Live near Grand Teton National Park and looking for a fun way to spend the summer? Park officials for the fourth year are recruiting for volunteers interested in serving as ambassadors for the multi-use pathway that extends from Dornan's in the Moose area to South Jenny Lake.
Volunteer ambassadors will patrol the 8-mile-long paved pathway on foot, bicycle, or roller blades to meet and greet other pathway users, provide emergency assistance in the event of an accident, injury, or equipment malfunction, and inform people of special rules. Volunteers will also patrol the 6.5-mile pathway segment from Moose to the Gros Ventre River after it opens in early summer.
Volunteers who choose to become a Grand Teton pathway ambassador will join a team of park employees who are trained to educate people about how to safely and responsibly enjoy the pathway system. Through a gentle informal approach, volunteer ambassadors will also provide information regarding protection of park wildlife and other resources. In addition, volunteers will serve as good Samaritans, assisting anyone who may require first aid or need a minor bike repair. Ambassadors will also tally visitor statistics for documentation of pathway use.
While in volunteer status on the pathway, official ambassadors will wear a National Park Service jersey, vest, or other recognizable and authorized clothing. These appropriate clothing items will be supplied by Grand Teton National Park.
A pathway ambassador orientation and training session will be arranged for those interested in the program. To learn more about this opportunity or sign up as a participant, contact Sara Petsch, volunteer coordinator at 307-739-3397.
NOTE: The automated self-serve machine adjacent to the Moose Entrance Station will be in operation again this summer. People traveling on the paved pathways by foot, bike, or rollerblade will be required to stop and pay $12 for a 7-day entry permit, or have in possession a previously purchased pass. Pathway users should carry an ID along with their park pass because personal identification is needed for any pass that requires a signature.