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Ecological Restoration Internship (MCHA) Golden Gate National Recreation Area Address: 201 Fort Mason San Francisco, CA 94123 Contact: Terry Kreidler 415-561-4755 Availability: 5/5/2014--9/30/2014 Created: 4/9/2014 Suitability: Adults, Teens, Seniors Difficulty: Average Direct Link: http://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=14119
• Botany • Conservation Education • Other • Soil/Watershed • Natural Resources Planning • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
with the Presidio Park Stewards, a partnership between the National Park Service, Presidio Trust, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
The Presidio Park Stewards program strives to protect and enhance natural areas of the Presidio. The Presidio is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is the largest urban national park in the United States. Its dunes, grasslands, and wetlands are home to rare and endangered plant and wildlife species. Habitat restoration projects are completed through the support of community volunteers.
Coordinate weekly volunteer programs and service projects for youth and adult groups.
Implement key components of restoration action plans including invasive plant control and native plant community revegetation.
Manage your own stewardship site in the Presidio and maintain program tools, facilities, and equipment.
Conduct adaptive management and monitoring activities for rare and endangered plant species.
Assist in educating volunteers on the concepts of ecological restoration, biodiversity, invasive species, and conservation biology.
Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, environmental studies, or geography, and/or knowledge of basic ecology.
Proclivity for land stewardship and an enthusiasm for rigorous outdoor work in all types of site and weather conditions.
Good organizational skills and independent time management.
Enthusiasm for engaging with the community (volunteers, community groups, middle and high school students).
Seasonal internship, May through end of September, 2014
Tues-Sat schedule (or Sun-Thurs), 40 hrs per week
Housing in the Presidio
Please send a resume to: Michael Chasse, Bldg. 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco CA 94123 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOUSING & AMENITIES Not Available
National Park Service
Native Plant Nursery Intern Golden Gate National Recreation Area Address: 201 Fort Mason San Francisco, CA 94123 Contact: Terry Kreidler 415-561-4755 Availability: 6/3/2014--5/1/2015 Created: 4/9/2014 Suitability: Adults, Teens Difficulty: Average Direct Link: http://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=14120
• Botany • Conservation Education • Soil/Watershed • Natural Resources Planning • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Native Plant Nursery Intern Golden Gate National Parks, Fort Funston and Pacifica Fulltime for 1 year
Are you passionate about plants, working in a nursery setting, building community, educating youth, and restoring open space?
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is a destination for both locals and international visitors with its sweeping vistas, immense biological diversity, and unique cultural resources. With over 15 million visitors annually and over 80,000 acres of land, the GGNRA is the largest urban national park in the country. A thriving community-based stewardship program is working to rehabilitate the park’s natural areas. The Native Plant Nursery system is one of the vital components of this program, growing thousands of native plants, with the support of volunteers and educating hundreds of Bay Area students each year. The Fort Funston and Oceana Nurseries are a part of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (Parks Conservancy), a non-profit partner of the National Parks Service. The Fort Funston Nursery is the oldest nursery in the park and is located behind the ranger station by the south end of Ocean Beach at Fort Funston. The Oceana Native Plant Nursery is a partnership between the National Park Service, the Parks Conservancy, and Oceana High School, and operates within a beautiful school garden, behind the high school in Pacifica, CA.
Position Overview We are looking for a Fort Funston and Oceana Nurseries Intern that is excited to work in a dynamic, community-based, nursery program in the GGNRA in the San Francisco bay area. This intern will work with a broad range of audiences, especially youth, through a variety of service and learning opportunities. This internship aims to introduce the intern to all aspects of managing a native plant nursery with an emphasis on seed collection and processing, plant propagation and after care, and facilities maintenance. The intern will gain valuable experience in botany (especially CA native plant identification), environmental education, habitat restoration, and volunteer management.
Position Description of Duties
Assist with plant propagation at both the Fort Funston and Oceana Nursery. This includes, but is not limited to:
Assist with the collection, processing, and storage of plant materials for propagation.
Work to meet the nursery’s propagation goals by performing seed treatments, sowing seeds and transplanting.
Perform routine plant maintenance: weed, fertilize, prune and move plants.
