Click here to read the seasonal park guide job announcement at USAJobs
(All job applications must be received by March 15, 2008).

Wind Cave National Park is seeking applicants for up to six park guide positions for the summer of 2008. The salary is $12.79/hour for 40 hours/week. Positions start approximately May 19 and run until the end of August. College students currently enrolled in school and plan on returning in the fall can be hired under the STEP program.

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.

Historic Housing
Historic CCC-era Housing

NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz

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.

Housing may be available and consists of a shared furnished apartment or house with kitchens and baths.

Park guides may be required to work evenings, weekends, and holidays, and 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 National Park Service uniform. A stipend is available to help defray uniform expenses.


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, from hiking and camping to 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 134 miles of surveyed cave, and 28,295 acres of mixed grass prairie and ponderosa pine forest containing representative animal and plant species.


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.


Once the jobs are announced in early 2008:

Applicants must submit a resume, Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612), or other written application format of your choice. Please complete attached supplemental qualification and experience sheets for this vacancy and submit with the application. If you believe that you qualify for this position based on your education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript (s). Unofficial transcripts printed from a college website that do not include the student’s name or other identifying information are not acceptable.

If your application is submitted by mail, it must be postmarked by the closing date of the announcement (To be determined) and received within five (5) working days. Hand delivered applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Faxed or e-mailed materials will not be accepted.

Submit your application package to:

NEKOTA Group Personnel Office
c/o Wind Cave National Park
26611 U.S. Highway 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Click here to review the entire job announcement and for information on how to apply.

For additional information about the park visit our web site. For additional information about the positions contact Phyllis Cremonini at (605) 745-1131.

Last updated: December 27, 2017

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Hot Springs, SD 57747


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