Job Overview


Experience your America by building a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired, the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

The Seasonal Recruitment Operations Center is currently accepting applications to fill up to 6 temporary positions at Wind Cave National Park.  Appointments made under this announcement are limited to 1039 hours (six months) in a service year and may be terminated at any time.  Appointments under this announcement are eligible for extension if workload and funding allow.  Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years.  Anticipated Entry on Duty: May, 2014

AREA INFORMATION: Wind Cave National Park is located in the southern Black Hills of southwest South Dakota. Climate extremes range from sub-zero temperatures during winter to over 100 degrees during summer.  Medical and dental services, schools K-12, shopping, and churches of most faiths are available in Hot Springs (12 miles) and Custer (20 miles). Housing for rent or purchase is available in Hot Springs and Custer.

This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. 

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. 



MAJOR DUTIES:  Duties include preparing and presenting interpretive programs (cave tours, environmental education programs, guided hikes, and interpretive talks), providing information and informal interpretation at the visitor center desk and at other park locations, and fee collection duties (collecting fees for cave tours, selling Annual Passes and Senior Passes, distributing Access Passes, completing shift reports, and securing funds). Other duties may include responding to written or telephone information requests and assisting with interpretive and environmental education projects.  Other duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Standing for long periods of time, walking for distances up to six miles daily, climbing and descending steep inclines, bending, and lifting moderately heavy items in a repetitive motion is required.  Mental stress and physical fatigue occur due to high volume of personal contacts, occasional emergency responses, and repetitive nature of interpretive programs.  Extreme physical exertion may be required while performing search and rescue, wildland fire fighting and other emergency response duties.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work is performed indoors at the visitors center as well as in outdoor areas resulting in exposure to extreme temperatures, rain, snow, wind and direct sunlight.