Perform facilities maintenance as needed: routine upkeep, maintenance, and repairs to greenhouse and shade house irrigation systems, building structures and equipment.
Maintain nursery records and enter data into the nursery database.
Assist with all aspects of managing a volunteer program and coordinating outreach. This includes:
Plan for, and assist with, weekly nursery volunteer workdays on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Develop outreach materials to promote participation in the nursery program and protection of park resources.
Develop and perform outdoor presentations to engage a variety of audiences, including youth, while promoting conservation and habitat restoration.
Record and enter volunteer program records into the database.
Import and organize digital images.
Time provided, assist other team members with habitat restoration activities including removal of invasive plants, planting of natives and other site maintenance activities.
Time provided, pick and develop an independent project on a plant research topic, mapping or other applicable natural resources subject.
Gain leadership, marketable skills, and restoration experience at a highly respected non-profit organization with a model partnership between two Federal agencies.
Opportunities to work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands while engaging the next generation of park stewards.
Opportunity for personal/professional development days to pursue an interest, including training and education in various departments within the Park Service and Parks Conservancy.
Fifty Dollar ($50.00) per day stipend available with no housing, or Twenty Five Dollar ($25.00) per day stipend available with housing in the beautiful Marin Headlands. To qualify for housing, you must live at least 25 miles away from San Francisco.
Passion, curiosity, and enthusiasm for horticulture and native plants.
Excellent attention to detail.
Desire to work in a team and to work with a diversity of people with different backgrounds, ethnicity, races, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints.
Good communication skills; treats others with respect; speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
Basic computer literacy a plus.
Physical Requirements and Work Environments
This is a field based position with a day (or two) of office time per week. Must enjoy working outside in various weather conditions while maintaining a sense of humor.
Ability to lift, carry and position objects weighing up to 40 pounds
• Computers • Office/Clerical • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
The Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, encompasses 12,000 acres of open space, extending from the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Beach. The area, renowned for its geological features, also provides habitat for diverse plants and animals including several endangered species. The park contains significant cultural resources such as the Point Bonita Lighthouse.
Description of Duties:
Assist in operation of the Marin Headlands Visitor Center
Research and deliver interpretive programs
Issue campground reservations and backcountry permits
Help patrol the 70-mile trail system
Help manage the Point Bonita Lighthouse docent program
Schedule docents for Point Bonita Lighthouse open houses and special tours
Monitor docent led activities
Help plan and implement special events
Enjoy working with the public
Interest in the natural and cultural history of the San Francisco Bay Area
Ability to work out of doors in sometimes adverse weather conditions
Must hold a valid driver's license
Basic computer skills are helpful.
Training and experience in the field of interpretation
Training in National Park Service policies and mission
Opportunity to work with visitors from around the world.
Time Commitment: This is a full time (40 hour/week) position. Intern schedules generally include weekends and occasional evening shifts. Out-of-pocket expenses and housing may be available. EXPECTED STARTING DATE: May 15, 2014 through Sept 30, 2014
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dorm style housing available
• Construction/Maintenance • Other • Soil/Watershed • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Natural Resources Planning • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Trails Forever, a park wide initiative, and the Park Stewardship program engage and sustain a vibrant community of stewards in the restoration of trails within the Golden Gate National Parks. With over 80,000 acres of parkland scattered throughout three counties, the Golden Gate Trail Crew plays a vital role in the park visitor experience. Interns help maintain a world-class trail system, with the understanding that active engagement in the parklands leads to a deeper appreciation of their value.
Trail Stewardship Interns will lead community volunteers on projects and provide education on importance of trails and park resources; together helping to obtain the trail goals of the park. By working with both National Park Service staff and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy staff, the Trails Stewardship Interns will assist with maintenance of key trails, while benefiting the community that uses these trails. Most importantly, as an intern, you will be an integral part of the diverse and fun Park Stewardship team, and will obtain an in-depth understanding of the values of the park system through shared experiences, workshops, and ongoing dialogue.
Description of Duties
Lead volunteers safely and properly in basic trail work and enjoy working and communicating with a diverse community of people.
