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Park Ranger Interpretation

Park Ranger Interpretation


National Park Service

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve


$59,966 - $77,955 per year


Interpretation and Education

  • Manages the development of interpretive materials by subordinate staff for use in a variety of venues.
  • Continuously evaluates the need for new or revised park publications, drafts brochure text, designs layouts, analyzes funding sources and stays within prescribed budget.
  • Plans, designs, develops, and improves interpretive materials such as signs, waysides, publications, exhibits, and audio, video, and other digital content.
  • Develops and presents a variety of formal and informal audience and learner centered interpretive experiences.
  • Oversees planning and development of interpretive programming, including coordination with the Chief of Interpretation and local partners as appropriate.

Visitor Services and Facility Operations

  • Oversees all aspects of the Interpretive operations at the Visitor Center and other public venues.
  • Engages in and monitors visitor services provided by seasonal employees, park interns, and Interpretation and Visitor Services volunteers.
  • Responds to electronic, telephone, or written inquiries from the public.
  • Orients, educates, and informs visitors regarding access and opportunities to participate in and contribute to memorable experiences.

Supervise less than 20%

  • Directly supervises seasonal employees and park interns, and Interpretation and Visitor Services volunteers.
  • Performs supervisory functions, including but not limited to planning, scheduling, evaluations, and operations.
  • Responsible for on-the-job safety and health of all employees and volunteers supervised.
  • Will Coordinate the Park's Volunteer Program.

Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion and can involve extensive periods of standing and walking in some cases over rough surfaces or inclines outdoors, and carrying backpacks, tools, rescue equipment, or other loads. Some employees may engage in firefighting search and rescue, and other strenuous activities; these employees may be required to lift or carry equipment weighting more then 50 pounds over long distances. Employees who participate in all-risk operations will be required to meet fitness requirement on a continuing basis.

Working Conditions: The work can include moderate risks or discomforts that require safety precautions (e.g., exposure to extreme temperatures, climates, rough terrain, wild animals, pests, and/or insects). The incumbent may be required to use protective clothing or gear, such as masks, boots, gloves, etc. Some employees may be engaged in all risk operations and be exposed to high risk and potentially dangerous situations which require a range of safety and other precautions.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a treasure of visual, geological and biological surprises --- a high mountain valley holding the tallest dunes in North America and flanked by some of the highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains; unique wind-powered geologic systems; insects physically adapted to life in the sand and found nowhere else; alpine lakes and tundra; disappearing creeks; interdunal wetlands and much more!

Nestled in southern Colorado, North America's tallest dunes rise over 750 feet high against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This geologic wonderland, containing over 30 square miles of massive dunes, became a national monument in 1932. With the passage of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Act, resources now also include alpine lakes and tundra, six peaks over 13,000 feet in elevation, ancient spruce and pine forests, large stands of aspen and cottonwood, grasslands and wetlands --- all habitat for diverse wildlife and plant species. The city of Alamosa, Colorado, is 35 miles from the park and offers a full range of shopping, medical facilities and other amenities.

Government Housing is not available.


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