• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Bark Rangers walk their dogs in Stones River National Battlefield to assist ranger staff roving the trails and park sites. Bark Ranger volunteers meet and greet the public, provide information, and notify park staff of emergency or unusual situations as needed. Volunteers will communicate with the visitor center through a park radio or personal cell phone. Volunteers complete roving reports and statistics at the end of each shift.
Develop knowledge of park resources; know park regulations and NPS policies; communicate effectively by park radio; complete reports on the same day as the rove; be in proper uniform.
Brief Description of Work to be Performed:
Work will include greeting visitors, providing orientation, and providing informal interpretation. Volunteers will inform visitors of park regulations when appropriate.
Length of Commitment:
Volunteers will work a minimum of two days a week for a minimum of eight weeks. Volunteers will work varied schedules.
Tools, Equipment, and Vehicles to be Operated:
No vehicles will be operated within the scope of the position.
Park radio when available.
Location Where Work Will Be Performed:
All Stones River National Battlefield sites with the exception of the Stones River National Cemetery
Requirements of Work:
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to handle stressful situations in a professional manner
Ability to work independently
General knowledge of the Civil War and the Battle of Stones River (training provided)
Must be able to walk four miles
Dog must be friendly toward other pets and strangers including children
Benefits to the Volunteer:
Volunteers receive training in National Park Service mission and policies, the history of the Battle of Stones River, visitor services, and interpretation. Volunteers have the opportunity to enjoy the scenery, wildlife, and cultural resources of Stones River National Battlefield.
Training Provided (R-Required, O-Optional)
Volunteer Orientation (R)
Orientation to the Battle of Stones River (R)
Roving Operations Orientation (R)
Introduction to the National Park Service: The History of the NPS (R)
Foundations of Interpretation (R)
Effective Informal Interpretation (R)
First Aid and CPR (O)
Position Supports Which Division:
Interpretation & Education
Will work under the guidance and support of John McKay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scope of Contacts:
Volunteer should expect to have constant public contact while assisting visitors and positively represent Stones River National Battlefield.