Alamosa, Colorado

Education and Interpretive Services Associate

Great Sand Dunes National Park -- Alamosa, Colorado

1- or 2-year term
Ages 20+
Mennonite Voluntary Service



Position Not Currently Available

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.

Major Duties

  • Support the Education Program: Present curriculum-based programs at the park and through distance learning. Volunteers may lead groups of students on a hike and/or through hands-on activities. Other duties include the set-up, clean-up, and general maintenance of program equipment.
  • Support interpretive services: Research, develop, and present formal thematic interpretive programs including porch talks and afternoon programs.
  • Support visitor services at the visitor center and other areas throughout the park: Provide accurate, up-to-date orientation, information and informal interpretation in a friendly and courteous manner; communicate park rules and regulations. Maintain the visitor center, record activities and enable daily operations through office tasks.
  • Represent the NPS through appropriate contacts as a uniformed NPS volunteer, assisting visitors in planning their visit by answering questions in person and by phone.


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

  • Experience working with children/youth, especially culturally diverse students
  • Interest in environmental science and cultural history
  • Desire to work outdoors with varied groups
  • Customer service experience preferred
  • Hardworking, enthusiastic individual
  • Background check required
  • Wear park uniform shirt and hat while on duty
  • Ability to hike up to 2 miles, stand for extended periods, work outside in cold and hot conditions, lift and carry up to 30 lbs
  • Willingness to commute from Alamosa to the Park for volunteer duties


 Program info



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