• Archaeology • Computers • Conservation Education • Minerals/Geology • Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Volunteer in one of southern Utah's most diverse national parks!
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Primarily provides front line customer service by staffing the Capitol Reef National Park visitor center desk and occasionally while roving. Distributes information and orients visitors to the park. May provide informal interpretation. Learns park resources by reviewing books, maps, park research materials, and other documents previously prepared by park rangers and other professionals. Issues backcountry permits and educates visitors regarding the requirements for backcountry hiking and camping, and the rules and regulations, etc. Solo hiking and trail roving patrols may be required. As assigned and with supervision, performs various administrative and collateral duties which may include: preparing documents, gathering routine information for reports, compilation of statistical data, cleaning and housekeeping projects, inventories, photography, and response to information requests.
WORKING HOURS / SCHEDULE / EXPECTED DURATION OF APPOINTMENT
Work schedule is part-time of 32 hours per week; 8 hour days. Lieu days will be determined based on operational needs. Work is contingent on favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
WORKING CONDITIONS / PHYSICAL DEMANDS / SPECIAL HAZARDS
Work requires standing for long periods of time, occasional arduous hiking for distances up to 10 miles in slot canyons and desert environments, climbing and descending steep inclines, bending, and lifting moderately heavy items in a repetitive motion. Mental stress and physical fatigue may occur due to high volume of personal contacts, occasional emergency responses, and repetitive nature of interpretive operations. Extreme physical exertion may be required while performing search and rescue and emergency response (infrequent/most likely may not occur); however, the safety of park staff is the first priority and participants are not asked to perform tasks outside their comfort level. Work is performed primarily indoors at the visitor center. Some work is performed outdoors resulting in exposure to extreme temperatures, rain, snow, wind and direct sunlight.
REIMBURSEMENT TO BE PROVIDED
Park housing will be provided at the government’s cost. Candidate will have one private bedroom in a shared multi-room coed home with 2-5 roommates sharing kitchen, bathroom and living space. Specific rules and restrictions apply including no pets (in all non-permanent government housing) or family (in shared quarters only). Detailed housing information is available. No monetary reimbursement is provided.
EQUIPMENT TO BE OPERATED
Government vehicles (requiring a valid driver’s license), electronics, computers, a variety of office equipment, audio-visual equipment, and other related items.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS AND GUIDANCE
Candidate will be co-supervised by the permanent Park Ranger and the Chief of Interpretation. The candidate will receive guidance, orientation and training from a variety of staff members. Formal training is minimal, but may include online training courses and on the job activities including orientation trips in the park and tours.
Capitol Reef National Park is located in a remote part of south-central Utah, 11 miles east of Torrey, Utah (seasonal services only). Major shopping is located in Richfield (75 miles distant). Medical and dental services are available in Bicknell, Utah (20 miles distant) and groceries are available in Loa, Utah (30 miles distant). Park housing is located one block from the visitor center and includes 14 houses and a four-unit apartment complex. No pets are allowed and housing is shared. Park headquarters is at an elevation of 5500' with a climate typical of the Colorado Plateau high desert with hot summers and cold winters. The park was established as a Monument in 1937 and as a Park in 1971 to protect the 100-mile long Waterpocket Fold, a wrinkle or monocline in the earth's crust. Park interpretive themes include sharing the stories of the complex 275 million year geologic record, rich natural history, Fremont Culture and Mormon pioneer history. The park is open year-round with the majority of activities and visitation occurring during the busy season from March to October. During the off season of November to February, visitation is low with a few hundred visitors a day. A large percentage of visitors are international.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Candidate will have one private bedroom in a shared multi-room coed home with 2-5 roommates sharing kitchen, bathroom and living space. Specific rules and restrictions apply including no pets (in all non-permanent government housing) or family (in shared quarters only).