• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
The Volunteer’s primary responsibilities will be to provide orientation and information to visitors as they arrive at the site, rove the site, and give visitors information about other parklands.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Staff the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center
Be the first point of contact for visitors from all over the world.
Orient and enlighten visitors by answering questions and engaging in interpretation of the site.
Perform resource protection by connecting visitors to this important resource
Assess emergency situations and direct to appropriate park personnel
Gain professional development in a team setting by working side by side with staff from three agencies: National Park Service, Golden Gate Bridge District, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Expand knowledge of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and National Parks in general
Develop public speaking skills
Develop customer service skills
Experience in communicating with people of diverse cultures
Attend ranger led park program(s) at the following sites (Muir Wood, Point Reyes, Alcatraz) Compliments of the park
Enthusiasm for working with a large number of visitors from all over the world
Desire to learn how to conduct and deliver original programming
Customer service skills
Ability to work in a team
Committed to the diversification of our audience
Knowledge of local area and resources helpful (otherwise, training will be provided)
Energetic and self-motivated
Good oral communication skills, respect for others
Bi-lingual skills a plus
Availability: Friday through Tuesday
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT
Work will be both indoors and outdoors, sometimes in uneven terrain. Weather conditions vary.
Volunteers must be comfortable standing for long periods of time.
Must be comfortable with working independently and with hands on management
Ability to work in a fast paced environment
Public transportation is available and convenient
Ability to answer repeated questions throughout the day
Desired Start Date: October 22, 2016
Each volunteer will be required to complete an in person training session.
Training session held on Saturday, October 22, 2016, 9 AM - 3 PM
8 hours per month minimum
Schedule will include weekends
The Parks Conservancy and National Park Service are committed to diversity in the workplace. Minorities and people of color are encouraged to apply
• Botany • Conservation Education • Historical Preservation • Pest/Disease Control • Office/Clerical • Other • Soil/Watershed • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Muir Woods National Monument
Situated 11 miles North of San Francisco in Mill Valley, California is tucked a very impressive old growth stand of trees. Muir Woods National Monument is a major destination for locals and tourist alike. It is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area that spans over 85,000 acres of land in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo countries. Muir Woods and the surrounding area had a rich natural, cultural, and historical story. Intern would assist ranger staff by providing visitors information, giving interpretive talks and tours, roving trails to ensure resource and visitor protection as well as assist with day to day activities and special projects.
Description of Duties:
Develop knowledge of historical and natural resources of Muir Woods and the surrounding area
Interact with visitors providing basic and/or in depth information that many include but is not limited to coastal redwood ecology, history of Muir Woods, plant and animal life and the surrounding area.
Rove trails ensuring safety of visitors and resource as well as engages visitors about the site
Provide interpretive talks and tours to our visitors each day
Operate NPS radio in accordance with NPS regulations
Opportunity to present introduction education programs for groups or assist with curriculum education programs.
Obtain weather data, perform trail work, and assist with resource monitoring projects. The intern is trained, provided with tools, safety equipment and instruction.
Work 40 hour per 5 day work week (8 hours a day). Schedules include weekends.
Work as a member of a team as well as independently on programs, projects and research.
Assist in the event of emergencies and provide first aid assistance to level of training.
Participant in assisting with the Jr. Ranger Program.
A weekly out-of-pocket expense of $150 may be available as well as housing.
Full uniform provided.
As a National Park Service volunteer you will be provided with information and training about Muir Woods National Monument and the surrounding area.
You will have the opportunity to learn about the National Parks!
Experience communicating with people of diverse cultures and interests.
Walk amongst the tallest living organism, Coastal Redwood trees, and share your knowledge with the visiting public
Intensive rewarding hands on experience in a National Park
Good communication and interpersonal skills.
Comfortable speaking front of groups of people.
Willingness to learn about Muir Woods National Monument, and the resources in and around the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Self starter who can work alone as well as in groups.
Knowledge of other languages is beneficial, but not required.
Ability to walk at least 2 miles, working under occasionally adverse conditions (wind, fog rain and cold) often standing for periods of an hour or more.
You will be required to wear an official National Park Service Volunteer uniform that will be provided to you.
Qualifications: Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and knowledge of the environment, history, education, and/or interpretation and posses a sincere desire to work hard. A bachelor’s degree is preferred. Reliable transportation is a must due to no public transit to the site
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dorm Style housing available with common living areas, kitchen, and bathroom.
• Conservation Education • Natural Resources Planning • Weed/Invasive Species Control
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is the country’s largest urban national park, encompassing 80,000 acres of California coastal landscape. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the non-profit support partner of the GGNRA. The mission of the Parks Conservancy Nursery Program is to provide native plants for Park restoration efforts, to be a community and educational resource, and to inspire community land stewardship. Together, the Park nurseries are one of the largest producers of native plants in the Bay Area.
POSITION OVERVIEW During a one-year position at one of the four nursery sites, interns will participate in all aspects of the community-based restoration nurseries alongside staff. Nursery interns will be introduced to many aspects of nursery management and horticultural practices, including plant propagation, pest and disease control, and facility maintenance. You will also develop botanical knowledge and plant identification skills through collection activities.
Additionally, interns will gain experience in environmental education, habitat restoration, and community engagement. Through participation in community stewardship interns will gain valuable experience in the development and leadership of volunteer programs for a range of audiences. Interns are an integral part of the diverse Nursery Program and are valued participants in the Park.
NURSERY SITES THE PRESIDIO NURSERY:
2 internship positions available Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, CA, this nursery grows over 60,000 plants annually for coastal scrub, sand dune, grassland, and forest habitat restoration projects.
