Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting to hire two Digital Media Technicians. The overarching objective of this position is to assist with public land management as it relates to recreation and visitor services. More specifically, the Technicians will aid in a variety of public support activities including, but not limited to:
• Developing social media platforms, including but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube;
• Writing digital content for social media and website;
• Collecting and analyzing data from online outreach to help understand trends and increase the reach to online, “virtual” park stewards;
• Taking photos and videos using park camera equipment to support park media products;
• Assist park communications team with printed and digital media such as park brochures, flyers, and web pages.
The Technicians will serve as liaisons between other park divisions and the Branch of Communications within the park network and will be exposed to and support a variety of other interpretation and outreach activities. This position offers experience working with NPS professionals on public lands and will aid in preparation for a career in public lands recreation management through outreach strategies. Those seeking workforce development experiences for the purpose of public benefit through social media innovation should apply.
Photo: Alessandra Puig-Santana, GBI, NPS/JOTR
• 26 week appointment beginning June/July or October/November 2021, or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation;
• 40 hours per week; weekend, holiday, and occasional overtime work is required.
Joshua Tree National Park encompasses nearly 800,000 acres in southern California, 2- to 3-hour drive from Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Joshua Tree National Park is of special management concern, lying in the transition of the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert. Joshua Tree is a fantastic national park for climbers, hikers, and photographers. Aside from the outdoor recreation opportunities and natural wonders within the park, the nearby areas afford a diversity of outdoor activities ranging from hiking, mountain biking and rock hounding to fishing, boating and skiing/snowboarding. Joshua Tree National Park is within driving distance to Death Valley, Grand Canyon, the Mojave National Preserve, and Lake Mead.
Compensation and Benefits:
• Rate of pay: $21/hour
• Health, Dental and Vision Insurance, completely paid for at no cost to you
• Paid leave accumulation and holidays
• Coursework and/or demonstrable experience utilizing social media platforms and/or website development tools in an official capacity; developing and/or implementing outreach strategies or visitor services activities; or equivalent experience;
• Knowledge of guiding principles of recreation, cultural or natural resource management, desirable;
• Experience providing visitor services, environmental education, outreach and/or interpretation;
• Proven ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience including NPS and GBI staff, partner organizations, and the public;
• Motivated, self-starter, detail oriented, and possess good organizational skills;
• Ability to work independently or cooperatively as part of a team focused on accomplishing the goals and mission of the NPS and GBI;
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license.
• Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and be able to hike up to 5 miles, uphill with a 25lb pack; prior experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates, desirable.
• Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.