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El Morro National Monument is looking for friendly, motivated people to assist our visitor services program.
The Volunteer position runs from approximately early June to mid-September. Beginning and ending dates are somewhat flexible, but a minimum commitment of at least 2 months is required. Preference may be given to applicants who can stay 3 months or more. Our volunteers work 32 hours a week (4 days on duty and 3 days off). Note: one or more Volunteer positions may be filled from this announcement. Volunteers are required to wear an NPS volunteer uniform. If selected, the volunteer must pass a background investigation before entering on duty.
DUTIES: Our volunteers aid seasonal and permanent staff with a variety of duties: staffing the visitor center, roving the trails, assisting park visitors, and helping with special projects. Physical requirements include the ability to hike a 2 mile, moderately strenuous park trail that begins at an elevation of 7,200 feet and climbs 250 feet over uneven terrain. Other physical requirements include the ability to stand for periods of time to assist visitors at an information desk.
Special projects may include, but are not limited to: rockfall and inscription monitoring; campground patrols; assistance with interpretive displays and publications; library tasks; and invasive species control. We are also very supportive of volunteers creating special projects based on their own unique interests and skills.
SKILLS: Customer service experience, cash handling experience, ability to hike trails of uneven terrain including moderately steep switchbacks, and the desire to learn about El Morro.
ORIENTATION: Volunteers new to the area will have work time to explore nearby parks and attractions, as well as quiet time in the library to become familiar with the natural and cultural history of the national monument.
HOUSING: The volunteer must have his/her own motorhome or trailer. An RV pad will be provided with full hookups.
DESCRIPTION OF EL MORRO NATIONAL MONUMENT: All other rocks in America do not together hold so much history as do those of El Morro National Monument. Rising 200 feet above the valley floor, this massive sandstone bluff was a welcome landmark for weary travelers. A reliable waterhole hidden at its base made El Morro (or Inscription Rock) a popular campsite. Beginning in the late 1500s, Spanish explorers and soldiers, followed by American surveyors, immigrants and soldiers, passed by El Morro. While they rested in its shade and drank from the pool, many inscribed their signatures, dates and messages. Ancestral Puebloans, living in an 800-room pueblo on top of the bluff over 700 years ago, began this trend by carving hundreds of petroglyphs. El Morro was proclaimed the second National Monument in the National Park system on December 8, 1906. The vast continuum of human history inscribed upon the rock and preserved in the ancient ruins makes El Morro National Monument a handbook of cultural history of the Southwest. The majestic bluff, shady pool, high desert forest (7200 ft.), and sweeping vistas make this a natural wonder as well.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The volunteer must have a trailer or RV. An RV pad, located on site, will be provided. Full hookups -- water, electric, and sewer -- are included.