Topic ID #26653 - posted 1/30/2013 2:24 AM

Rocky Mountain Historic Homestead Interpretation Volunteer - Rocky Mountain NP, CO



Jennifer Palmer

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Position     Rocky Mountain Historic Homestead Interpretation
Rocky Mountain National Park
Address     16018 U.S. Highway 34 Grand Lake, CO 80447
Contact     Lindsey Prell lindsey_prell@nps.gov 970-586-1330
Dates     6/3/2013--9/2/2013    
Activities
• Historical Preservation
• Tour Guide/Interpretation
• Visitor Information
Record Date    1/29/2013
Suitable For     Adults,Seniors
Difficulty Level     Average

Opportunity Description:

At Rocky Mountain National Park, 14,000 foot glacially-sculpted peaks rise above verdant valleys, twisting rivers, and glistening lakes. You will work on the west side of the park at the Holzwarth Historic Site in the lush Kawuneeche Valley, birthplace of the Colorado River. Located on the banks of the Colorado, the ranch was originally homesteaded by German immigrants in 1917. They soon expanded ranch operations to include providing services to paying customers at the “Holzwarth Trout Lodge.” Today, most of the structures of this 1920’s-era dude ranch are preserved, many with original furnishings.

Rocky Mountain NP and its surroundings offer outstanding opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation activities including hiking, camping, backpacking, wildlife viewing, and fishing. Average summer nighttime temperatures are in the 30s and 40s, daytime highs average 70s with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. It can often be cool and damp and snow can occur during any month of the year.

Duties:

Step into the Old West and help visitors glimpse a world where homesteaders relied on ingenuity, perseverance, and hospitality to realize their American Dream of making a home in the challenging, but spectacular, Rocky Mountain environment. Each volunteer staffs the Holzwarth Historic Site at least two days/week to provide information to park visitors, including conducting short tours through one of the main cabins. Volunteers may round out their work week with a variety of other duties such as hiking park trails to provide visitor information, staffing the visitor center, or assisting with maintenance projects. Minimum time commitment is 32 hrs/week per person. (This may be closer to 40 hrs/week during the initial 2-week training period.)

Volunteers must be available to work June 3 through Labor Day (September 2), 2013.

Volunteers are required to wear a volunteer uniform according to park and National Park Service standards.

Housing:

The west side of the park has a few sites with full hookups for RVers who volunteer. We also have at least one rustic, historic cabin that can house volunteers still available for 2013. The cabins contain two small bedrooms, a living room/dining area, a small bathroom, and a tiny kitchen. There is indoor plumbing, including a shower in the bathroom. Heat is provided by a woodstove (split wood provided by the park) and/or space heaters. Pets are not allowed in the historic cabins. The cabin is shared housing – either by one couple where both people work or by unrelated volunteers who share the cabin. Living in a rustic cabin isn’t for everyone – no internet or TV connections, no on-site laundry facilities, and limited phone service. Park radios are always available at the historic site for use in case of emergency. Note: Prior to 2007, a small colony of bats routinely made its summer home in the exterior walls of one cabin. There is no evidence that the bats ever entered the interior, and the volunteer residents during those years were undisturbed by the presence of the bats. The state department of health did not raise concerns about the safety of cabin residents so long as the bats were only using the exterior of the cabin. However, park management felt it prudent to exclude the bats from the cabin walls. Consequently, the cabin is wrapped with a wire netting to prevent bat entry into the exterior log walls.

Note: Prior to 2007, a small colony of bats routinely made its summer home in the exterior walls of one of the residential cabins. There is no evidence that the bats ever entered the interior, and the volunteer residents during those years were undisturbed by the presence of the bats. The state department of health did not raise concerns about the safety of cabin residents so long as the bats were only using the exterior of the cabin. However, park management felt it prudent to exclude the bats from the cabin. The cabin is now wrapped with wire mesh, to prevent bat entry into the exterior log walls.

Training:

New volunteers take part in two full weeks of mandatory training, June 3-14, 2013. Topics covered include safety, park resources, standard operating procedures, and interpretive techniques. Volunteers receive the same level of training in interpretive techniques and standards as NPS staff and are encouraged to incorporate these principles into their work at Holzwarth Historic Site.

Required Skills and Abilities:

The ability to work well with people, including park visitors, staff, and a cadre of volunteers is crucial. Rocky Mountain National Park has a large volunteer staff and you will be working closely with many fellow VIPs. We are looking for positive, upbeat team members who enjoy working closely with others in a collaborative environment. Other required skills are reliability, flexibility, and comfort and ability talking with visitors in both an informal setting as well as leading short formal tours.

Physically, you must have the ability to work and live at high elevation (9000’ and higher). Though heavy physical labor and long-distance hiking are not required, most of the workday is spent on your feet and this can be fatiguing. We encourage you to consult with your physician about spending a summer at high altitude before you commit to a position.

Selection:

For in-depth information, contact Michele Simmons, Colorado River District Interpreter, 970-586-1518 or Michele_Simmons@nps.gov

Housing Availability:

Available
  • Housing Type:
Cabins
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