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Assist visitor services and interpretation staff at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center site, which includes a large visitor center with exhibits and auditorium, outdoor living history venues, gold panning, and hiking trails on a 509 acre site. Interpretation includes history and natural history, working with all age groups, and visitors from all parts of the country, as well as international visitors, who arrive as individual tourists, families, school groups, and organized commercial tour groups. The Interpretive Center is located five miles outside Baker City, Oregon, with a population of 10,000, full services, and a vibrant historic downtown, arts scene, and numerous summertime community events. Neighboring attractions include Hells Canyon, Sumpter Dredge and Sumpter Valley Railroad, Baker City Historic District and museums. The Interpretive Center is open daily, and work schedules are flexible. Hosts will be expected to contribute a minimum of 20 hours per week, and up to 32 hours. Training and uniforms provided.
Duties: -Greet Visitors, staff information desk, assist with regional travel plans and questions on area landscape, history, and attractions. -Provide interpretation on historic topics related to Oregon Trail, or natural history topics related to wildlife, vegetation, or geology using existing materials and scripts in form of lectures, living history demonstrations, guided hikes, gold panning demonstrations. -Collect fees, staff a fee station -Assist staff with visitor issues and emergencies.
Qualifications: -Good customer service skills, ability to answer telephone, accurately route messages, answer basic questions, willingness to work with co-workers and visitors of all ages and backgrounds. -ability to use or learn to use basic office equipment: computer, copier, fax, cash register -Basic interpretive ability – verbal or written communication skills, instructional skills, basic knowledge of western US history is helpful, however training is provided. -Ability to stand or sit for periods of up to ½ an hour at a time. -A current DOI access card will be required.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: No housing or RV pads are available on site. A stipend is offered towards housing or RV sites in the community. RV sites available within a 10 minute drive of the facility.