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Bus Ambassador (Joshua Tree National Park)
Job Code:2019-RAP-014
Location:Twentynine Palms
Program:Research Associate Program
Contract Length:2 Months

Job Description:
Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting to hire Bus Ambassadors to work with the interpretation and visitor services staff and engage the public in shared environmental education and stewardship objectives. During the winter and spring of 2018-2019, JOTR will be piloting a shuttle service, the RoadRunner Shuttle bus. This service will run throughout the day in various parts of the Park. The Ambassadors will help visitors and staff to have a safe and more convenient ride as they utilize the RoadRunner Shuttle Bus Transportation System in the park. More specifically, the Bus Ambassadors will:

- Act as safety ambassadors on the shuttle bus system, to provide visitors with safety information about the park;
- Address questions and concerns visitors might have about their visit to JOTR;
- Provide general information about Joshua Tree National Park;
- Inform visitors about how to use the shuttle bus system before entering the park; 
- Provide additional information on boarding, exiting, and returning to their vehicles; and Provide information regarding transit times and bus connection schedules. 

This position offers experience working with NPS professionals on public lands and will aid in preparation for a career in visitor services and communication. Those seeking workforce development experiences for the purpose of public benefit should apply.

Contract Timeline:
Two month appointments beginning February 27 - April 30, 2019;
20-40 hours per week depending upon bus schedules;
Weekend and holiday work required.
Bus Ambassadors will work one of two schedule either;
Friday – Monday or

Joshua Tree National Park encompasses nearly 800,000 acres in southern California, 2- to 3-hour drive from Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Joshua Tree National Park is of special management concern, lying in the transition of the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert. Aside from the outdoor recreation opportunities and natural wonders within the park, Death Valley and Grand Canyon National Parks, the Mojave Preserve, as well as Lake Mead and Spring Mountains National Recreation Areas are nearby and afford a diversity of outdoor activities ranging from hiking, mountain biking and rock hounding to fishing, boating and skiing/snowboarding.

Compensation and Benefits:
Rate of pay: $15/hour

Job Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in education or related coursework and commensurate field experience, desired but not required;
- Experience providing visitor services, environmental education, outreach and/or interpretation;
- Proven ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience including NPS and GBI staff, partner organizations, and the public;
- Ability to speak English and Spanish conversationally, desirable but not required;
- Experience living or working in, and/or knowledge of Mojave Desert (preferable) or desert ecosystems and natural/cultural resources, desirable;
- Knowledge of guiding principles of recreation, cultural or natural resource management, desirable;
- Motivated, self-starter, detail oriented, and possess good organizational skills;
- Ability to work independently or cooperatively as part of a team focused on accomplishing goals and mission of the NPS and GBI;
- Capable of completing activities involving prolonged periods of standing, lifting and moving heavy items weighing 30 pounds or more, and regularly walking/driving between other offices/facilities;
- Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and be in overall good physical condition; prior experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates, desirable; and
- Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license;

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