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Want to volunteer for Mono Lake? This year is your chance.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 by Jessica, Office Director
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Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve Park Ranger Dave Marquart teaches volunteers at South Tufa. Photo courtesy of Karen Gardner.

The Mono Lake Volunteers play an increasingly essential role in educating people about Mono Lake. The group, which has grown to more than 60 people of all ages, contributes to visitors’ experiences at South Tufa and the State Reserve boardwalk at County Park. Each summer, volunteers spend thousands of hours in the Eastern Sierra giving Mono Lake tours to summer visitors from all over the world, helping with Mono Lake Committee membership mailings, pulling invasive plant species to help restore Mono Lake’s tributaries, and more.

This year, in an effort to make it easier for new volunteers to join, we have a new training schedule. (more…)

Work at Mono Lake this summer!

Monday, December 19th, 2016 by Jessica, Office Director
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What does almost every permanent staff member at the Mono Lake Committee have in common? Most started their Committee careers as seasonal staff; either as Mono Lake Interns, Information Center & Bookstore Assistants, Canoe Coordinators, or Outdoor Education Instructors. We have all enjoyed leading canoe tours, interpretive programs, and worked shifts in the bookstore.

Mono Lake Interns lead canoe tours as one of their many jobs every summer.

Mono Lake Interns lead canoe tours as one of their many jobs every summer. Photo by Lily Pastel.

Job descriptions for the Mono Lake Committee’s summer 2017 seasonal jobs are now posted, so if you would like to join us in one of the most unique places in the American West, check them out!

Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2017 and positions are open until filled. If you are interested, make sure to apply early. If you have any questions regarding the positions, please read the job description for the appropriate person’s contact information.

Sign up for the 36th annual Tioga Pass Run

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Jessica, Office Director
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While its claim to fame is “only one hill,” the Tioga Pass Run is one hefty task.

Fall colors along the road during the Tioga Pass Run. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Fall colors along the road during the Tioga Pass Run. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Over 12.4 miles, runners and walkers ascend 3,164 feet from Lee Vining to the eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park. Along the way, Mt. Dana stands proudly over Lee Vining Canyon, holding what’s left of last winter’s snowpack in its couloirs. The meadows of Lee Vining Canyon are turning (more…)

Volunteer for Mono Lake this year

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Jessica, Office Director
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The Mono Lake Volunteer program had a great 2015 season, with over 60 volunteers, the cooperation of a number of Mono Basin partners, and a generous grant from CalParks, all helping to make this long-standing program a successful one.

The 2015 volunteers celebrate the end of a successful season. Photo courtesy of Janet Carle.

The 2015 volunteers celebrate the end of a successful season. Photo courtesy of Janet Carle.

After such a great year, we are getting ready for the 2016 volunteer season! We are now recruiting volunteers for this (more…)

We’re hiring: Come work at Mono Lake!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Jessica, Office Director
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What’s better than spending a summer working at Mono Lake? Arguably, nothing!

The 2015 Mono Lake Committee staff. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

The 2015 Mono Lake Committee staff. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Applications for the Mono Lake Committee’s summer 2016 seasonal jobs are now posted, so if you want to canoe, lead interpretive programs, go bird watching, work in our beautiful Information Center & Bookstore, and learn all there is to know about Mono Lake, check them out.

Hiring begins now and positions are open until filled. If you are interested, make sure to apply early. If you have any questions regarding the positions, please read the job description for the appropriate person’s contact information.

Results are in for the 35th annual Tioga Pass Run

Friday, September 18th, 2015 by Jessica, Office Director
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The 35th annual Tioga Pass Run took off in front of the Mono Lake Committee last Sunday. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The 35th annual Tioga Pass Run took off in front of the Mono Lake Committee last Sunday. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Last Sunday, September 13, 102 runners and walkers made their way up 12.4 miles of the grueling and scenic Tioga Pass, during the 35th annual Tioga Pass Run. They started in front of the Mono Lake Committee in Lee Vining and finished at the entrance to Yosemite National Park, gaining 3,165 feet in elevation along the way.

Patrick Parsel of South Lake Tahoe won overall with the time of 1:29:43, close to ten minutes faster than the fastest time last year. Jessica Francois, Lee Vining local and former Mono Lake Committee staff member, was the first female finisher, beating (more…)

Registration open for 2015 Tioga Pass Run

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 by Jessica, Office Director
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Registration is now open for the 2015 Tioga Pass Run!

Register before June 6 for the early-bird rate of $40. Entrance fees increase to $50 after that, and then to $60 on August 6 through race day.

The race will be held on Sunday, September 13, and all proceeds from the run will benefit the Mono Lake Committee.

Join the camaraderie of the Tioga Pass Run: 3,164 feet of elevation gain over a 12.4-mile course along the shoulder of one of the most scenic highways in the country! The run starts in Lee Vining at an elevation of 6,781 feet and finishes at the Tioga Pass entrance station to Yosemite at an elevation of 9,945 feet.

Athletes take off from the starting line of the Tioga Pass Run last year. Photo courtesy of Dick Erb.

Athletes take off from the starting line of the Tioga Pass Run last year. Photo courtesy of Dick Erb.

Love Mono Lake? Volunteer this summer!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by Jessica, Office Director
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The Mono Lake Committee, US Forest Service, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, California State Parks, and the Bodie Foundation are teaming up to sponsor the twelfth season of our Mono Lake Volunteer Program this summer. Volunteers will have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and share their knowledge of the Eastern Sierra. It’s a great way to learn about Mono Lake while getting to know fellow volunteers and giving back to the area.

The Mono Lake Volunteer program partners celebrate last year's new volunteer graduates. Photo by Rose Catron.

The Mono Lake Volunteer program partners celebrate last year’s new volunteer graduates. Photo by Rose Catron.

Mono Lake volunteers are an essential part of the interpretation and overall guest experience at Mono Lake. Every year, volunteers connect with (more…)

Unprecedented February wildfires ravage Eastern Sierra communities

Monday, February 9th, 2015 by Jessica, Office Director
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Several communities in the Eastern Sierra have been suddenly and tragically affected by wind-driven wildfires that started last Friday, February 6.

A view of the Round Fire moving up the Wheeler Ridge on Friday night, driven by unusually strong winds. Photo courtesy of Jerry Dodrill.

A view of the Round Fire moving up the Wheeler Ridge on Friday night, driven by unusually strong winds. Photo courtesy of Jerry Dodrill.

South of Lee Vining, the Round Fire destroyed 40 residences and damaged five more in the Paradise and Swall Meadows area near Highway 395 north of Bishop. Fire crews and other rescue personnel rushed to evacuate residents and contain the fire, but because of high winds and the extremely dry, unprecedented February conditions, containment of the fire was (more…)

Mono Lake Committee summer jobs posted

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 by Jessica, Office Director
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Are you interested in tufa towers and brine shrimp? Do you want to explore the beautiful mountains and high desert of the Eastern Sierra? Does working for a successful non-profit for the summer sound like fun? Well, we have the perfect job opportunity for you!

The Mono Lake Committee’s summer 2015 seasonal jobs are now open for applications.

Hiring begins January 1, 2015 and positions are open until filled. If you are interested, make sure to apply early. If you have any questions regarding the positions, please read the job description for the appropriate person’s contact information.

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