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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.

A toast to Randy Arnold and 25 Barefoot years at Mono Lake

Friday, July 10th, 2015 by Arya, Communications Director
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Randy Arnold. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

Randy Arnold, Barefoot Wine ambassador and Mono Lake champion. Photo by Arya Degenhardt.

In spring 2003, the Mono Lake Committee got an intern application that stood out—Randy Arnold, 13-year ambassador for Barefoot Winery and 20-year Mono Lake Committee volunteer and member, wanted to be the Birding Intern. We were probably as surprised as his employers—Barefoot Wine founders Bonnie Harvey and Michael Houlihan, who had just given their #1 employee a sabbatical to follow his dream of working for Mono Lake.

Fast-forward to 2015 and Randy is celebrating his 25th anniversary with Barefoot. He continues to make good on the promise he made at age 14 (when he first visited Mono Lake on his way to 4-H summer camp) to return to the Eastern Sierra as often as possible. (more…)

Mono Lake Interns then and now: Erik Lyon

Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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Erik as an “Iron Ranger” in the Trail Chic Fashion Show 2013. Photo by of Arya Degenhardt.

This post was written by Julie Curtis, 2014 Mono Lake Intern.

Regulars to Mono Lake will likely remember Erik Lyon, a wonderfully goofy guy (see photo below) who worked at the Mono Lake Committee during the summers of 2011 to 2013. Beloved by staff, Erik is missed this summer, but we are thrilled to hear about his new exciting life in Seattle, Washington.

Erik’s first experience with Mono Lake was unusual … in that he hated it. Dragged to Mono Lake by his parents during a long road trip, Erik was sick and exhausted when he first met the beautiful tufa tours he came to love. An experience so terrible, he claims to lack much memory of it. (more…)

Mono Lake Interns then and now: Lisa Curtis

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Julie Curtis, 2014 Mono Lake Intern.

Over the years the Mono Lake Committee has attracted hundreds of young, passionate environmentalists looking for involvement in Mono Lake’s story. Whether in college, fresh out of school or like this year’s two Birding Interns, retired folks looking to help out, the seasonal staff plays a huge role in keeping the Mono Lake Committee a well-oiled machine during the summer months. I am not alone in feeling that what I have given the Committee cannot compare to what the people, experiences, and natural world in the Eastern Sierra has given me. The incredible Mono Lake story is infectious and continues to inspire me as I head further into the field of environmental studies.

The departures of seasonal staff occurs in two waves each year—in the end of August and the beginning of November. Once departed, it largely becomes a mystery where these individuals full of fun Mono Lake facts end up. Luckily, many keep in touch. One retired intern in particular is pretty much forced into keeping in touch with me. My sister Lisa Curtis was a Mono Lake Intern seven years ago (more…)

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