Working cooperatively with the National Park Service’s Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting to hire two (2) Social 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:

  • Exploring and validating social media as a valuable tool for additional outreach and stewardship development;
  • Developing social media platforms in conjunction with Park staff, including but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and You Tube;
  • Collecting and analyzing data from online contacts and outreach to help understand trends and offer solutions to possible outreach scenarios that create more online, “virtual” park stewards;
  • Supporting development of podcasts to augment the Park’s (and surrounding areas) visibility to the widest audience. This will include analysis of Park trends, as well as national online trends, and using this research to target specific media outlets at specific times; and
  • Video editing and production for social media purposes.


The Technicians will serve as a liaison between other Park Divisions and the Branch of Media 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.


Compensation & Timeline:

  • Rate of Pay: $21.00/hour
  • Start date: July/August 2015, or upon availability and completion of DOI Background Investigation
  • Length of Appointment: one 12-month and one 6-month position will be hired
  • Benefits:
    • For 12-month: Affordable Care Act-compliant health benefits (medical, dental, vision), paid vacation and sick leave, 401(k) retirement plan.
    • For 6-month: paid medical and dental benefits, paid personal leave.
  • Full time, 40 hours/week (some weekend work may be required); potential for extension pending funding and favorable performance review.


Joshua Tree National Park is located in southern California, just off I-10, and is a 2- to 3-hour drive from Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Aside from the outdoor recreation opportunities and natural wonders within the park, Death Valley and Grand Canyon National Parks, the Mojave Preserve, as well as Lake Mead and Spring Mountains National Recreation Areas are nearby and afford a diversity of outdoor activities ranging from hiking, mountain biking and rock hounding to fishing, boating and skiing/snowboarding.


  • 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;
  • Experience in video editing and production for social media purposes, desirable;
  • Knowledge of guiding principles of recreation, cultural or natural resource management, desirable;
  • Experience providing visitor services, environmental education, outreach and/or interpretation;
  • Experience collecting field data and/or following established data collection protocols;
  • 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 goals and mission of the NPS and GBI;
  • Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
  • Ability to work in harsh and rapidly changing environments, in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and be in overall good physical condition; prior experience working in the desert southwest, or similar desert climates, desirable.
  • Successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) prior to beginning position. Applicants that possess a favorably adjudicated BI should make that clear in your cover letter.

How to Apply:

Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, including where they found the posting, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to Amy Gladding, GBI HR Coordinator, at Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone inquiries, please.

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