• Conservation Education • Minerals/Geology • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Hagerman Fossil Beds is looking for volunteers living in Idaho to help educate and inform visitors about the significance of park resources and historical sites. If you are willing to drive to Hagerman we would be happy to have you volunteer with us! You may pick a regular day to volunteer, ask to be a part of the 'on call list' for large groups and events, or pick a week or two to come help everyday- schedules are very flexible.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
• Staff visitor center to greet visitors and deliver information about the site and the local area. Assist with hands-on activities at the visitor center or at the mock dig site on park grounds.
• Conduct roving interpretation on Park trails. Roves are to meet, assist, orient, and provide information to visitors and can present many opportunities for informal interpretation.
• Provide first aid or other emergency services (to your level of certification) and other visitor safety needs.
• Post information on a daily basis of weather, events at the park, and programs available for the day. Encourage attendance to park sponsored events and activities such as paleontology porch talk programs at the visitor center.
• If so desired, VIP can develop a hands on fossil related program with the help of experienced staff members. This can include interpretive talks, demonstrations, or creating illustrated programs.
• Assist in maintaining the beauty of our park and visitor safety by ensuring that visitors know and follow Park Service rules during their visit. May help with minor maintenance and clean up, especially after visits by children's groups.
• Be friendly, polite, respectful, and enjoy working with people of all backgrounds.
• Be able to work independently and as a member of a team.
• Be reliable, punctual, and represent the National Park Service in a professional manner.
• Be able to communicate effectively with visitors and team members.
• Previous experience in interpretation is a plus, but not required.
• Wear volunteer shirt and name badge
• Sign a volunteer agreement form
• Record all hours spent volunteering accurately and have supervisor sign off at correct intervals along with completing intrepretive program and activity reports.
• Must be willing to research and learn about fossils and scientific methodology
Volunteers will receive a variety of classroom and on-the-job training which may include: the role and mission of the National Park Service, natural and cultural history related to the park, safety, hiking etiquette, use and care of park equipment, CPR, first aid.
Interpretive VIPs may have access to online interpretive training to strengthen VIP’s skill in providing interpretation to visitors.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: No housing or RV spot is offered with this position