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Wilkerson Pass Visitor Center Volunteer
Address: Hwy 24, Lake George Colorado 80827
Contact: Andrew Spencer 719-836-4298
Availability: 05/21/2018 – 10/15/2018
Suitability: Couples, Adults, Seniors
Difficulty: Not Difficult
This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the magnificent surroundings of South Park while providing a vital and rewarding service to our visitors. At an elevation of 9.504 ft., Wilkerson Pass is located approximately 50 miles west of Colorado Springs. As a Forest Service property, Wilkerson Pass Visitor Center is operated under a permit by the Park County Department of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development. With a privately –situated RV pad within walking distance your chance to enjoy the serenity and beauty of Colorado!
Primary duties include the following:
* Staffing the information desk (includes greeting park visitors, providing basic orientation and park information, answering questions in person and over the telephone, operating a cash register, folding brochures and handouts, and other related tasks);
* Light maintenance including stocking/monitoring public restrooms, leaf blowing, garbage collection etc.
* Assisting staff with various projects as needed.
Job description: Visitor Services volunteers will need the ability to multi-task and utilize communication skills to introduce and provide an exemplary experience for the visiting public. Duties include staffing the contact station; providing information, recording visitor statistics for park use, and providing sales and operation of the WPVC Bookstore.
Goal: By providing a welcoming smile and accurate information, volunteers make a vital first impression to our visitors.
Qualifications: Applicants should have a keen interest in meeting and working with people, customer service skills, ability and/or willingness to learn how to operate a cash register, ability to independently, ability to handle issues with tact and in a professional manner, some knowledge of the local area, and the ability to tolerate altitude and changing climate/temperature.
Required: strong communication skills, patience, enjoy working with people.
Desired: Excellent customer service skills, valid driver's license, ability to work independently, public speaking skills, some light maintenance skills
Time Commitment: 28 hours per week. Wilkerson Pass Visitor Center is open 9:00 – 5:00 every day. Volunteers are required to work three shifts (24 hours) one week and four shifts (32 ours) the next week for an average of 28 hours per week. We are most interested in volunteers who can commit to 8 weeks or more. Couples are strongly advised to apply.
Training: Volunteers are provided with an orientation by Forest Service staff. Further training for visitor pass operations, local knowledge, bookstore operations, procedures and general information is provided by Forest Service partners including Park County staff.
Housing & Amenities
Type: Trailer / RV pads
Description: Two RV sites for WPVC volunteers (with full hook-ups) are available within a short walk of the center. There is no visitor RV parking in this area.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Located on site is an RV pad that can accommodate your large, pull-out RV. Included at the site are electrical hook ups, propane, and sewage tank.