AVAILABILITY OF POSITIONS:
Volunteer Interpretive Park Ranger positions are currently available beginning in April, 2013 and beyond. Prospective volunteers with RVs are encouraged to apply since there are ample RV sites available. Dorm rooms for singles are also available. An apartment for couples without an RV may also be available.
NOTES: Please include three references (with phone numbers) in section 19 of the application. References should be unrelated to you and able to speak about your ability and/or aptitude for the position. Also, couples must complete applications for EACH person.
Join a dynamic team of Volunteer Interpretive Park Rangers! Enjoy amazing scenery and outstanding local recreational opportunities including hiking and backpacking, kayaking, wilderness hot springs, wildlife observation, and outstanding solitude. The 700-year-old Gila Cliff Dwellings annually attract 30,000 visitors. Stargazing opportunities are excellent due to dark skies.
The National Monument is located in the beautiful mountains of the Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness area of southwestern New Mexico. The park includes the Cliff Dwellings, other Mogollon archeological sites, and the multi-agency Gila Visitor center. Interpretive activities and visitation focus on the architectural remains of the Gila Cliff Dwellings.
The main visitor season is May-October, but year-round staffing is needed. Volunteers are required to make a 3 month/32 hour a week minimum commitment.
Volunteers will be living and working at an altitude of about 5700 feet. Since we are open all year and much of the work is outdoors, volunteers will be working in a wide range of weather conditions and temperatures. Working at the Cliff Dwellings requires standing for extended periods of time and hiking a one-mile loop trail that some may consider strenuous. Volunteers are expected to be able to give guided interpretive tours of the cliff dwellings.
VOLUNTEER INTERPRETIVE PARK RANGER: After training, Volunteer Interpretive Park Rangers prepare and present guided tours of the cliff dwellings and provide informal interpretation about surrounding cultural and natural resources. They also staff the Gila Visitor Center in order to provide wilderness, cliff dwelling, and area information to visitors and sell items through the Western National Parks Association store.
CAMPGROUND HOST: There are NO campground host opportunities at Gila Cliff Dwellings NM.
Due to the remoteness, reliable personal transportation and a valid drivers license are required.
• Housing Description:
Housing may be available including RV pads with full hookups or private dorm rooms with shared kitchen, living room and bath facilities, computer room, Wi-fi, and laundry. An apartment for couples without an RV may also be available.
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