Visitor Services Specialist (seasonal)
Start Date: May 26, 2017
Hours: Approx. 24 hours per week for 15 weeks
Each year, more than a million visitors come to the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area. Help these visitors connect with opportunities to explore and learn about the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the Mississippi, at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in downtown Minneapolis. Assist in interpreting the river’s resources, help plan a visitor’s trip, and discuss how they can volunteer to care for the river.
- Serve as a front line representative of Mississippi Park Connection to greet and orient visitors. This involves providing visitors with accurate information about historic sites, trail conditions, special events, volunteer opportunities, and general visitor information such as parking and restroom location.
- Sell the interagency Annual Pass and Senior Pass
- Assist National Park Service rangers in staffing the observation deck. This involves answering the phone, greeting visitors that enter the deck, and explaining (as needed) the interpretive content that is printed on displays inside the observation deck
- Count the number of visitors coming to the lock and dam at specific times of the day
- Clean and organize the visitor reception area, as needed
Mississippi River Fellowships (3 positions, seasonal)
Start Date: June 12, 2017
Hours: Approx. 32 hours per week for 10 weeks
The Mississippi River Fellows will work directly with National Park Service and Wilderness Inquiry trail staff to help guide Mississippi River Day Trips. The fellows will be considered employees of Mississippi Park Connection but generally directed by National Park Service staff.
- Assisting with outdoor education programs on and along the Mississippi River.
- Teaching participants about the natural, historic and cultural resources of the Mississippi River.
- Performing various other duties as part of the park’s education and interpretation team.
Successful applicants will be trained on canoe skills and water safety. No prior canoe skills needed, though an interest and desire to learn how to paddle and steer a canoe is required. The ability to swim is desired but not mandatory.