Visitor Services and Interpretive Specialist – St George, UT

Position Type: Internship

Open until: 5/15/2017

Wage: $13.84 per hour

Location: St George, UT

Description:

THIS INTERNSHIP IS BASED AT THE PINE VALLEY RANGER DISTRICT, DIXIE NATIONAL FOREST, ST GEORGE, UTAH.

  1. Ensures that the information desk at a reception area or visitor center is covered at all times, and answers the phone and radio. Greets visitors, and responds to a variety of inquiries regarding Forest Service activities, programs, exhibits, facilities, policies, and functions. Evaluates inquiries in order to provide the most useful and appropriate information or to suggest other options, such as alternate routes or activities.  Provides guidance to the public on rules and regulations regarding on-unit activities, and attempts to gain public cooperation in protecting resources from damage and pollution. Assists visitors and callers with informational searches, and with use of the reference library.  Monitors and reports statistics such as visitor numbers and activities, for project planning.  Keeps abreast of unit issues and acts as lead to other information desk co-workers as needed.  Develops and implements interpretive programming for the Pine Valley Campground and Recreation Area.  Coordinates with district and forest staff to educate and implement interpretive programming and other district educational events.
  1. Serves as Collection Officer to sell forest timber permits and other items, such as maps and passes, in accordance with manual and handbook requirements. Is held responsible for submitting and accounting for collected monies using approved computer programs and records.
  1. Performs regular daily activities for the reception area or visitor center, including but not limited to, daily opening and closing of the facility, raising and lowering the flag, and maintaining the front desk. Monitors public areas, and updates the status of exhibits. Provides visitors with effective instructions on security and safety procedures and informs the supervisor of visitor needs.  Operates a variety of audio/visual equipment.  Maintains a lost and found for visitors and staff.  Coordinates Interpretive Association book sales, including ordering, stocking, sales, quarterly inventory and reporting.
  1. Coordinates with staff specialists and public affairs office to provide the latest, most accurate and appropriate information to the public. Researches and maintains an inventory of timely publications, brochures, posters, and informational handouts for the public. Creates and posts informational handouts and flyers concerning safety, events and other items of importance. Works with the public affairs unit to ensure that current and accurate information is available on the external Forest Service website.  Updates information such as road and recreation closures.  Responds to and directs web and email inquiries to the appropriate personnel. Acts as liaison to other information centers such as other Forest Service offices or the local Chamber of Commerce.
  1. Arranges informational interpretive displays in the reception area or visitor center. Varies or changes the displays to coincide with seasonal changes and unit program emphases. Provides interpretive answers to a wide variety of visitor interests, such as the identification of local flora and fauna or the location of camping areas.  Visits and is very familiar with trails, campgrounds, roads, and other areas on the unit, in order to provide accurate, descriptive information. Plans and presents interpretive talks and programs for visitors, local schools, and other groups.  Uses a variety of tools, such as drawings, activity specific tools, and audio/visual equipment, as interpretive aids for presentations.  Coordinates Smokey Bear appearances and Forest Service presence at local events such as parades and fairs.
  1. Handles clerical duties, such as mail and package delivery, personnel updates to phone lists and sign-out board. Supports the office by performing such duties as monitoring of field going personnel for safety purposes, assistance with scheduling the conference room, fleet use reporting, travel assistance, assistance with purchasing during busy times, and other projects and duties as assigned by the supervisor.  Monitors the status of office and security equipment and uses a variety of office and computer equipment to accomplish project and unit goals.

SHARED HOUSING IS AVAILABLE IN PINE VALLEY, UTAH.

Qualifications:

Interns with prior visitor services / interpretive experience will be given preference. Looking for a well-organized individual with high communication skills.

Application Instructions:

  1. Go to iicinternships.com
  2. Click on the IIC Application on the right hand side. This will download a word document of the IIC Internship Application.
  3. Fill in the application (this can be done on your computer).
  4. Save application and email it to (CONTACT PERSON) a (CONTACT EMAIL) in the subject line put IIC INTERNSHIP APPLICATION You can also print your application and bring it to Miranda Gubler at the IIC offices.

Submit IIC application, resume, transcripts, and statement of interest. Applications must be received by (May 10, 2016)

Contact Information:

  • Nick Walendziak
  • nwalendziak@fs.fed.us
  • 435-668-3122

 

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