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Maintenance and Interpretation - Winter Volunteer 2022/2023

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

Volunteer(s) is needed to assist with maintenance at the De Soto National Memorial during the 2022-2023 winter season. Maintenance is needed in minor projects, including signposts, painting, power washing, light carpentry and other work as needed around the park. Driving record and Background Check required. Prefer experience working or volunteering at a federal agency or state park. Experience working at recreation facilities also helpful.

Volunteer(s) will also assist with Visitor Services and Interpretation by staffing the Visitor Center. Job duties include, but not limited to, providing orientation, information, and outreach for area visitors in person, by phone, email, and through community outreach.

In addition, for those who like to dress up! The volunteer(s) will also assist rangers in Camp Uzita, the living history program at De Soto National Memorial. We provide 16th - 18th Century replica clothing to support the immersive and incredible popular living history program. The volunteer(s) will answer questions about the 1539 Expedition of Hernando de Soto and general questions about the park and NPS. Heavy lifting (40# +/-) may also be required to move living history items from storage to the display tables, back into storage and possibly loading items into a vehicle for off-site outreach. Volunteer(s) will also conduct informal interpretive roving. Roving contacts are within the park and help provide visitors orientation and information about the preserve.

Volunteer(s) will typically have the same days off weekly. Working weekends and some holidays will be required. November 24th, December 25th, and January 1st are holidays that volunteers will have off as the Visitor Centers is closed. Additional time off must be discussed and approved by their supervisor.

Volunteer(s) may be required to drive government golf carts.

Volunteer(s) must attend orientation and training starting in early fall provided by park staff (approximately 5 days). Selection Priority is given to those volunteers that commit to the full term of November 1st through April 30th.

Volunteer(s) would provide assistance for a minimum of 24 hours per week (40 hours per week for couples) in exchange for use of an RV pad with full hook ups and access to full size restroom facilities, and washer/dryer. The winter season begins in November and continues through April. WiFi is unavailable in the park.

Volunteer(s) may have the opportunity to assist other branches with special projects, visit other agencies, parks, and museums in the area, and may have other training opportunities.

Each day is different with varying schedules to cover programs and Visitor Center responsibilities. The volunteer program will provide an opportunity to interact with people from around the world. This is a fun, rewarding position which allows creativity, flexibility and opportunities for personal growth.

When applying, please include a resume that describes your skills and experiences. This announcement may be used to fill two succeeding positions: from Nov 1, 2022 to Jan 31, 2023; and from Feb 1, 2023 to April 30, 2023.

Start Date - 2023-02-01

End Date - 2023-04-30

Activities include: Construction/Maintenance;Tour Guide/Interpretation;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Strenuous

Hosts Housing Amenities: RV/Trailer Pads

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The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.


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8300 De Soto Memorial HwyBradenton, FL 34209



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  • Interpreter




  • Sunday;Monday;Thursday;Friday;Saturday

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