Design educational and outreach materials pertaining to Trail Stewardship Volunteer program
Assist park staff with the construction of erosion controlled structures, routine maintenance duties such as brushing trails, outsloping tread and clearing drainage structures.
Complete work tasks as instructed by park staff, keep daily work log and demonstrate proper work procedures and methods while working in the field with other volunteer groups.
Make safety a priority; responsible for use of personal protective gear and insuring that all tools, equipment, vehicles and other co-workers are working safely in all related conditions.
Follow instructions from all park staff, understand and respect all park regulations and policies.
Work with a professional demeanor as a part of a team.
Attend all required trainings.
Familiarity and/or desire to learn how to operate tools to perform trail work including, but not limited to: power drill, rock bar, single jack, shovel, rake, axe, brushing sheers, weed trimmers and other trail maintenance tools.
Ability and/or desire to experience trail maintenance work, including but not limited to: turnpikes, drainage dips, swales, installation of water bars, retaining walls, removal of brush and vegetation.
Previous experience working with volunteers.
Enthusiasm and experience with public speaking and community contact.
Familiarity with and/or desire to learn natural and cultural history of Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the role of trails in protecting these resources.
Desire and ability to work outdoors, at times in inclement weather and terrain. Willingness to perform strenuous physical activity such as frequent bending and lifting and caring heavy weights.
Physical Requirements and Work Conditions
Ability to work in inclement environments where exposure to poison oak and ticks are possible
Indoor work is performed in a typical office setting
Ability to lift, carry, and position objects weighing up to 50 pounds
Gain a working knowledge of trail construction and maintenance with a highly respected non-profit organization, with a model partnership between two Federal agencies.
Opportunity to attend personal/professional development days to pursue an interest, including training and education opportunities in various departments within the National Park Service, The Presidio Trust and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
Opportunity to live in and enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular National Park.
Opportunities to work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands
Application deadline: Multiple positions open until April 18, 2014
Desired start date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Length of position: 6-months with possible extension
Schedule: 40 hours per week, Wednesday thru Saturday, 4-ten hour days
Must be 21 years or older
Driver’s license required
Transportation provided to and from trails shop and housing in Marin
Weekly out-of-pocket expenses of $125 per week is provided with dorm-style housing OR $250 per week without housing.
Dorm-style housing is provided in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dorm style housing with shared bathrooms, living areas, and kitchen. Living with individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities.
• Conservation Education • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Drawn to Multi Cultural Education? Intrigued by the geology at your feet? Fascinated with the magic of an ancient forest? Provoked by the possibilities of archeological exploration and historic investigation? Inspired by working with young people?
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, with sites such as Muir Woods, Alcatraz Island, Marin Headlands, Fort Point National Historic Site, and Presidio of San Francisco, serves as a dynamic outdoor classroom. Education interns work side-by-side with National Park Service Rangers to deliver place-based, relevant K-12 education programs that engage students in inquiry learning in the sciences and social studies.
As an Education Intern with the National Park Service, you will:
Assist the National Park Service staff with managing and conducting curriculum-based programs for San Francisco Bay Area students
Deliver classroom lessons that prepare students for field sessions
Lead field programs with the help of other park staff and volunteers
Help design curriculum materials and field activities for outdoor programs
A valid driver's license is required
A mature and professional demeanor while working with visitors and colleagues is required
Good oral communication skills
Bi-lingual/cultural skills helpful
Basic knowledge of relevant subject area and inquiry approach to learning is helpful
Out-of-pocket expenses, up to $30 per workday, if permanent address is at least 50 miles from the park
Dormitory housing in the park at no cost to intern, if permanent address is at least 50 miles from the park
Government vehicle for work-related driving needs
National Park Service Volunteer uniform
Training opportunities in interpretation and education
Personal enrichment and experience working in a national park
Experience working with diverse groups of students, teachers and park staff
Full-time position -- 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday; time-off is available during school breaks as arranged with supervisor
Opportunities for October 2014 through May 2015
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: Dorm style housing with common areas including common bathrooms, living areas, and kitchens. Shared housing with diverse individuals of all ages and social economic backgrounds.
