ranger Mike McGraw at 209-536-9094 ext. 233 (TTY 800-877-8339) or

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