Seneca Rocks Discovery Center Visitor Services and Interpretation

Expected Dates
April 2, 2018 to July 21, 2018
Site
Monongahela National Forest
Position ID
PO-00725410
Spend your summer in one of the most beautiful places in West Virginia – Seneca Rocks – working at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center on the Monongahela National Forest!
 Over the course of your summer, you will: Staff the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center (SRDC.)  The Discovery Center is the northeastern portal to the Monongahela National Forest and West Virginia.  Over 80,000 visitors a season visit the SRDC.  Inside, you’ll find interpretive exhibits, an auditorium, classroom and Interpretive Association bookstore.  Outside you’ll find the Sites Homestead, the Seneca Rocks picnic area, and a 1.5 mile hiking trail to a platform near the top of Seneca Rocks, the best traditional rock climbing area in the mid-Atlantic.  Beyond that, you have nearly a million acres of the Monongahela National Forest to explore, including the nearby Dolly Sods Wilderness and Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia.
•Create and present interpretive programs for visitors of all ages at the Discovery Center, on the Seneca Rocks hiking trail, and at the nearby Forest Service campground, Seneca Shadows.
•Make the Sites Homestead come alive through living history programs and heritage gardening.  The Sites Family was one of the earliest European settlers in this area arriving in the 1830’s.  Their homestead still stands on the picnic area grounds and is the location for a variety of programs (like square dancing, quilting, apple cider making, gardening with heirloom seeds, etc.) that allow our visitors to take a step back in time.
We are looking for the right person who can split their time between staffing the Visitor Center and creating/presenting interpretive programs or other special projects.  Because you will be handling money (by ringing up Interpretive Association sales at the Information Desk), this position is not eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award
 
  • The Seneca Rocks Discovery Center is a 10,000 square foot facility located on the Monongahela National Forest at the base of Seneca Rocks, in Pendleton County, West Virginia.
  • The Forest Service will provide first aid, CPR, defensive driving, and computer training. On-the-job training in visitor services, bookstore operations, and interpretive program and development will also be provided.
  • Monongahela National Forest recreation opportunities include: hiking, bicycling, fishing, rock climbing and nature study. There are seven Wildernesses on the Monongahela, including the Dolly Sods Wilderness (a 45 minute drive from Seneca Rocks.)
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Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Communications
some coursework or experience
Forestry
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
History
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Money Handling
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Working with Children
some experience