This full-time (32 hours per week) position serves as a primary public contact volunteer at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades National Park. Primary duties include preparing and presenting interpretive programs, staffing the Gulf Coast 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 may be filled; each position is subject to a background investigation.
Volunteer independently researches, develops, and presents interpretive programs such as boat tours, canoe tours, talks, 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, issues backcountry camping permits and conducts sales for the cooperating association. 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 Gulf Coast district is located on the northwestern side of the park, and includes much of the Ten Thousand Islands. The visitor center is in Everglades City; a small town 35 miles southeast of Naples. The town has several restaurants, a small grocery store, and gas stations. Surrounded by water, Everglades City is a great place for boating and fishing, whether in a flats boat or paddling vessel. The waters and islands are home to dolphins, manatees, and shore birds and offer outstanding wilderness experiences.
There is no public transit available either to the park or inside park boundaries or to Everglades City. Winter temperatures average 75 to 85 degrees. Evening temperatures can be in the 60s and 70s, sometimes lower. Winter is the dry season. Mosquitoes and sand flies may (or may not) be intense no matter the time of year. Animals like alligators and venomous snakes are found in the area but rarely pose a threat to people.
Christi Carmichael or Helen Johnson, 239-695-3311
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Yes, paid for by Everglades National Park. Trailer pads are available