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LOCATION: Big Creek/Edwardsburg, Idaho

WAGES/PAY: + tips

EXPERIENCE: Previous experience required

START DATE:  Approximately May 25, 2018

Working at Big Creek Lodge will be memorable because 2018 will be the first season of operation since a devastating 2008 internal fire burned the 1930s lodge to the ground.  It's a unique operation because it is served primarily by a backcountry airstrip (that's how supplies are delivered too), is off the grid, and is operated by an aviation nonprofit, Idaho Aviation Foundation, which also painstakingly rebuilt it over a 5 year period. 

If you like to work hard and play hard off the grid in a rugged setting--then this job may be for you!  

The ideal two Caretaker/Lodge Managers are good friends or a couple who work well together can share accommodations, like to wear many hats and think on their feet.  They love being where seasonal visitors number in the hundreds not millions--and enjoy delighting those guests whether they are on a day trip arriving via aircraft or a week-long stay on ATVs. 

Amenities are simple: we generate our own electricity via hydro, there is no cell service nor landline, we have slow but working wifi, the nearest town of 3,000 is over 3-hour drive away...but the lodge's huge fireplace and spruce log construction welcomes those who truly want to disconnect.  Visitors are thrilled to visit the 2.3 million acre Wilderness a stone's throw away, yet enjoy the hospitality and safety Big Creek Lodge provides to those who cannot or do not wish to camp.

Managing the Lodge has a variety of duties shared by two people (and some volunteer help), including:

·         Cheerfully greeting/serving guests, answering questions, relating area history

·         Planning, preparing and serving meals and drinks (including wine/beer)

·         Ordering and storing food/supplies & merchandise

·         Cleaning lodge & guest rooms, including small cabin and yurt & maintaining clean linens

·         Collecting payments for food and merchandise as needed, maintaining records 

·         Mowing/watering lawn and irrigating pasture

·         Maintaining buildings and equipment, performing minor maintenance as needed

·         Cutting/splitting firewood as needed

·         Promoting Big Creek Lodge via website/social media posts 2x per week

·         Delegating work to volunteers (handling dishes, laundry, garbage etc)

·         Must be over 19, have a valid drivers' license and be able to lift 50 lbs

The rebuilt Big Creek Lodge has 4 comfortable rooms for rent to the public, and will normally accommodate 6-8 people with up to 20 possible via a backcountry yurt and small cabin nearby.  It is known as a special 'fly in' breakfast spot, so weekends can be busy in the morning with slower times mid-week.  The Caretaker/Managers will run the Lodge with a fair amount of independence while working cooperatively with Supervisor located in Boise, Idaho.

For a job description and application contact Nadine Burak at info@rebuildbigcreek.com.

 

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Big Creek Lodge is all snugged in for the winter and materials have been delivered and stored in anticipation of completion next spring.  Although the lodge was nearly, but not quite completed this year, we attained many other milestones and will send out a project update in December.  In the meantime, here are some pre-holiday ways for you to “Wrap Up” your giving for the year.
(Gentlemen, feel free to forward this email to your better half if they are doing most of the holiday shopping.)

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1.  Facebook:  You can potentially double your donation through the generosity of Facebook and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On #GivingTuesday, November 28th, there will be a match of up to $2 million of funds raised on Facebook for U.S. nonprofits. Facebook is also waiving its fees for donations made to nonprofits on Facebook.  Donate on our Facebook Page by clicking on the "DONATE" button just below the right side of the Lodge picture.     


​2.  AmazonSmile:  Every time you shop AmazonSmile (an Amazon website for AmazonSmile HolidayPictre 2non-profits, but with the same great selection of products and prices) using our AmazonSmile Link, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Idaho Aviation Foundation. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.  Just click on the link, and say "Yes" to support Idaho Aviation Foundation.

 

3.  ADS-B Out Raffle
Win an ADS-B Out installation for your plane!  This could also be a great gift for your flying friends, and you'll be helping support Big Creek Lodge at the same time.  The system is valued at $4,695 and has been donated by Jackson Jet Center at KBOI.  Prize includes:

  • Stratus ESG 1090 ES Transponder with built-in WAAS GPS      2017.06.12 Cropped ADS B        
  • GPS antenna                                                                  
  • Installation          
  • ADS-B "In" and other upgrades available
  • Applicable to most Part 23 aircraft

Tickets are $20 each and only 1000 tickets will be sold.  You can buy tickets HERE.  Drawing will be held by February 15, 2018 (Date TBD).  Prize is transferrable.  Must be installed at Jackson Jet Center.  Product information is available at appareo.com/stratus and raffle Terms and Conditions are here.

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Jackson Jet Center in Boise

Thank You Again for your support in the past.  We do appreciate your time and money as we come to the final stages of finishing Big Creek Lodge for opening in 2018.