THE MARIN HEADLANDS NURSERY: 1 internship position available Located in Fort Cronkhite, this nursery grows over 40,000 plants annually for coastal scrub, wetland, grassland, redwood forest and riparian habitat restoration projects.
THE FORT FUNSTON AND OCEANA NURSERIES: 2 internship position available Located in San Francisco and Pacifica, CA these nurseries grow over 30,000 plants annually for sand dune, coastal scrub, grassland, and wetland habitat restoration projects.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Plant Propagation?: Assist with seed collection, growing and after-care of native plants for restoration.
? Identify and collect native plant materials in the field.
? Process, and store plant materials for propagation.
? Propagate native plants: sow seeds, process cuttings, transplant seedlings.
? Perform tasks related to facility improvements, repair, and maintenance.
? Maintain accurate records and complete data entry in a complex information tracking system.
? Adhere to Best Management Practices to manage for plant pathogens.
? Time provided, develop an independent project on a plant research topic, mapping, or other applicable natural resources subject of mutual benefit to the intern and the program. Community Programs?: Assist with all aspects of managing a volunteer program and coordinating outreach. This includes:
? Support and co-lead weekly volunteer and education programs.
? Train new volunteers and students in nursery practices and plant identification.
? Develop and perform outdoor presentations to engage a variety of audiences, including youth, while promoting conservation and habitat restoration.
? Recruit, coordinate, and retain volunteers.
? Record and enter volunteer program records into the database.
? Take and organize digital images.
? Participate in Park public events and programs.
? Time provided, assist other team members with habitat restoration activities including removal of invasive plants, planting of natives and other site maintenance activities. WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONS
? Work is primarily performed outdoors with some indoor office work depending on the season.
? The position requires periods of standing, walking, and hiking.
? Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 30 pounds.
? This position requires regular use of disinfectants to maintain healthy plant production. The intern will regularly be required to wear personal protective equipment provided by the nursery. BENEFITS
? Opportunities for professional development days to pursue classes or other applicable events.
? Gain leadership experience, marketable skills, and restoration experience at a highly respected non-profit organization with a model partnership between two federal agencies.
? Opportunities to participate in and strengthen unique partnerships with educational institutions throughout San Francisco and Marin Counties.
? Opportunities to work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands while engaging the next generation of park stewards.
? Opportunity to live in and enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular National Park.
? Learn valuable skills in nursery and volunteer management as well as community engagement.
? Passion, curiosity, and enthusiasm for horticulture and native plants and/or a degree in botany, environmental studies, natural sciences, horticulture or another related field. ? Must enjoy working outside in various conditions while maintaining a positive attitude. ? Familiarity with plant identification and taxonomic keys.
? Strong commitment to the preservation and protection of native plant and wildlife communities on public lands.
? A self-starter – ability to work independently with little supervision in a motivated manner.
? Ability to accurately transcribe information and data, with great attention to detail. ? Excellent oral and written communication skills.
? Experience or interest in working with or leading volunteers or education programs and the desire and ability to supervise, train and inspire others.
? Desire to work in a team and to work with a diversity of people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and viewpoints.
? Familiarity with using basic computer programs (Microsoft Suite) and database systems; experience with Photoshop/InDesign and GIS a plus.
? A valid driver’s license in good standing, experience driving for 2 or more years with ability to drive a truck on both unpaved roads and city streets. Experience driving large vehicles is a plus.
? Bi-lingual skills are a plus.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dorm style
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Are you interested in educating visitors in maintaining our beaches? Do you want to learn about beach ecology?
We are looking for docents who are interested in learning about how to connect visitors with Ocean Beach. Docents will have the opportunity to shape a new park volunteer program. Also, assist with Jr. Ranger Beach Buddies programs.We need individuals who are excited about working with park partners and the local community.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Working with the Beach Volunteer Manager, the volunteer will gain experience in public relations.
Educating visitors on spare the air days, firepit practices
Supporting beach clean-ups at Ocean Beach.
Gathering statistics and reporting to the Volunteer Manager.
Creating a beach talk.
Committ to two days a month.
Learn about the cultural and natural resources of the National Parks.
Experience in developing and leading an interpretive talk.
Opportunity to work with staff and volunteers from different parts of the park.
A uniform will be provided.
Training and professional development days will be offered and provided.
An ability and desire to work with people of varying backgrounds and ages.
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
This volunteer interpreter position is located on Alcatraz Island, the oldest permanent military installation, west of the Mississippi River. Alcatraz Island has served many roles in history. It has been a U.S. military fortification and prison (1850’s - 1933), federal penitentiary (1934 - 1963), site of an occupation by American Indians (1969 - 1971), breeding site for many species of nesting birds, and a part of the national park system since 1972.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Alcatraz staff. Working with the National Park Service and its park partner’s volunteers provide vital services to Alcatraz visitors.
Hours per month: Minimum of 16 hours per month, with a commitment of six months. Housing is not available.
Description of Duties: The National Park Service seeks outgoing individuals to help with visitor services on the island. This is a great way to develop job and communication skills. Volunteers will rove the park, provide visitor with information on the island natural and cultural history, and resource protection information.
Greet groups of 300+ visitors arriving on the ferries to the island
Answer questions and conduct cellhouse demonstrations
Introduce visitors to island wildlife • Present programs for the public
Acquaint visitors with island rules and regulations
Interest in local cultural and natural history
Ability to speak in front of large groups
Ability to work with a culturally diverse population
Ability to follow directions and work as a member of a team
Desire to learn and try new things
Bilingual skills helpful
Personal enrichment and experience working in a national park setting
Experience in communicating with people of diverse cultures
Opportunity to get to know the park site intimately
Accrual of knowledge and skills necessary to perform interpretive functions and provide visitor information.
Interpretive Training begins May 9th for three (3) consecutive Saturdays (mandatory).