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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

POSITION INFORMATION: Position Information: This is a permanent, full-time position, subject-to-furlough (career-seasonal). Career-seasonal positions do not provide for employment on a year-round basis.  You may work a minimum of 26 weeks (13 pay periods) but generally not more than 48 weeks (24 pay periods) a year. Actual work schedule and period of non-pay is contingent upon operational needs and/or weather conditions.


Incumbent serves as a Park Guide for the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites located in Hyde Park, NY.  The position is headquartered at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt NHS, but will be required to perform duties at all park sites located within the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS.

Independently develops and presents details and specific interpretation and explanation of park features from the standpoint of historical and scientific interest, the background events, personalities and circumstances.  Presents a variety of interpretive programs including talks, education programs, hikes, and guided tours.  Provides current and accurate information to visitors concerning the National Park Service and surrounding areas of interest.  Explains the area's natural, cultural and/or historic resources, recreational opportunities, and hiking trails.  Provides public orientation and explanations of current park events, resource management projects, management policies and legislative  updates on issues affecting the natural, historical and/or cultural preservation of the area.

Incumbent may spend up to 20% of time collecting fees at park visitor centers.  Operates cash register, performs opening and closing shift functions of visitor center, issues entrance receipts, park passes and Federal recreation passports.  Completes shift reports on money collected, passes issued, accountable stock and all machine transactions  Safeguards funds collected and personal accountable stock.

Incumbent may be required to staff a number of fixed positions located throughout the various park sites to assist visitors in reaching their destinations, and to ensure safety for the visiting public.  Communicates with supervisor and co-workers to keep them informed of important developments. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requires standing for long periods of time, walking for long distances, climbing and descending steep inclines, bending, and lifting moderately heavy items.  Mental stress and physical fatigue occur due to high volume of personal contacts, occasional emergency responses, and repetitive nature of interpretive programs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors resulting in exposure to a variety of weather conditions.

AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION: Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites consist of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt NHS, Eleanor Roosevelt NHS, and Vanderbilt Mansion NHS.  All are located in the town of Hyde Park, NY.  Hyde Park is approximately 90 miles north of New York City and 60 miles south of Albany.  The yearly visitation of the three sites combined is around 600,000.  Shopping centers, medical facilities, restaurants, and rental properties are all in the Hyde Park area.  There is no government housing available.  Housing cost is considered moderate to high.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No