Presidio Visitor Center Interpretive Volunteer

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Review the position description below and APPLY HERE. First training is on Thursday, March 10th, 2022! 


Presidio Visitor Center Interpretive Volunteer

Interpretive Volunteers assist rangers in front-line visitor experiences in a variety of ways. Responsibilities include:

  • Staff the Visitor Center and provide efficient, accurate, courteous services and helpful information to the public
  • Rove the Main Post and Tunnel Tops to provide park visitors with information on the history of the area
  • Support park rangers in general site operations
  • Gain knowledge of park resources and 21st Century interpretive skills and techniques
  • Develop, and present formal interpretive programs to the public; Outlines are submitted to VIP Coordinator
  • Share diverse history and culture related to the park such as Buffalo Soldiers, Spanish-Mexican era and Nisei servicemen
  • Use interpretive techniques to help visitors find emotional and intellectual connections to park resources
  • Assist with special events and special projects
  • Record same-day visitor contacts and occurrences
  • Attend trainings and lectures to facilitate continuing education
  • Learn and operate NPS radio for park communication
  • Other duties as assigned such as littler pick up
  • If applicable, operate a government vehicle to report to site locations

Skills Needed / Preferred
Enjoy working with a diverse public • Desire to sharpen communication skills while sharing information and providing good customer service • Remain patient, calm and courteous during days of high visitation, especially in emergency situations • Communicate effectively with the public and with park personnel (park rangers, park police, partner organizations) • Knowledge of local area and resources • State ID or driver’s license • Bilingual skills helpful • Desire to learn and try new things.

Benefits to Volunteers
Receive training in NPS mission and policies • Sharpen coordination skills in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment • Communicate with people of diverse cultures • Personal enrichment and experience working with park staff in a national park setting • Opportunity to get to know the park site intimately • Accrual of knowledge and skills necessary to perform 21st Century interpretive functions • Join a community of volunteers who care for and share historic resources with the public • Receive a Volunteer Pass for one year of free entry to public lands upon reaching 250 volunteer hours.

Additional Details

Number of Volunteers Needed: 6-10
Age Requirement: 16 years or older
Starting Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Minimum Commitment: Volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per month
Location of Position: Presidio Visitor Center, GGNRA
Supervisor: James Osborne
Phone: (415) 561-4959

Safety concerns pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic are an utmost priority and precautions have been taken to ensure our active volunteers remain as safe as possible when interacting with the public.

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