Seasonal Employment at Wind Cave National Park
Wind Cave National Park is seeking applicants for up to six park guide positions for the summer. The salary is approximately $13.41/hour for 40 hours/week. Positions start approximately mid-May and run until the end of August. All of our job openings can be found on USAJobs, the official job site for the United States Federal Government. Just go to USAJobs, click on Search Jobs and type in "NPS" to find a complete listing of our job opportunities and application procedures. Summer jobs for 2013 should be listed on USAJobs beginning mid to late December, 2012 and closing mid January 2013. For more information please call the park at 605-745-1131.
The duties include a full range of interpretive programs and activities. Guides will be responsible for researching, developing, and presenting four different thematic cave tours; staffing the visitor center information desk; developing and presenting interpretive programs; offering information and orientation services in informal settings such as parking lots and outdoor terraces; and assisting with special projects.
This is an excellent opportunity to develop skills needed for college or beyond. Park guides will learn computer skills (PowerPoint, Word, Excel), create and write interpretive programs, hone research skills, learn proper money handling techniques, and practice public speaking skills. These positions interact with people from around the country and the world and will be part of a staff of over twenty people.
Schedule and Benefits
Park guides may be required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays. They are eligible to earn annual and sick leave, holiday pay, night and Sunday differential pay. A valid driver’s license is required as is wearing a National Park Service uniform.
A stipend is available to help defray uniform expenses. Housing may be available and consists of a shared furnished apartment or house with kitchens and baths
Park Guide Qualifications
Applicants must meet qualification standards of a GS-0090-04 Park Guide position. This requires six months of general experience and six months of specialized experience; OR, two years of education above high school with at least 12 semester hours of related course work; OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience. Related course work or education related to the occupation includes courses in American History, science, and/or public speaking. Applicants must be interested in and able to meet and communicate with groups of people. Experience in interpretation, public speaking, environmental education, or caves would be helpful, but is not required. Personal transportation is desirable, but not essential.
Wind Cave National Park is located in southwest South Dakota in Custer County. It is sixty miles south of Rapid City and six miles north of the town of Hot Springs. There are many recreational opportunities in the area including hiking and camping. The Black Hills location is characterized by warm summer days with cool nights. Spring weather varies from cool and wet to warm and sunny days. Wind Cave National Park preserves and protects a complex, three-dimensional maze cave system containing rare formations in its over 138 miles of surveyed cave, and 33,851 acres of mixed grass prairie and ponderosa pine forest containing representative animal and plant species
All of our job openings can be found on USAJobs, the official job site for the United States Federal Government. Just go to USAJobs, click on Search Jobs and type in "Wind Cave National Park" to find a complete listing of our job opportunities and application procedures. Hint: Check back often, as new positions open regularly.
Background investigations will be required for all park guide positions.
Did You Know?
Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.