Interpretive Volunteer Summer 2024

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

General Park Info

By joining our team here at Bryce Canyon National Park, you'll have the opportunity to live in a place that some only dream of visiting. Bryce Canyon NP is known for our enchanting hoodoos, which exist here in vibrant abundance! The park also offers amazing wildlife viewing, endless hiking opportunities, stunning night skies, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter. Explore the park more at www.nps.gov/brca


While Bryce Canyon is an unparalleled place to live and work, it does have its own set of challenges. We welcome almost three million visitors annually; concentrated in our summer season between the main Bryce Amphitheater and our 18-mile scenic drive. During our high visitation, guests might have challenges finding parking, navigating the trails, or finding a campsite. Empathy, courtesy, problem-solving, and creative thinking are some of the skills you will use during your workday.


Housing is also a challenge. We offer one RV space at this time. No other housing is available.


What Does an Interpretive Volunteer Do?


Visitor Center

Visitor Center Interpretation duties will consist of orientating guests to the park, providing information on park activities and encouraging guests to recreate in a safe and environmentally conscious way. Specific tasks may include but are not limited to answering questions, sharing safety messaging, providing directions, recommending hiking trails, interacting with Junior Rangers, processing lost and found items, operating a 2-way radio, answering phone inquiries and voicemails, and other duties as necessary. This is our greatest area of need; you can anticipate that at least one half of your duties will be in the VC.


Interpretive Programs

Interpretive volunteers will have the opportunity to develop and present interpretive programs. These could include 20-minute talks on the park's geology, impromptu pop-up tables on animal adaptations, talks or roves at the rim, and assist with special events like our Astronomy Festival (June) and Geofest (July). There will be many other events related to the park's Centennial this year. In past years, most programming has had an Astronomy or Geology focus. Efforts are underway to include the historical and cultural complexities of this magical place.


Other

Other duties may consist of informal interpretation on shuttle buses, hiking trails and visiting viewpoints for the purpose of chatting with visitors, answering questions, and helping them get the most out of their Bryce experience. There may also be opportunities for cross training in some divisions, including Search and Rescue (SAR), Resource Management, and Maintenance.


Training

Where possible, volunteers are trained with the same materials and timeframe as rangers. You will be supplied with a volunteer uniform.


We value your contribution and hope to make this a rewarding experience for all!

Start Date - 2024-06-30

End Date - 2024-10-31

Activities include: Conservation Education;Minerals/Geology;Tour Guide/Interpretation;Visitor Information;Night Sky / Astronomy

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Mission Statement

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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The U.S. National Park Service, www.nps.gov, cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. We care for more than 400 national parks and help communities preserve their historic places and open spaces.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Environment
Sports & Recreation
Arts & Culture, Environment, Sports & Recreation

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Highway 63Bryce, UT 84764

(37.67587,-112.15594)
 

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Sunday;Monday;Tuesday;Wednesday;Thursday;Friday;Saturday

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