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This full-time (32 hours per week) position serves as a primary public contact volunteer at the Flamingo Visitor Center in Everglades National Park. Primary duties include preparing and presenting interpretive programs, staffing the Flamingo Visitor Center desk, issuing backcountry camping permits, and performing miscellaneous duties as assigned. Up to 40 hours of training is provided at the beginning of the season. Up to six positions will be filled; each position is subject to a background investigation. Housing and/or a trailer pad may be available; paid for by Everglades National Park. Length of season subject to negotiation, but typically runs from mid-November through mid-April. Volunteer independently researches, develops, and presents interpretive programs such as boat tours, canoe tours, talks, bird walks and other walks, PowerPoint presentations, and/or various other programs about park resources. Programs are developed in accordance with National Park Service standards. Independently operates visitor center to provide visitor information and orientation. Collects monies, operates a cash register and credit card machine, sells/issues park passes and federal recreation passports, and issues backcountry camping permits. Completes shift reports to verify all machine transactions. Communicates with other NPS offices, concessionaires, and essential cooperators. Utilizes skills and experience as applicable to perform miscellaneous duties, such as cleaning and maintaining equipment, designing interpretive displays, maintaining bulletin boards, clerical work, keeping statistical records, etc. Specific duties can be negotiated but working conditions generally include standing at a visitor center desk for two or more hours at a time. For guided canoe/kayak trips volunteer must be able to swim and paddle canoe/kayak in large bodies of water affected by strong tides, winds, and/or waves for up to four hours or more. Must be able to perform rescues and self-rescue in canoes/kayaks. With assistance, must be able to carry and lift canoes (weigh approx. 80 lbs), place them on canoe trailer or racks, and remove canoes from trailers or racks. Must be able to drive a government vehicle. Requires walking up and down stairs to work site. The Flamingo District is centered at the southern tip of mainland Florida in the middle of Everglades National Park. The Flamingo Visitor Center is in the same location. Flamingo is also the site of a small store and fuel sales. The nearest towns of Homestead and Florida City, about 50 miles by road from Flamingo, have a wide variety of stores and services, including groceries, gas, medical services, etc. Flamingo is a great place for boating and fishing (by motorboat, canoe or kayak), hiking, wildlife observation, and backcountry camping. The area is home to crocodiles and alligators, manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, a variety of birds, and many species of Caribbean trees. There is no public transit available to Flamingo. Winter temperatures average 75 to 85 degrees. Evening temperatures can be in the 60s or 70s. Winter is the dry season. In certain winters mosquitoes and other biting insects can be present.
Contact Bob Showler at 239-695-3990 for more information.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: Yes, paid for by the park. Trailer pads and/or apartments may be available.