Primary duties include working in the Visitor Experience and Education (Interpretation) Division. Every day provides an opportunity to work in a fast-paced public contact environment with the goal of assisting and educating visitors. This position involves 50-60% assisting with informal interpretation at peregrine falcon nesting and hawk observation sites. The applicant will assist with staffing the main visitor center information desk. Other duties may include assisting rangers on programs (i.e., bird programs); present basic interpretive talks; conduct roves and other forms of informal interpretation at site and field locations.
Skills and knowledge that you will gain on the job include avian identification, their life histories, and their numbers and distribution in Acadia, developing and enhancing public speaking and writing skills, interpretive knowledge and visitor service skills.
Previous experience with raptors and /or bird identification is helpful. Work is primarily in the field with long periods of standing and walking on uneven terrain in all types of weather including intense heat in the summer and cold wind in the fall.
A positive attitude, desire to work as a team player, willingness to learn, a strong desire to interact with the public on a daily basis, and the ability to work independently in the field are required.
– $300/week Living Allowance
– $1,100 To/From Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck
– NPS bunkhouse Housing provided on-site
– Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,474 received upon successful completion of position
– Eligible for the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority upon successful completion of position (640hrs minimum of service)
*All Allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
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Position ID: PO-00735174
Expected Dates: May 8, 2023 - October 8, 2023
20 McFarland Hill Dr.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Training Provided: NPS informal interpretive techniques and scientific methods used in studying and reporting avian data. Avian identification,their life histories, and their numbers and distribution in Acadia. Training in the field by experienced ornithology rangers.
Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The town of Bar Harbor features numerous community events, from parades to public lectures at the library. The College of the Atlantic offers many educational opportunities for the public. Hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking are all nearby.
Handicap Accessible?: Yes
Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations
AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible
Driving Logistics: Required
Due to the distance to the nearest town and lack of public transportation opportunities.
Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member
Quarters are in a shared house, with common living, cooking, dining, and bathroom areas. Residents may have their own bedroom, but in some cases may need to share with a same-gender roommate. Residents provide their own bedding and kitchenware. Specialized items and appliances should be brought if needed.
US Citizenship: Yes