August 20, 2017

GRANT RECEIVED!  The Idaho Aviation Foundation (IAF) received terrific news recently when the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awarded IAF a $157,000 grant to complete construction of Big Creek Lodge and other related projects.  The grant will cover the $65,000 needed to complete the lodge, plus a new website for reservations and lodge operations, and much-needed repairs and upgrades to the 1930s era General Store and Tack Shed, Duplex Cabin and Yurt. The Lodge was built in the 1930s and was destroyed by fire in 2008—leaving one less backcountry place for the public to enjoy meals, lodging and other services.  Since 2013, IAF has been leading the work and fund raising to rebuild the lodge and in partnership with the USFS/Payette National Forest.  The lodge is nearing completion in 2017.  

2017.06 Lodge smallThe Murdock Trust is based in Vancouver, Washington and funds programs that enhance lives and the quality of life of people and communities via social, educational, and cultural initiatives in the Northwest.  For 80 years, Big Creek Lodge uniquely enhanced lives of outdoor enthusiasts in many of these ways, and the Murdock Trust saw the enormous potential of the lodge and the benefits for the general public and for pilots alike.  
 
“The generous grant from the Murdock Trust is a tremendous vote of confidence from one of the largest and most respected foundations in the Pacific Northwest.  We are honored to be a grant recipient, and now we can focus on completing the lodge,” said Jim Davies, IAF President.  “With that said, the IAF will still be raising money for startup and a general fund for repair/maintenance going forward,” he continued.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE 
Despite some challenges this year from Mother Nature, the project to rebuild Big Creek Lodge has made good progress, and is planned to be largely completed by October.  To finish it, access via the Big Creek Road is required to get supplies, workers and materials into the site.  Road access has been difficult, thanks to the large snowpack from last season, followed by wildfires in July and early August that led to road closures in the area (fire fighters quickly attacked both fires successfully).  Weather and fire issues also forced two breakfast/fund raising events to be curtailed or postponed this season.  Fortunately, IAF had pre-positioned some heavy materials at the site in October 2016, and then flew workers to the site in May and June, getting a jump on things. 

Major accomplishments this season include completion of the lodge’s centerpiece—the beautiful rock fireplace.  In addition, we finished trouble shooting and completion of the2017.08.19 Chuck completed fireplace small hydro-electric system hook up (functioning for the first time since 2008); installation of most of the fire suppression system; rough-in of most electrical and plumbing, completion of interior framing including windows and doors; completion of hand-made sink vanities; and selection of kitchen equipment. 

Projects to be completed include installation of sheet rock, wall panels, bathroom fixtures, flooring, kitchen equipment and small heaters for rooms.  Workers will also tie into the current propane and water supply lines, finish the fire suppression system and plumbing/electrical, and do final trim including some paint.  There is grading and trench work needed, but those efforts will not affect the opening. 

Should construction continue as planned, the lodge will be open in 2018 for meals, rooms to rent, and a shower for campers.  There will be four rooms to rent in the lodge—each with its own bath/shower, and other lodging will be available at the nearby 8-person Yurt and a rustic cabin on site.  Recruiting for caretakers will begin in the Fall, and a new website will be launched in winter. 

Several initiatives are in the works to raise money for startup costs and a general repair/maintenance fund, including an Amazon Gift Registry that donors can select specific items for donation, a raffle for an ADS-B system (see below), and donor appreciation programs like the popular Log Lifter program for $1000 donors who get their name displayed on a large saw to be displayed in the lodge.  People interested in donating can do so online at www.rebuildbigcreek.com or can receive information on the Amazon.com Gift Registry by contacting info@rebuildbigcreek.com with inquiries.

2016.06.18 BC Breakfast Serving Line smallHOLD THE DATE:  IAF has announced another breakfast event at the site on Saturday, September 9 (8:30-10:00). 

CARETAKERS NEEDED:  In September 2017, IAF will be accepting applications for two caretaker positions for the 2018 season running from mid-May to mid-October.  These paid positions include room and board, and caretakers will share a room in the lodge.   The caretakers will be responsible for maintaining and cleaning the Lodge and outbuildings (including the nearby Yurt), cooking for guests, and helping guests enjoy their stay.  Interested or know someone who is?  Please send an email to info@rebuildbigcreek.com to inquire and receive a job description in September.

Win an ADS-B Out installation for your plane - or give it to a friend!  You'll be helping support Big Creek Lodge at the same time.  The system is valued at $4,695 and has been donated by Jackson Jet Center at KBOI.  Prize includes:

  • Stratus ESG 1090 ES Transponder with built-in WAAS GPS      2017.06.12 Cropped ADS B        
  • GPS antenna                                                                  
  • Installation* ($1000 from Jackson Jet, $700 from IAF)          
  • ADS-B "In" and other upgrades available
  • Applicable to most Part 23 aircraft

Tickets are $20 each and only 1000 tickets will be sold.  Tickets will be available at many aviation events throughout the summer and online tickets are now available - click HERE to buy tickets.  Drawing will be held by February 15, 2018 (Date TBD).  Prize is transferrable.  Must be installed at Jackson Jet Center.  Product information is available at appareo.com/stratus and raffle Terms and Conditions are here.

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Jackson Jet Center in Boise

*Jackson Jet Center is donating the above items to benefit Idaho Aviation Foundation's Rebuild Big Creek Lodge project.  Free installation for Part 23 aircraft with a current transponder.  Some limitations may apply.  IAF cannot guarantee applicability.