• Archaeology • Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
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The Volunteer assists in staffing the Mesa Verde Junior Ranger Station, located in the courtyard of the Chapin Mesa Museum. The Volunteer spends quality time with prospective Junior Rangers, reviewing their activity booklets and swearing them in as Junior Rangers. The Junior Ranger Station provides a fun learning experience for children while connecting them to their national park.
Volunteers also manage and maintain several child-friendly exhibits and hands-on activities.
Volunteers may also prepare and present informal programs for children and families, such as table talks, demonstrations and roving interpretation.
Volunteers may occasionally assist with staffing the information desk in the museum.
Must wear the Volunteer uniform. Shirt, hat and jacket provided. Volunteer must provide brown or khaki slacks or shorts.
Must work well independently and as part of a team.
Due to in-park and regional travel distances, a vehicle is required for this position.
Duty schedule: Volunteers will work 5 days per week, 6 hours per day. Generally the scheduled work hours will be from 12:00pm - 6:30pm. Volunteer must be available to work weekends.
Volunteers must be able to communicate effectively and enjoy working with children of all ages, patiently answering repetitive questions, providing information, and reviewing lots of Junior Ranger booklets. Volunteers should also be able to adapt to times of heavy visitor contact as well as periods when things may be slow.
The Junior Ranger Station is in the historic Chapin Mesa Museum courtyard. It is a small outdoor area with native plants, a small demonstration garden, some space for games/activities, and the Junior Ranger Station itself.
Physical Demands: Although chairs are available under the canopy, you will often move around the courtyard as you assist children at the activity areas. The elevation at the museum is 7,000 feet.
Potential Discomforts: Work is performed outdoors in the elements, under a variety of conditions that include temperature/weather extremes. There is a canopy for shade, but you will move in and out of the canopy frequently. Due to the nature of the soil and the number of visitors throughout the summer, the courtyard can get dusty.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: Housing is in a furnished, historic hogan. The hogan (a one-bedroom stone/adobe cabin) is walking distance to the work site. Linens, small appliances, and cooking utensils are provided.