Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve encompasses the tallest dunes in North American, which are the centerpiece of a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes and tundra in the Sangre de Cristo range of southern Colorado. Located about 30 miles from Alamosa, the Park is one of the most frequently visited natural areas in the U.S. and is a major economic force in this otherwise high-poverty rural area. This position will support rangers and other volunteers in a variety of duties focused on education, interpretive programs and visitor services. The volunteer will create and present curriculum-based education for students to learn about the natural and cultural history of Great Sand Dunes and the surrounding area, including talks, guided hikes and participate special events. The volunteer will also work at the visitor center, which welcomes 500,000 visitors on an annual basis. Volunteers play an integral part in the Park's effort to expand programs, special events and education for students and other visitors. The volunteer will enjoy park tours and off-site field trips to broaden their knowledge and enhance their experience, along with varied opportunities to present scientific research and information to widely diverse visitors.
While most hours will be scheduled during the week, the volunteer should be flexible to help with evening and weekend activities as needed.
Knowledge and Skills Required