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DESCRIPTION: Join the interpretive ranger team at Pipe Spring National Monument! We are looking for motivated, history-loving volunteers to greet visitors, collect entrance fees, and provide guided tours of the historic fort and grounds. Learn about Kaibab Paiute traditions, desert ecology, and Mormon history as you work for the National Park Service.
Tucked beneath the spectacular red rock cliffs of northern Arizona, Pipe Spring National Monument preserves 40 acres of high desert surrounding a natural spring and a stone fort constructed in the 1870s. Now within the Kaibab Paiute reservation, this area was once an outpost and tithing ranch for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1860 to 1890. The park is located on the Utah/Arizona border, just north of the Grand Canyon along AZ state road 389. Many other national parks in Utah and Arizona are within a 1- to 3- hour drive. For more information on Pipe Spring, please visit our website at www.nps.gov/pisp.
POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Up to 3 positions available March 1, 2018 - April 30, 2020 with a minimum commitment of 12 weeks. Volunteer need is greatest in winter, spring, and fall. Start and end dates are flexible.
DUTIES: Selectees will be trained to staff the information desk, collect entrance fees, provide informal interpretation, rove the ridge trail, present tours of the historic stone fort (45 minutes in length each), maintain the interior of the historic house, and care for a variety of livestock (Texas Longhorns, horses, chickens, etc.). Volunteers may also assist with special events. As time allows work may include special interpretive projects, talks or demonstrations, library or grounds work. Volunteers will initiate visitor contact and provide information covering the primary themes of the park.
Subjects covered in the park are varied and include, but are not limited to: Kaibab Paiute lifeways and culture; Mormon occupation, culture and land use; westward expansion and 19th century U.S. government policies; high desert geology and hydrology. May dress in period clothing (provided) representing the 1870s through 1890s.
SKILLS DESIRED: Good communication skills are essential along with an ability to learn about area history and enjoy sharing that knowledge with others. Incumbent must be able to develop a working knowledge of the stories of Pipe Spring and learn interpretive techniques to present those stories to visitors. Must have the ability to speak easily to the public one-on-one or to groups of 15-50 people. Must have a willingness to work and get along with a diverse variety of co-workers and visitors, and be able to deal with the public in an enthusiastic and positive manner. Volunteers must demonstrate an ability to work in an organized, dependable, and safe manner. A genuine desire to ensure that each visitor has an enjoyable experience at Pipe Spring is essential. Incumbent must be flexible enough to handle variations of routine caused by shifting priorities and visitor needs.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: RV campsites are available. A two- or three-bedroom house is sometimes, but not always, available. The house is shared with other staff members.