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13 Feb 2020

Other Outdoor Visitor Services Associate at Manzanar National Historic Site

Great Basin Institute – Posted by Recrutiment California, United States

Job Description

The Great Basin Institute seeks to hire a Research Associate (RA) to enhance Visitor Services at Manzanar National Historic Site (MNHS). The RA will support the interpretation and preservation of the Manzanar’s stories and resources and, among other duties, will:

• Expand visitor services and enhance interpretive opportunities by staffing the visitor center desk;
• Provide orientation, information, and explanation to visitors about Manzanar’s historic context, interpretive themes, cultural and natural resources, management, and visitor opportunities;
• Using previously prepared research and documentation, lead guided walks, present talks, and answer questions on subjects related to the site and its stories. The RA will initiate informal interpretive contacts throughout the site;
• Provide project support to address deferred/cyclic maintenance of interpretive exhibits/media;
• Increase accessibility of interpretive media and services for all visitors by supporting projects including Audio Description of the visitor center (8,000 sf exhibit space), mess hall (4,000 sf) and Dust to Diplomas: Creating Schools in Manzanar (1,000 sf);
• Provide support for NPS staff through research and development of a FLREA-funded Manzanar Park App to benefit actual and virtual visitors;
• Digitize historic resources, such as scanning loaned or donated archives and photographs representing all eras of Manzanar’s history;
• Increase outreach to students and groups by helping to update the site’s interpretive program reservation system; and
• Highlight the successes of these projects, including deferred/cyclic maintenance benefits, FLREA project accomplishments, as well as services and programs provided by the NPS and its partners at Manzanar.

This position will have intense and extensive public contact responsibilities. Passion for history and compassion for people is essential.


• Rate of Pay: $15.00/hour
• Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute.
• Housing is NOT provided. To the extent possible, the NPS will assist in identifying potential housing options. There are limited rental opportunities in nearby communities. Lone Pine, CA is 9 miles south and has limited rental opportunities ranging from mobile homes to single unit homes. Independence, CA is located 6 miles north of the site. It is a smaller community than Lone Pine but usually has rentals available. On average, Research Associates have paid $600 to $700 per month for housing, less if they are able to find a shared housing situation.


• 25 week appointment beginning in late March/early April 2020, or upon completion of a Department of Interior background investigation;
• Potential for an extension, pending available funding and positive performance review;
• Full time, 40 hours per week; weekend and holiday work will be required.


Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps at which Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were incarcerated during World War II. The 814-acre site is rich in a layered history of indigenous people, early pioneers, townspeople, and incarcerated Japanese Americans.

Manzanar National Historic Site is 225 miles north of Los Angeles, CA ; 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NV; and 245 miles south of Reno, NV. The area is commonly referred to as the Owens Valley and the region as the Eastern Sierra. Manzanar is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada (west) and Inyo Mountains (east). Mt. Whitney trailhead is within 20 miles of the site and Mt. Williamson (the second highest peak in the Sierra) is immediately west of the site. The site’s administrative offices and visitor center are located in a rehabilitated historic auditorium constructed in 1944. Summer temperatures can be extreme (100+ F) and winter temperatures can fall below freezing (32- F) at times. Wind and dust storms are common depending on the season.

There are limited grocery stores, gas stations, schools, places of worship, etc., in Lone Pine, Independence, and Big Pine, CA. There is a small community hospital and clinic in Lone Pine. Major shopping, a movie theater, and other amenities are located in Bishop, CA (45 miles north) and Ridgecrest, CA (85 miles south).

Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound as the site is surrounded by Death Valley National Park, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, and the peaks of the majestic Sierra Nevada.


• Skills, experience, and/or coursework related to history, public history, interpretation, education, social and audio visual media;
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be comfortable talking with former incarcerees, their families, and others. The site can provoke unpredictable emotions, so the ability to adjust to emotional and complex situations is important. The person best-suited for this position will likely be someone who thrives in dealing with the public;
• Ability to work with minimal supervision;
• Organizational skills to effectively plan and complete assigned workload within defined timelines;
• Ability to effectively communicate with a diverse audience including co-workers, members of the pubic, and NPS personnel;
• Ability to work collaboratively, productively, and consistently as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals;
• Intermediate or higher skills using Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel, with ability to manually enter, manage, manipulate and graphically display data;
• Flexibility to handle competing and changing priorities with a positive attitude;
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license;
• Ability to complete activities including prolonged periods of deskwork, lifting and moving of heavy items up to 50 pounds, and regularly walking around the site in all types of weather.

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.

How to Apply

Please follow the link to apply directly through our online portal: We conform to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information & Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We prohibit Retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint or otherwise oppose discrimination.

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Other Outdoor. Job Tags: #education, california, Cultural Resources, interpretation, National Park Service, parks, and Public Speaking.

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