• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife
This position is based out of the Ocracoke Island District within Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The volunteer will perform duties to support the birding program within the interpretation division by educating visitors on the variety of birds seen during the morning bird walk.
Actively participate in a safe workplace culture.
Identify and educate visitors on the various species of birds.
Ensure the appropriate use and care of birding equipment (i.e. binoculars, spotting scope.)
Answer numerous and repetitive questions about birds and the park in a professional manner.
Educate visitors on the regulations of the park and safety concerns.
Handle negative contacts and sensitive topics in a professional manner.
Monitor and report safety concerns to appropriate staff member.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
Birding experience and knowledge.
Ability to identify birds.
Ability to use a binoculars / spotting scope.
Ability to work independently with little to no supervision and as part of a team.
Ability to research and communicate facts about the resources at Cape Hatteras.
Skill in oral communication and tactful discussion of controversial subject matter.
Ability to maintain a positive attitude and consistently be courteous and polite to visitors.
Enjoy talking with and meeting people.
Ability to learn quickly and retain basic knowledge.
Ability to follow written and oral directions, ask clarifying questions to ensure understanding of expectations.
Ability to effectively deal with stressful situations.
Requires standing for long periods of time.
Requires walking on uneven terrain.
Work is performed an outdoor setting. Outer Banks weather is notoriously unpredictable and can change quickly. The area experiences thunderstorms, high winds, rain, high heat, extreme cold, tornados or waterspouts, and hurricanes. It is often hot and humid and sometimes the heat index exceeds 100 °F. The Seashore is also home to a number of insects including biting flies, chiggers, mosquitos, sand gnats, and ticks.
The regular work schedule will be agreed upon between the volunteer and the volunteer supervisor.
Volunteer will notify the volunteer supervisor of planned absences within a reasonable amount of time, usually not less than one week, or as soon as possible when the volunteer cannot be available to perform scheduled duties due to sickness or other reasons.
While on duty, the volunteer will wear a NPS volunteer shirt, name tag, and ball cap (provided.) The volunteer will provide his/her own khaki shorts/pants, brown belt, and brown closed-toe shoes. The volunteer must be clean and look professional.
Government Vehicles & Property / Personal Equipment
The volunteer will not drive a government vehicle.
Volunteer will not be using a government computer.
Volunteer’s personal vehicles/equipment will not be used while on duty.
Housing will not be provided.
Volunteer will not be reimbursed for expenses.
** Please provide two reference when applying.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: Housing is not available.