• Conservation Education • Historical Preservation • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Alcatraz Island Interpretive Internship
Are you good at working with people? Do you enjoy history both cultural and natural? Do you communicate well with others? Then you may want to consider the Alcatraz internship. As the Alcatraz intern you will be trained in interpretation and the rich history of the Island. If you enjoy learning, working with visitors and want to work with National Park Service Rangers and the community this is the job for you!
Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area Alcatraz Island is infamous as a federal prison but, the island was also the most fortified fort on the west coast in the 1860’s and in 1969 the site of an American Indian occupation. Alcatraz Island has 5000 visitors a day. Rangers and interns present interpretive programs daily, answer visitor questions and research the history. Alcatraz Island is always an exciting place to experience history with park visitors.
Description of duties:
The intern works with the Alcatraz Ranger staff learning the rich history. The intern will present interpretive programs to the public. Welcomes arriving boats of visitors and presents orientation to them. The intern researches the cultural and natural history of the island. Intern will rove the island meeting and dealing with visitors. Demonstrating prison equipment cell doors and presents behind the scenes tours.
Knowledge/ skill desired:
Ability to communicate with people of all ages and from around the world.
Assist Parks Ranger in their duties.
Fast learner and has a good memory.
Has knowledge of natural and cultural resources.
Knowledge of San Francisco and Bay Area.
Good at researching and presenting to groups.
Enjoys working with people.
Ability to deal with emergencies.
Friendly, reliable and courteous to others.
Speaks other languages
Computer skills, can maintain a blog and social media.
Knowledge of interpretation and has presented programs or talks to the public.
Can drive and operate a vehicle safely.
Will be trained in interpretation and dealing with visitor.
Opportunity to learn new skills.
Work with National Park Rangers and learn about the NPS.
Make visitors happy that they met you.
Live in park housing
Forty hours a week for 6 to 8 months.
Starting January 2014 and ending Sept 2014
Out of pocket $ 130.00 a week paid every 2 weeks.
Housing is available in the Park
email@example.com Questions? Contact Lori Brosnan: 415-561-4903
• Conservation Education • Historical Preservation • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Alcatraz Island AI WEI WEI intern assistant
Are you good at working with people? Do you enjoy history? Do you communicate well with others? Then you may want to consider the Alcatraz AI WEI WEI exhibit assistance internship. As the Alcatraz intern you will be trained in the island’s history. Learn all locations of the island and what they were used for. You will assisting AI WEI WEI and his team of planers. Assist with setting up the exhibit. Present welcoming dock announcements to boats of visitors. Take visits on behind scenes tours. Assist Ranger with day to day operations of the island.
Ability to communicate with people from around the world
Assist Park ranger in their duties
Is a fast leaner and has a good memory
Has knowledge of Bay Area History and Alcatraz
Good researcher and presenting to groups
Enjoys working with people
Friendly, reliable and courteous with others
Speaks other languages
Will be trained in dealing with visitors
Opportunity to learn new skills
Learn about the NPS and our mission
Assist with this new exhibit
Present behind the scenes tours that enhances the visitors experience
Live in park housing
Forty hours a week for 6 to 8 months
Starting February 2014
Out of pocket $130.00 a week paid every 2 weeks
firstname.lastname@example.org Question contact Lori Brosnan 415-561-4903
HOUSING & AMENITIES Not Available
National Park Service
Invasive Plant Detection/Rapid Response Int (EWRU) Fort Cronkhite Address: 1062 Fort Cronkhite Sausalito, CA 94965 Contact: Terry Kreidler 415-561-4755 Availability: 2/12/2014--8/31/2014 Created: 2/13/2014 Suitability: Adults, Teens, Seniors Difficulty: Average Direct Link: http://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=13961
• Botany • Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Natural Resources Planning • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Invasive Plant Early Detection/ Rapid Response Internship
Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA. National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program. Final application date: February 23, 2014.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Golden Gate National Recreation Area is seeking two interns to assist with early detection, mapping, and removal of invasive plants. The interns will work closely with park staff, other interns, and volunteers for two park programs, the Inventory and Monitoring Early Detection Team and the GGNRA Habitat Restoration Team. The interns will work primarily in GGNRA but will also travel occasionally to Point Reyes National Seashore and Pinnacles National Monument. If you are excited to take on challenging fieldwork, learn to identify and control invasive plants, learn GPS and GIS mapping techniques, and work in spectacular national parks, then please contact us.
REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in biological science or a related field, basic computer skills and a valid California driver’s license. Desirable qualifications include training/experience in plant taxonomy, invasive plant removal, restoration, horticulture, surveying, mapping, GPS/GIS, and Access database.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Interns must be able to work full days in difficult field conditions which may include strenuous hiking and manual labor in rugged terrain and adverse weather conditions. Work in dense poison oak will occur several days a week. Exposure to ticks is not uncommon. Although we will provide protective equipment to interns, please do not apply if you have any hesitation about these matters.
TERM: March 17 – August 31, 2014. Interns will be paid $30 per day (paid every two weeks) for meals and out-of-pocket expenses. Shared park housing is provided. For information about the Weed Watchers program, visit: www.weedwatcher.org. For more information about GGNRA, visit: www.nps.gov/goga
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Shared park housing is provided.
• Computers • Office/Clerical • Other
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is one of the largest urban national parks in the world. The total park area is more than 80,000 acres of land and water. Approximately 28 miles of coastline lie within its boundaries. It is nearly two and one-half times the size of San Francisco. One of the nation's most highly visited National Park Service units; the GGNRA is comprised of numerous sites, including Alcatraz, Marin Headlands, Nike Missile Site, Fort Mason, as well as Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, and the Presidio of San Francisco. Each has its own unique natural, cultural, and military history.
Description of Duties
The Golden Gate National Parks is seeking a Volunteer Editor for the Division of Interpretation & Education. The individual will be responsible for working as a team player in collaboration with other divisions and possibly park partners, in the editing of a variety of park projects underdevelopment throughout the park.
The ideal candidate for this position will have strong writing and editing skills, excellent speller, passionate about grammar, and the ability to work cooperatively with cross-functional teams.
Grammar is your passion.
Must be a cross platform user, proficient in MS Office.
Must represent the highest standards of professional behavior including dress, punctuality, client contacts and interpersonal relationships.
Must be creative, innovative, and understand how to develop their compositions to reach appropriate targeted audiences.
Experience and enjoy working with people
Ability to communicate effectively with diverse park visitors and park personnel
Volunteers will have opportunities to access behind the scene locations in the park like Alcatraz, Muir Woods, and Fort Point
Volunteers will gain understanding about working with nonprofit and government agencies, such as the National Park Service.
Opportunities to enjoy the scenery, wildlife, and cultural resources of this spectacular park
Opportunity to be of service to your community and your country
Please provide at least 5 writing samples of your work to be considered.
• Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
The Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), encompasses 12,000 acres of open space, extending from the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Beach. Renowned for its geological features, the Marin Headlands also provides habitat for diverse plants and animals including several endangered species, and contains significant other cultural resources such as the former Nike Missile Site SF-88, the remains of more than two dozen former military gun emplacements and associated structures such as Battery Townsley, and the Point Bonita Lighthouse.
Activities of the Marin Headlands Visitor Center Volunteer are classified as primarily “interpretive” – public orientation and resource education. The Visitor Center Volunteer is part of the Marin Headlands volunteer and internship program, administered by the National Park Service, GGNRA, at the Marin Headlands. The volunteer is required to wear the approved National Park Service volunteer uniform.
Description of Duties
The Visitor Center Volunteer staffs the Marin Headlands Visitor Center and maintains its day-to-day operations. The volunteer will maintain the visitor center in a clean, neat, and organized state. The volunteer will maintain and accurately and effectively share with the public their knowledge of general park procedures, regulations and policies, Marin Headlands site locations, campground policies and current events. The volunteer will be expected to answer the phones and greet walk-in visitors in a friendly and courteous manner, and to operate a park communications radio. Campground and program reservations and permits will be recorded thoroughly and accurately. The volunteer will also maintain and stock brochures and maps, the hot beverage area, and will assist with project work on occasion.
