Interpretive Park Guide

Expected Dates
September 1, 2019 to August 30, 2020
White Sands National Monument
Position ID
This position serves as an active member of the park’s interpretive team. Duties include:
  • Collaborating with the monument’s Youth in Parks representative to facilitate a park visit for under-served youth in the local community and developing follow-on digital media (i.e., video, digital app content, social media posts) to share this visit and inspire young people to explore national parks with an emphasis on White Sands National Monument.
  • Plans, researches and presents original interpretive programs to the general public and special audiences, based on park interpretive themes and accepted interpretive theory and techniques.
  • Performs roving interpretation.
  • Uses graphic design software to develop simple interpretive media such as program announcements and interpretive posters.
  • Staffs information desk and answers visitor questions, provides basic orientation to park facilities and resources.
  • Provides information about area and regional attractions and explains park regulations and policies.
  • Provides safety information so that visitors may utilize park facilities safely.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $160 - weekly living allowance
  • Housing

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

  • Alamogordo is situated at the crossroads of U.S. Highways 54, 70, and 82, which lead east into the mountains and the quaint village of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, south to the international border city of El Paso, Texas, west to the university city of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and north into the heart of the Land of Enchantment.
  • A week-long employee orientation. Topics for this training include interpretive skills, natural and cultural resources of White Sands, and CPR and First Aid. On-line training opportunities in interpretive skills and Adobe Creative Suite programs includin
  • Local attractions range from recreational opportunities (i.e., hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping) and cultural events to areas of historical significance and educational possibilities. The area is host to museums, observatories, state and nationally
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Social Media
competent with supervision
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent without supervision
Working with Children
competent without supervision