Desert Institute Field Program Assistant 2024-25

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

Help inspire others to make a special connection to nature - and to Joshua Tree National Park!

Desert Institute is the educational branch of Joshua Tree National Park Association , a non-profit partner of Joshua Tree National Park. Desert Institute’s mission is to help the Park achieve its education and interpretation program goals, and we do this by hosting a variety of field classes, seminars, workshops, and recreational adventures throughout the year. We rely on our National Park Service (NPS) volunteers to support our programming and our program participants.

Join our team to help park visitors build a meaningful relationship with the park and its community! We are looking for desert enthusiasts who identify with the philosophies of the National Park Service, are committed to stewardship, love working with people, and are excited to facilitate unique outdoor experiences.

Desert Institute Field Program Assistants will:

  • Commit to volunteering for at least 5 weekend classes per year
  • Pick up and deliver field activity supplies from the office to the class location
  • Attend field or classroom activities that may involve groups of up to 40 people
  • Monitor the safety of all participants, assess risk, and take preventative measures
  • Organize and manage car-caravans with groups of up to 15 people
  • Manage participant check-in before the start of an activity
  • Model Leave No Trace principles and ensure groups adhere to these tenets
  • Speak in front of groups confidently and knowledgeably about the program activities and subject matter, safety guidelines, and general desert ecology
  • Maintain friendly, calm, and attentive communication with program participants and co-workers, even in the face of adverse situations
  • Respond to emergencies calmly and quickly while maintaining communication with JTNP and Desert Institute through satellite messenger and NPS radio
  • Provide emergency medical aid up to their current level of training and certification, but not beyond

Start Date - 2024-09-01

End Date - 2025-08-31

Activities include: Conservation Education;Tour Guide/Interpretation

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