• Conservation Education • Visitor Information • General Assistance
NOTE: There is no housing or RV sites available for this position. Volunteers must live within the local commuting area.
Days needed to fill: Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays (exact times TBD)
The Discovery Day Program is a drop-in family-oriented summer public program. With the drop-in format of the Discovery Day program, families are able to participate in a ranger program according to their own schedule and needs. Each week during the summer, a Discovery Day lab is created at Moraine Park Discovery Center. The Discovery Day labs are open from 10am to 4:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesdays. Each lab consists of 5-6 learning stations. An average of 250 visitors participate in each Discovery Day program.
The Discovery Day programs are designed around a self-guided, lab-based format so the Discovery Day staff and volunteers are facilitators in the families’ exploration of the week’s themes and activities, as opposed to presenters. In order to create a Discovery Day lab each week and provide a more individualized experience for each visitor, volunteers are needed to assist with each week’s lab set-up and take-down, and to assist visitors with the learning activities at each station.
To create a Discovery Day lab each week at one of the park’s visitor centers and to enhance the participants’ experiences and support their learning.
Volunteers will help accomplish this purpose by:
1. Assisting with the set of up each week’s Discovery Day lab.
2. Facilitating a learning station or activity at each week’s Discovery Day lab.
3. Assisting with the take-down of each week’s lab.
4. Answering visitor questions, as needed.
5. Welcoming visitors to the Discovery Day lab and inviting visitors to participate in learning station activities.
6. Providing one-on-one interaction with the participants to enhance their experience and support their learning.
7. Monitoring displays and activity supplies, to insure the security of park property.
1. Assist participants with lab crafts, worksheets, and hands-on activities.
2. Provide participants with guidance on the Jr. Ranger programs and the Jr. Ranger booklet.
3. Provide visitors with guidance on visitor center rules and appropriate behavior, as needed.
4. Answer visitor questions accurately, as needed.
5. Assist with the set-up of lab tables, lighting, learning stations, including activities and displays, the reading corner, and crafts.
6. Assist with the take down and clean-up of the lab, including putting away supplies and cleaning the lab space.
7. Facilitate the activities and/or information at one of the week’s learning stations.
8. Interact with participants to enhance their experience and support the learning.
9. Provide participants with accurate information when interacting with them during the program.
10. Serve as a supportive team member with other volunteers and park staff.
Skills and Abilities Required:
1. Must have a broad knowledge of the park and its wildlife.
2. Experience working with youth and/or families.
3. Must be comfortable standing for long periods of time.
4. Must be able to walk up and down stairs and be able to lift up to 20 pounds.
5. Must be able to maintain a professional, calm, and courteous demeanor in all situations and interact appropriately with visitors of all ages.
6. Must be comfortable engaging and communicating with others.
7. Must be comfortable working with a team.
Working Conditions, Physical Demands, and Potential Challenges:
Discovery Day Docents will work inside one of the parks visitor centers for up to six hours at a time. Physical demands include standing for extended periods of time, climbing up and down stairs, and lifting up to 20 pounds.
1. Site and equipment orientation.
2. Program procedures and processes.
3. Informal interpretation and interpersonal communication skills.
4. Age appropriate instruction, interactions, and management.
5. Safety and Emergency procedures.
Volunteer will attend a half day of mandatory training on June 19th. Volunteers must be available to volunteer with the Discovery Day program for at least eight shifts throughout the summer. Shifts are 4 hours long.