Interpretive Services Volunteer
ADDRESS: Fort Bowie National Historic Site; 3500 South Apache Pass Road; Bowie, Arizona 85605
DEPT: National Park Service
DATES: 10/2/2022 – 4/15/2023
Join the team at Fort Bowie National Historic Site! We are currently seeking motivated volunteers that want to be a part of a great team serving visitors at a beautiful and historic park. Fort Bowie is located within the Chiricahua Mountains. The site has a rich and complex history, and the NPS actively preserves the ruins of the fort as well as other cultural resources within the site.
Fort Bowie is excited to recruit volunteers for 2022/23. Visitor Services Volunteers support the interpretive operations at the park by engaging with visitors and helping visitors to connect with the park and its resources. This position will be duty stationed at Fort Bowie NHS but the volunteer will also support operations at Chiricahua NM.
Volunteer work will be completed both indoors and outdoors. Training and orientation will be provided. This position may require long periods of standing, as well as walking or hiking. A minimum of 32 hours per week is required; a work week includes 8 hour shifts, 4 days a week.
Volunteers live in the park. RV sites are located near our administrative and maintenance buildings, 850 yards from the visitor center. RV spaces can accommodate trailers or motorhomes up to 32 feet. Full hook-ups are available (electricity, water, and sewage). Cell coverage and laundry services are available in the park.
Volunteers will be required to operate a government vehicle. A valid driver’s license is required for this position. Volunteers are required to wear a uniform.
When filling out your application, please indicate if you have a completed federal background investigation and a PIV card.
To learn more about Fort Bowie NHS, visit www.nps.gov/fobo
To learn more about Chiricahua NM, visit www.nps.gov/chir
This position is ideal for anyone looking to be part of an energetic team and to be engaged in a variety of operations!
Volunteers will work in the park visitor center, rove the park, greet and welcome visitors, answer questions, and provide orientation about the park and area. In addition, volunteers assist our cooperating association with bookstore sales, operate a cash register, and answer phone calls. Volunteers may assist with park special events.
Additionally, project work will be assigned. Project work could include research, content development for social media and park websites, and office and clerical support. There may also be an opportunity to get involved in historic preservation projects.
All work will be completed in accordance with park safety protocols to ensure a safe work environment for staff, and to ensure a safe visitor experience for the public.
Excellent oral communication skills and interpersonal skills
Research and organization skills
Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to work in a team dynamic
Retail sales experience helpful, but not required
Familiarity with park policies, rules, regulations, (Training will be provided)
Comfortable walking or hiking up to 3 miles at an elevation of 5,000 feet.
Working with People
Fort Bowie is uniquely designed as a hike-in site. Situated within the Chiricahua Mountains, the fort and visitor center is accessed via a 3 mile round trip hike. We like to tell people that getting to Fort Bowie is half the adventure!
Fort Bowie NHS is in a remote area of Southeastern Arizona. Limited services are available in Bowie AZ, located 13 miles north of the park. The nearest grocery store, medical care, and other services are located in Willcox AZ, 35 miles to the west. More services and amenities are available in Tucson AZ, approximately 120 miles to the west. Volunteers will need a reliable mode of transportation while working at the park.
Chiricahua NM is approximately 25 miles from Fort Bowie. Volunteers will use a government vehicle when traveling to the park for volunteer duties.
Local points of interest include Coronado National Memorial, Tombstone, and Bisbee.
Slip, trip, and fall hazards
BACKGROUND/REFERENCE CHECK REQUIRED