Mesa Verde Recruits for Summer Park Rangers
Contact: Tessy Shirakawa, 970-529-4628
Mesa Verde National Park is hiring summer 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. Employees 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. Park housing may be available.
If interested apply to www.usajobs.opm.gov by January 10, 2009.
For further information contact Rosemarie Salazar, Supervisory Park Ranger, Interpretation, at 970-529-4629.
Did You Know?
In 1891, Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiold studied, explored, and photographed many of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings. Considered by many to be the first true archeologist at Mesa Verde, his book, "The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde," was the first extensive record of its cliff dwellings.