Grand Canyon Trip Leader: Summer Position Announcement

21502192578_0eaa027a8c_oParks in Focus® is a program of the Udall Foundation that provides opportunities for middle school youth from underserved communities to explore and learn about nature through photography, environmental education, outdoor recreation, and creative expression.

The Udall Foundation has partnered with Grand Canyon National Park to offer a unique summer experience for two highly motivated individuals who are interested in working with youth in the setting of our National Parks. The successful applicants will spend 12 weeks (May 23 to August 12) working as part-time trip leaders with the Parks in Focus® program and as education volunteers for Canyon Field Schools at Grand Canyon.

As part-time trip leaders, they will each work at least 300 paid hours leading 6-day Parks in Focus® camping trips at Grand Canyon for groups of middle school youth from Boys & Girls Clubs and other Arizona youth organizations. They will train with other Parks in Focus® staff; be provided with program curriculum and resources; and work closely with staff from the Udall Foundation, the National Park Service (NPS), and our partner youth organizations.

When not working for Parks in Focus®, they will serve as education volunteers for Canyon Field Schools where they will assist with several NPS education programs, including Grand Canyon Expeditions and Day Camp. They will be required to volunteer at least 200 hours on non-Parks in Focus® related activities throughout the summer. In return for their service, Grand Canyon will provide them with NPS staff housing for the duration of the position.

Positions will be jointly supervised by the Parks in Focus® program manager in Tucson and by NPS staff at Grand Canyon.


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Training & Program Preparation
• Attend Parks in Focus® staff training at Grand Canyon from May 23 to 27, 2016.
• Become familiar with Parks in Focus® mission, goals, curriculum, and resources.
• Shadow a seasoned trip leader on a 5-day Parks in Focus® trip in Flagstaff.

Program Implementation
• Co-lead at least two 6-day Parks in Focus® camping trips at Grand Canyon.
• Ensure activities run smoothly and safely.
• Teach photography curriculum and meet educational goals for each activity.
• Work with participants to develop their photography skills.
• Lead games, songs, journaling, and other activities with participants.
• Help energize and motivate participants and staff.
• Help with camp tasks including set up, meal preparation, and clean-up.
• Ensure activities are well documented through photo and video.
• Ensure all participant forms and evaluation data are gathered.

Program Reporting & Wrap-Up
• Provide scheduled updates and reports to the program manager in Tucson.
• Organize all photographs, video footage, evaluation data, and other deliverables.
• Prepare photo highlights DVDs for all participants, staff, and partners.
• Write and submit a brief final evaluation.

• Prepare and assist in a 6-day Grand Canyon Expedition backpacking trip.
• Assist with Day Camp activities for students ages 7 to 14.
• Provide logistical help for other Canyon Field Schools programs.
• Participate in regular meetings with NPS supervisor.

• Love of the outdoors and ability to spark that love in others.
• Experienced and comfortable with camping, hiking, and being outdoors.
• Experience working with youth in outdoor and overnight settings.
• Ability to assess and manage risks associated with outdoor activities.
• Interest in photography and willingness to learn and teach basic curriculum.
• Positive, upbeat attitude and ability to be flexible and adapt to changing demands.
• Strong writing, communication, teaching, leadership, and teamwork skills.
• A valid driver’s license and clean-driving record.
• Must have current First Aid and CPR certifications prior to start date.
• Wilderness First Aid certification highly desired.
• Must be a U.S. citizen.
• Must be willing to provide fingerprints for a criminal background check.

• $10/hour regular pay (anticipated 180 to 250 regular hours) for time spent working on Parks in Focus® activities
• $15/hour overtime pay (anticipated 80 to 120 overtime hours) for time spent working on Parks in Focus® activities
• Lodging provided by Grand Canyon in return for 200 hours of volunteer service
• National Park Pass earned upon completion of volunteer service
• Food provided during training and select program activities
• Macbook and DSLR digital camera to use for duration of internship
• College credit (if applicable)

Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant qualifications, a current resume, and contact information for two professional references via e-mail to:

Bret Muter, Parks in Focus® Program Manager
Udall Foundation • 130 S. Scott Ave., Tucson AZ 85701

Please note: Your cover letter must include the following statement: “I certify, upon penalty of perjury, that I have never been arrested for or charged with a crime involving a child, or that the explanation attached to this agreement, which includes a description of the disposition of the arrest or charge, is true and complete.”

5 p.m. (MST) on Wednesday, February 17, 2016



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