• Computers • Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Volunteer position description: Interpretive Park Ranger volunteers are responsible for providing informal interpretive visitor contacts and programs at the El Malpais Visitor Center in Grants, NM. Duties may include, but are not limited to, staffing a visitor center desk, answering informal visitor questions, issuing cave permits, roving trails and roadways, photography for park publications, and if interested, assist with astronomy and bat outflight formal programs.
The goal of this position is to provide additional staff to assist with visitor services operations at El Malpais National Monument. A creative, self-motivated individual who is interested in volunteering with and learning about the NPS is encouraged to apply.
Skills preferred: Volunteer must be comfortable working with the general public to provide excellent customer service. An interest in El Malpais National Monument, learning about interpretation in the NPS, and a willingness to be coached with feedback is a must. Volunteer must be comfortable with public speaking in a variety of settings with a diverse audience of all ages. This position requires a professional and friendly demeanor that is excited to represent the NPS.
Prior to entering on duty, applicants must submit and pass an agency background check.
Working Conditions: This position requires standing, walking, for extended amounts of time in both indoors and outdoors settings. VIPs will work in a variety of weather conditions that may include wind, rain, thunderstorms, bright sun, and snow. Volunteer may need to lift/move a load of 30 pounds. This is a uniformed position which will be provided. Working on weekends and holidays may occur.
Number of volunteers needed: 1-2
Time Commitment: Residential VIPs (living in park housing) must commit to 32 hours per week. Ability to commit to at least 3 months of volunteering is preferred.
Housing: Free, shared, co-ed park housing is available for volunteers working 32 hours per week. Housing is located in Grants, NM. Pets are not allowed.
Stipend: There is no stipend for this position.
Description of El Malpais National Monument: Located in beautiful Northwestern New Mexico, El Malpais, Spanish for “the badlands” is a land shaped by ancient lava flows. Under the extensive lava are over 400 lava tube caves, some of which are open to the public with a free cave permit. The unique geology has created fascinated habitats for diverse plants and wildlife to call home. Humans have called this area home for thousands of years, including past and current American Indian cultures, Spanish explores in the 1600’s, homesteaders, and today’s NPS visitors. A land of extremes at over 6,000 feet elevation, the high desert landscape at El Malpais will have sunny hot summers, and cold winters with snow.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Shared housing is available for single volunteers in the town of Grants, NM. Pets are not allowed. Each volunteer has his or her own bedroom, but share a bathroom, kitchen, and common areas. Housing is co-ed.