Supervisor: Lisa Dittman Supervisory Park Ranger
California Trail Interpretive Center (Trail Center) is located 8 miles west of Elko, Nevada, just off I80. The Trail Center is administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Elko District Office. Work will be performed inside the Trail Center, on the center grounds, and at various locations in the region including on some remote and rugged California Trail segments. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in historic interpretation and all aspects of Interpretive/Visitor Center operations.
The mission of the California Trail Center is to interpret the California Trail experience, its related themes, and provide educational and cultural enrichment to the general public. Through interpretation the Trail Center will contribute to the appreciation and preservation of historic and cultural sites and, by forging strong community partnerships, enhance sustainable tourism in the region.
This position is seeking young persons interested in gaining professional development and experience in visitor outreach,interpretation, and public history.
This is a 900-hour (6-month) position, minimum of 40 hours per week, with the possibility of extensions in 900-hour (6-month) increments. The position opens the fall of 2013.
Number of Positions: One (1)
· Monitor/station the front informational desk at the center, and provide information about the center to visitors and callers;
· Present formal and informal interpretative programs;
· Present costumed interpretation both in third and first person;
· Facilitate environmental and historic curriculum-based education programs, and develop additional educational programs;
· Assist in graphic design and informational material development (brochures, bulletins, etc); and
· Coordinate site visits with educators and tour groups.
· Assist in exhibit and grounds maintenance;
· Assist with creation of standard operating procedures;
· Coordinate volunteer events and trainings
· Assist with fundraising operations through the Trail Center book store and potential grant applications.
· Assist with event planning
· Participate in host site meetings and trainings when appropriate;
· Serve as a positive ambassador for the Trail Center, Great Basin Institute (GBI), and AmeriCorps; and
· Collect and report performance measurement data for The Trail Center and GBI.
· Must be between ages of 17-25 for entire contract;
· Knowledge or interest in American history;
· Knowledge of American pioneer-era skills and crafts;