Sponsoring Program: Fort Leaton State Historic Site
Do you love the desert? Do you want to experience some of the darkest skies in the United States and learn about border culture and history? If so, then being a Park Host at Fort Leaton State Historic Site and Big Bend Ranch State Park may be the right fit for you!
Location: Situated in the rugged Chihuahuan Desert, Fort Leaton State Historic Site is the western entrance for Big Bend Ranch State Park. This historic site is part of the Big Bend Ranch State Park Complex, located about a mile east of Presidio.
What you will do: Assist park staff with all streams of park operation, including maintenance, visitor orientaton, daily operations, etc.
What you should know: FLSHS is located in a rugged and remote area, where temperatures during summer months can soar to ~118 degrees during the day. The nearest Wal Mart is 3.5 hours away; the same is true for hospitals. It is a rugged area that, with an open mind, can become one of your greatest and most rewarding adventures.
Bats at FLSHS: There is a variety of fascinating flora and fauna within the Big Bend Region. During warm summer months, Fort Leaton is a roosting site for a colony of Mexican freetailed bats. Warm month duties include sweeping bat guano and cleaning the Fort's rooms thoroughly; bats typically migrate out of the Fort in early October.