• Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Purpose: To provide opportunities for park visitors to experience ancestral Pueblo history, make lasting memories, and nurture stewardship ethics. This mission is shared between volunteers, interns and park rangers alike. Volunteers play a critical role in accomplishing this goal for each visitor who walks through the doors. We couldn't do it without you.
Logistics: This 60 day volunteer position is within the Interpretive and Visitor Services division, and VIPs will volunteer 32 hours/week. The available range for this volunteering opportunity is April - December. For new volunteers, a simple NPS background check may be required. This is a uniformed position, with shirt, jacket, nameplate and hat provided by Aztec Ruins.
This volunteer will work primarily at the Visitor Center. This is the season when our visitation is the highest, along with outreach programs, field trips, special events, bus tours and Junior Ranger camps.
The Interpretive component (estimated 2 hrs/day) will be outside in/near the ruins.
Volunteers lead daily "spot talks", which are fun and engaging, with an activity for kids and intriguing content for the adults. Existing "spot talks" are available, or volunteers can create their own based on their talent/interest.
Daily roving is either in the ruins or near the river, sharing information and answering questions.
April-May: Volunteers have the opportunity to interact with field trips, leading a "Pueblo Games" program or a "Timeline" program.
June-September: Aztec Ruins is also piloting a "Voluntourism" program as well, with a goal of 2-3 opportunities a week for visitors to join an official VIP for a short orientation and 10 minute volunteer project. RV Volunteers will be leading pre-designed and piloted opportunities for everyone to help care for this special place.
The Visitor Center component (about 4 hrs/day) typically includes helping staff the Visitor Center and assisting with visitor orientations. VIPs will be trained on the NPS register, and will process entrance fees and sell NPS passes. VIPs will also be trained on the WNPA register, and will conduct sales. VIPs coordinate information mailouts (Junior Ranger patches!), Flat Stanley requests, and assist with stocking brochures. These volunteers actively participate in special events as well (ex: American Indian Cultural Arts Festival, full moon tours, East Ruin tours, summer solstice archeoastronomy alignments, Lecture Series events). The Visitor Center is the hub of the whole park, and can be a busy place!
Other park projects may be available as well (about 1 hr/day), based on park needs/resources and the volunteer's interest/experience. Other project areas include: administration, natural resources, cultural resources, preservation, or facility management. This can be a great way to diversify your experience at Aztec Ruins.
Housing: For this position, the volunteer must have a trailer or RV. Two RV spaces are available, and they are quite close together but with great views of the neraby archeologic site. Computer access will not be available onsite through NPS computers and no WiFi is present within the park. Cell coverage is good, and multiple WiFi areas are present within a 5 minute drive. Basic weather information and links to additional weather and area information are found at: http://www.nps.gov/azru/planyourvisit/things2know.htm
References: Two references are requested with your application.
Echo the footsteps of ancestral Pueblo people - invest a part of your journey here at Aztec Ruins!
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The volunteer will bring their own RV or trailer. Electric/sewer/trash provided onsite. Cell reception is good. WiFi and laundry facilities are not available onsite but they are available nearby in Aztec.