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Volunteer position description: Interpretive Park Ranger volunteers are responsible for giving formal and informal interpretive programs and visitor contacts at the El Malpais National Conservation Area and Visitor Center. Duties may include, but are not limited to, staffing a visitor center desk, answering informal visitor questions, roving trails and roadways, photography for park publications, and if interested, assist with natural and cultural programs.
The goal of this position is to provide additional staff to assist with visitor services operations at El Malpais National Conservation Area. A creative, self-motivated individual who is interested in volunteering with and learning about the Bureau of Land Management is encouraged to apply.
Skills preferred: Volunteer must be comfortable working with the general public to provide excellent customer service. An interest in El Malpais National Conservation Area, learning about interpretation in the BLM, and a willingness to be coached with feedback is a must. Volunteer must be comfortable with public speaking in a variety of settings with a diverse audience of all ages. This position requires a professional and friendly demeanor that is excited to represent the Bureau of Land Management.
Prior to entering on duty, applicants must submit and pass an agency background check.
Working Conditions: This position requires standing, walking, for extended amounts of time in both indoors and outdoors settings. Volunteers will work in a variety of weather conditions that may include wind, rain, thunderstorms, bright sun, and snow. Volunteer may need to lift/move a load of 30 to 50 pounds. This is a uniformed position which will be provided. Working on weekends and holidays may occur.
Number of volunteers needed: 1-2 or 3-5
Time Commitment: Residential Volunteer quarters and must commit to 32 hours per week.
Housing: Free shared park housing is available for volunteers working 32 hours per week. Housing is located in at the Ranger Station, 12 miles south of Grants, NM off of highway 117, Pets are not allowed.
Description of El Malpais National Conservation Area: Located in beautiful Northwestern New Mexico, El Malpais National Conservation Area, Spanish for “the badlands” is a land shaped by ancient lava flows. The unique geology has created fascinated habitats for diverse plants and wildlife to call home. Humans have called this area home for thousands of years, including past and current American Indian cultures, Spanish explores in the 1600’s, homesteaders, and today’s visitors. A land of extremes at over 6,000 feet elevation, the high desert landscape at El Malpais National Conservation Area will have sunny hot summers, and cold winters with snow
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Shared housing is available for single volunteers in BLM Ranger Station, 12 miles south of Grants, NM off of highway 117. Pets are not allowed. Each volunteer has his or her own bedroom, but shared a bathroom, kitchen and common areas.