• Historical Preservation • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
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Historic Homestead/Guest Ranch Interpretation
At Rocky Mountain National Park, 14,000 foot glacially-sculpted peaks rise above verdant valleys, twisting rivers, and glistening lakes. You would work on the west side of the park at the Holzwarth Historic Site in the lush Kawuneeche Valley, birthplace of the Colorado River. Located on the banks of the Colorado, the ranch was originally homesteaded by German immigrants in 1917. They soon expanded ranch operations to include providing services to paying customers at the “Holzwarth Trout Lodge.” Today, most of the structures of this 1920’s-era dude ranch are preserved, many with original furnishings.
Rocky Mountain NP and its surroundings offer outstanding opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation activities including hiking, camping, backpacking, wildlife viewing, and fishing. Average summer nighttime temperatures are in the 30s and 40s, daytime highs average 70s with frequent afternoon thunderstorms and rain. Some summers can be consistently cool and damp. Snow can occur during any month of the year.
Step into the Old West and help visitors glimpse a world where homesteaders relied on ingenuity, perseverance, and hospitality to realize their American Dream of making a home in the challenging, but spectacular, Rocky Mountain environment. Each volunteer staffs the Holzwarth Historic Site two-three days/week to provide information to park visitors, including developing and conducting short tours through one of the main cabins. Volunteers may round out their work week with a variety of other duties such as hiking park trails to provide visitor information, staffing the visitor center, assisting with parking lot congestion at Alpine Visitor Center, or assisting with maintenance projects. Minimum time commitment is 32 hrs/week per person. (This may be closer to 40 hrs/week during the initial 2-week training period.) Volunteers must be available to work June 5 through September 4, 2017. Volunteers are required to wear a volunteer uniform according to park and National Park Service standards.
Housing is available in RV sites with full hookups. There is on-site laundry facilities and limited cell phone service in the park housing area.
New volunteers take part in two full weeks of mandatory training, June 5-16, 2017. Topics covered include safety, park resources, standard operating procedures, and interpretive techniques. Volunteers receive the same level of training in interpretive techniques and standards as NPS staff and are encouraged to incorporate these principles into their work at Holzwarth Historic Site, including writing their own tour.
Required Skills and Abilities:
The ability to work well with people, including park visitors, staff, and a cadre of volunteers is crucial. Rocky Mountain National Park has a large volunteer staff and you will be working very closely with many fellow VIPs. We are looking for positive, upbeat team members who enjoy working with others in a collaborative environment.
Other required skills are reliability, flexibility, and comfort and ability talking with visitors in both an informal setting as well as leading short formal tours.
Physically, you must have the ability to work and live at high elevation (9000’ and higher). Though heavy physical labor and long-distance hiking are not required, most of the workday is spent on your feet and this can be fatiguing. We encourage you to consult with your physician about spending a summer at high altitude before you commit to a position.
For in-depth information, contact Maci MacPherson, Lead Interpreter, 970-586-1510 or Maci_MacPherson@nps.gov
Thank you for your interest!
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Housing is available in RV sites with full hookups. There is on-site laundry facilities and limited cell phone service in the park housing area.