Be well informed on park resources
Know how to operate base station and other portable radios
Issue camping permits
Answer phone calls and walk-in visitors’ questions courteously
Perform general house keeping in the Visitor Center
Maintain and clean exhibits
Be on time and in proper uniform
Keep track of visitation and phone call numbers
Record name and hours worked on daily Visitor Center Services Form
Volunteers receive training in National Park Service mission, policies, and visitor center operations. Volunteers can receive training in CPR, First Aid, Interpretation, and gain experience communicating with people (both public and staff) of diverse cultures and interests.
The main goal of the volunteer is to provide cultural and natural site resource information to the public in a courteous manner. This in turn increases public awareness of the resources, and fosters a public sense of stewardship in preserving the resources for present and future generations.
Knowledge / Skills Desired
Enjoy working with the public
Excellent oral communication skills in person and on the phone
Able to prioritize demands and handle visitor requests in an efficient manner
Knowledge of Bay Area locations and attractions helpful, as well as park resources such as flora, fauna, geology, lighthouses, and military history
• Office/Clerical • Visitor Information • General Assistance
The primary duty is to staff the Pacific West Region Information Center (PWRIC). The PWRIC is located at in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Headquarters building.
The Center provides information about National Parks in the Pacific West Region of the country that includes parks in California, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Guam and American Samoa. The PWRIC also receives requests for information about other areas and agencies including San Francisco city parks, California State Parks and U. S. Forest Service areas.
Description of Duties
Responding to visitor inquiries in person, over the phone and by mail. These inquiries will range widely in topic
Updating informational materials for visitors
Special activities/opportunities may occur as Park Service needs arise.
This position requires the ability to prioritize visitors' needs and adapt to new situations to handle the demands of a busy office setting, e.g., answering phones, admitting visitors to the building, responding appropriately to emergency situations, prepare mailing materials, photocopying, filing, etc.
Applicants must be able to multitask and to work independently in absence of other staff.
As a National Park Service Volunteer you will provide information about National Park areas.
You will have the opportunity to learn more about National Parks than you ever imagined
Sometimes, you will be the first and only contact visitors from all over the world will have within the National Park Service (NPS)
Meet fellow volunteers at trainings and social events.
Goal: The goal of the Information Center is to provide visitors with information abou the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and NPS sites in the Pacific West Region.
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to use office equipment and a telephone
Willingness to learn about the vast resources in our National Parks
Knowledge of other langauges and writing skills are beneficial, but not required. You will be required to wear an official National Park Service Volunteer uniform that will be provided to you.
Scheduled Hours: Four hours per week. Work periods are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Some flexibility possible, however reliability is necessary.
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
This volunteer interpreter position is located on Alcatraz Island, the oldest permanent military installation, west of the Mississippi River. Alcatraz Island has served many roles in history. It has been a U.S. military fortification and prison (1850’s - 1933), federal penitentiary (1934 - 1963), site of an occupation by American Indians (1969 - 1971), breeding site for many species of nesting birds, and a part of the national park system since 1972.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Alcatraz staff. Working with the National Park Service and its park partner’s volunteers provide vital services to Alcatraz visitors.
Hours per month: Minimum of 16 hours per month, with a commitment of six months. Housing is not available.
Description of Duties: The National Park Service seeks outgoing individuals to help with visitor services on the island. This is a great way to develop job and communication skills. Volunteers will rove the park, provide visitor with information on the island natural and cultural history, and resource protection information.
Greet groups of 300+ visitors arriving on the ferries to the island
Answer questions and conduct cellhouse demonstrations
Introduce visitors to island wildlife • Present programs for the public
Acquaint visitors with island rules and regulations
Interest in local cultural and natural history
Ability to speak in front of large groups
Ability to work with a culturally diverse population
Ability to follow directions and work as a member of a team
Desire to learn and try new things
Bilingual skills helpful
Personal enrichment and experience working in a national park setting
Experience in communicating with people of diverse cultures
Opportunity to get to know the park site intimately
Accrual of knowledge and skills necessary to perform interpretive functions and provide visitor information.
Interpretive Training begins May 9th for three (3) consecutive Saturdays (mandatory).