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Weir Farm is seeking park ranger applicants

The Weir house and studios and Weir Farm National Historic Site on the Ridgefield-Wilton border.

The National Park Service is looking to hire a park ranger for Weir Farm National Historic Site.

Deadline for applications is January 11.

“Park Ranger interpreters connect people to parks,” said Cassie Werne, chief of interpretation and education at Weir Farm. “They play a key role in ensuring that visitors have a meaningful, satisfying, and safe park experience, help visitors decide how to spend their time in the park, and inform them about the wonders that await their discovery.

“At Weir Farm National Historic Site, park ranger interpreters provide quality visitor service as the park’s front-line representative. They research, develop, and present a variety of formal interpretive and education programs (such as interpretive talks, guided walks, conducted activities, and curriculum-based programs) both on and off park property to diverse audiences, including minority and underserved students in urban areas.”

Park rangers assist with the daily operation of a visitor center, museum store, and other visitor facilities (such as parking areas, restrooms, and classroom/workshop spaces). They use computers, computer programs, audio-visual equipment, and office equipment to perform work including maintaining the park’s website and social media accounts as well as designing park publications.

“Park Rangers use basic knowledge of 19th century American Art, including the Connecticut Impressionist Movement, to stimulate visitors’ interest and appreciation,” Ms. Werne said. “They also educate visitors regarding rules, regulations, and safety concerns to gain compliance.”’

The job, a year-round, part-time position that is required to work all weekends, pays $16.54  per hour. Work would start in April.

Apply for the position at www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/332755300.

For more information about being a park ranger at Weir Farm National Historic Site,  contact Ms Werne, at (203) 834-1896 x13 or cassie_werne@nps.gov.

For questions regarding the application process,   contact the Seasonal Recruitment Operations Center at (877) 554-4550 or srochiring@nps.gov.

Weir Farm National Historic Site, the only National Park Service site dedicated to American painting, was home to three generations of American artists including Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism. Today, the 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art.

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