Interdisciplinary Resource and Visitor Assistant (self-select) (PO-00735566)

Join our team of dedicated staff at the David R. Obey Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center supporting efforts to help visitors learn about the natural, cultural, and historical resources in the region. 

The Visitor Center is part of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and operated in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, and the Friends of the Center Alliance, Ltd.

Responsibilities of the Resource and Visitor Assistant: 

  • Assist Forest Service and partner staff in planning and leading a variety of interpretive and educational programs.  Engaging youth and visitors on topics such as the Great Lakes, water quality, native plants, pollinators, cultural and regional history, boardwalk tours, etc.
  • Provide quality visitor center services including greeting visitors and helping them become acquainted with the Center’s programs and facilities, providing information about events, programs, and recreational opportunities in the community.  Answering questions and providing guides, maps, and information. 
  • Complete and/or assist with field/habitat maintenance and restoration activities with agency partners that may include trail maintenance, garden upkeep and restoration, invasive species removal, fishery surveys, stream assessments, planting or maintaining native plant gardens, etc.
  • Be familiar with facilities equipment and operations including theater and group use display and standard procedures related to customer service, safety, and facility use. 
  • Develop and/or enhance outreach materials to support the Visitor Center's mission and educate the public.

Successful applicants: 

  • Motivation to learn and have experience working with youth, customers/public, and be comfortable presenting information to audiences.
  • Ability to work independently on assigned projects while being an engaged, collaborative member of the team.
  • Ability to contribute and maintain a positive workplace environment and be courteous and polite to visitors.
  • Good oral communication skills.

 Compensation Details:
– $660/week* Living Allowance
– Eligible for the Public Land Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority (640hrs minimum hour requirement)

*All allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes. 

Please note that this position does not offer housing and is not eligible for the AmeriCorps Education Award.

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Position ID: PO-00735566

Expected Dates: July 31, 2023 - November 19, 2023

29270 County Highway G
Ashland, WI 54806

Training Provided: Interns will have opportunities to learn about cultural, historical and natural resources, CPR, First Aid and AED training, interpretive skills, exhibit care and maintenance. Additional trainings may be available based on intern's desires.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The Chequamegon Bay area of Lake Superior features numerous educational and outdoor recreational opportunities such as visiting Madeline Island, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, a tour of area waterfalls, hiking trails, ATV/UTV trails, etc.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

It is recommended to have a vehicle to get to and from the Visitor Center.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

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