• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Mesa Verde Recruits for Late Summer/Fall Park Rangers

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Date: May 23, 2008
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628

Mesa Verde National Park is hiring late summer/fall interpretive park rangers. These positions require intense public contact work answering repetitive questions. In one day, Mesa Verde National Park may receive 4000+ visitors from a multi-cultural audience of diverse nationalities, ages, and educational backgrounds. Duties include developing and presenting guided interpretive tours of prehistoric (500-1300AD) Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings/mesa top sites, conducting educational programs and children’s walks, working in some cliff dwellings on a self-guided basis answering questions and protecting cultural resources, and working behind an information desk. The park ranger will also assist with or handle first aid emergencies.

Intensive resource and interpretive training will be provided. Employee will be required to do independent research to develop original interpretive programs. Park elevations vary from 7,000 to 8,500 feet – involving strenuous physical activity, exposure to heights and to weather extremes. Position requires incumbent to drive a government vehicle – standard transmission. Employee will wear the National Park Service uniform. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age or older, possess a valid state driver’s license and pass a background check. The work schedule is very intense involving rotating shifts, and holidays. Housing may be available, but not promised.

If interested apply to www.usajobs.gov by June 6, 2008.
•Employment dates: July 6 to October 11, 2008 (extensions may be available).
•Salary: $14.24/hour

For further information contact Rosemarie Salazar, Supervisory Park Ranger, Interpretation, at 970-529-4629.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

Zia Corn Dance

Descendants of Mesa Verde Ancestral Puebloans include the Hopi in Arizona, and the 19 Rio Grande pueblos of New Mexico: Taos, Picuris, Sandia, Isleta, San Juan, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Nambe, Tesuque, Jemez, Cochiti, Pojoaque, Santo Domingo, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Zia, Laguna, Acoma, and Zuni.