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MAY 2002

Point Reyes National Seashore Accepting Applications

for Visitor Service Volunteers for 2002

Point Reyes National Seashore is currently accepting applications for Visitor Service Volunteers or VIP's (Volunteers-in-Parks) for summer of 2002. Visitor Service VIP's represent Point Reyes National Seashore and the National Park Service by staffing the park's visitor centers and roving along park trails and beaches. Volunteers orient, provide information, and educate visitors about the natural, cultural and historical features of the park.

Benefits to the VIP's include working in a beautiful park setting; experiencing and learning about Point Reyes National Seashore; receiving training from park managers about the park's resources; opportunity to present talks, walks, and tours and to certify in CPR and first aid; and satisfaction in serving and educating a variety of park visitors and helping to protect sensitive cultural and natural resources of national significance. VIP's also receive a discount (25% off non-member price) on Point Reyes Field Seminars.

Ability to communicate with a variety of people and work independently, desire to help and educate visitors, and enthusiasm are essential. Time commitment is a minimum of 16 hours per month for 6 months.

Visitor Service VIP's will work in any of three visitor centers alongside park rangers. These locations include the Bear Valley Visitor Center at the park's headquarters, the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach, and the Lighthouse Visitor Center on the Point Reyes peninsula. At these locations, VIP's welcome and orient visitors to the park; provide park information in person and over the phone; educate visitors about the park's natural, historical and cultural resources and rules; and operate a cash register for merchandise sales.

Visitor Service VIP's will also independently walk and hike the park's trails, trailheads and beach areas for the purpose of contacting visitors while providing information and education about the park's natural, cultural and historical resources and rules.

The work performed by Visitor Service VIP's will allow park rangers to present additional school and public programs as well as work on and complete non-personal interpretive services, such as creating new waysides, site bulletins, and web pages. VIP assistance will also expand National Park Service presence and outreach to visitors throughout more areas of the park.

Point Reyes National Seashore is located one hour north of San Francisco on the Marin coast and encompasses over 71,000 acres, including 32,000 acres of wilderness area. Over 2.5 million people visit the park annually. Estuaries, windswept beaches, coastal grasslands, salt marshes, and coniferous forests create a haven of 80 miles of unspoiled and undeveloped coastline. Abundant recreational opportunities include 147 miles of hiking trails, backcountry campgrounds, and numerous beaches.

 

 

 

 

 

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The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

 

Experience Your America

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

 

 

 

Experience Your America

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

 

 

 

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