Requirements for New DIA Ambassadors

DIA Ambassaor Marilyn welcomed folks back in 2011.
DIA Ambassaor Marilyn welcomed folks back in 2011. bradleypjohnson at Flickr
“If you love aviation, airports, and people,” offers a recent announcement from Denver International Airport, then golly boy howdy does the airport have an idea for you. Why not be part of its Ambassador program, “in which volunteers welcome and assist passengers with wayfinding, security, and other airport information.”

They make it sound so sexy, don’t they? Mmm…wayfinding.

If you’re interested, you can email [email protected] by September 6, but keep in mind that there's more to being a DIA Ambassador than just a passion for the world of aeronautics. Here are a few things that the announcement doesn't mention.

1. Must not require mundane details like financial recompense.
Volunteers will receive a “special uniform” and “receive complimentary employee parking,” but only while on the job. Aaaaand…that’s pretty much it. So they’re not kidding about participants needing to have a serious love for aviation and airports. Sure, other volunteer positions have more perks — at Coors Field you can enjoy the game, and at the museums you can see the exhibits. At the airport, you can…ride the moving sidewalks? Enjoy the artificially inflated price of a snack pretzel? Yes, all that, and more...with your special uniform.

2. Must love dealing with people during high stress.
There’s a reason most people hate going to the airport, even if they love the travel itself — because it’s sort of hell. The airport is a necessary evil for most people. They just want to find their gate, their bags, or maybe a bathroom before they move to their next task in a long list of tasks to get where they’re going. And that’s when things are going smoothly. If there’s a snag in the system, woe be to everyone involved.

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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
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