• Botany • Historical Preservation • Visitor Information
We are looking for an intern interested in all aspects of horticulture, maintenance of the gardens, and volunteer program management. Working as part of a team, the intern will work under the direction of the Garden Manager and the Horticulturist. The intern will also work alongside and supervise garden volunteers.
Description of Duties Garden Maintenance
? Care for all garden areas utilizing the proper techniques and practices of horticulture; this includes weeding, efficient irrigation, fertilizing, planting, composting, pruning and chipping. Report any needed insect/disease control.
? Assist with all aspects of propagation and greenhouse management.
? Maintain a clean and orderly storage area. Report any necessary replacements and repairs. Volunteer Management and Outreach
? Train and supervise volunteers and lead volunteer groups in planned activities and safe garden practices.
? Communicate with visitors about park issues.
? Develop and lead educational and interpretative walks and talks.
? Create, edit, and produce educational and outreach materials. Benefits
? Gain professional development skills and horticultural expertise and experience working in award-winning gardens
? Opportunity to take six professional development days to pursue Park Academy classes.
? Opportunity to enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular national park working alongside staff and volunteers from a diverse backgrounds
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
? Desire and ability to work outdoors and in inclement weather; This is a physically strenuous job - most days will require walking up steep hills
? Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.
? Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
? Intern will work both indoors and outdoors, but mostly outdoors on Alcatraz.
? Desired Start Date: October 1, 2016; or until filled
? 40 hours per week
? Length of internship: October 1, 2016 – August 30, 2017
? Intern must have a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to receive stipend of $300 biweekly
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
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
• 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).
• Office/Clerical • Visitor Information • General Assistance
The primary duty is to staff the Pacific West Region Information Center (PWRIC). The PWRIC is located at in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Headquarters building.
The Center provides information about National Parks in the Pacific West Region of the country that includes parks in California, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Guam and American Samoa. The PWRIC also receives requests for information about other areas and agencies including San Francisco city parks, California State Parks and U. S. Forest Service areas.
Description of Duties
Responding to visitor inquiries in person, over the phone and by mail. These inquiries will range widely in topic
Updating informational materials for visitors
Special activities/opportunities may occur as Park Service needs arise.
This position requires the ability to prioritize visitors' needs and adapt to new situations to handle the demands of a busy office setting, e.g., answering phones, admitting visitors to the building, responding appropriately to emergency situations, prepare mailing materials, photocopying, filing, etc.
Applicants must be able to multitask and to work independently in absence of other staff.
As a National Park Service Volunteer you will provide information about National Park areas.
You will have the opportunity to learn more about National Parks than you ever imagined
Sometimes, you will be the first and only contact visitors from all over the world will have within the National Park Service (NPS)
Meet fellow volunteers at trainings and social events.
Goal: The goal of the Information Center is to provide visitors with information abou the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and NPS sites in the Pacific West Region.
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to use office equipment and a telephone
Willingness to learn about the vast resources in our National Parks
Knowledge of other langauges and writing skills are beneficial, but not required. You will be required to wear an official National Park Service Volunteer uniform that will be provided to you.
Scheduled Hours: Four hours per week. Work periods are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Some flexibility possible, however reliability is necessary.