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PARK INTERPRETER II

Date:  Jun 12, 2022
Req ID:  17305
Location: 

Washington, AR, US, 71862

Category:  DEPT OF PARKS AND TOURISM
Anticipated Starting Salary:  $37,000

PARK INTERPRETER II

Position #:     22092604

Salary:           $37,000        

Grade:           GS06

Requisition:    17305

Location:       Historic Washington State Park, Washington, AR

 

Closing date:  07/08/2022

 

This position oversees planning, coordination, direction and presentation of interpretive educational programs, interpretive media, exhibits and special events for park visitors, schools, civic groups, and private organizations in a major historical living history village setting. Must have working knowledge of implementing programs in the areas of architectural and cultural history as it relates to the nineteenth century history of Arkansas in general and a town such as historic Washington, Arkansas, in particular. This position directly supervises 5-7-part time interpretive guides and coordinates the large volunteer program at park. This position should be familiar with interpretive planning techniques and the operations toward achieving the goals of an interpretive plan such as the one at Historic Washington.  This position works with the park promotions coordinator and interpretive staff in planning and executing special group tours and educational programs. This position oversees the proper continued training of tour staff and volunteers within the interpretive department.

 

This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance, and retirement pension.  Housing and utilities are provided.

 

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications:  The formal educational equivalent of a bachelor's degree in natural science, communications, parks and recreation management, or a related field; plus, one year of experience in interpretation, program development, or a related field. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.  

 

Preferred Qualifications: The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in folklore history, art, general business or a related field; plus two years of experience in interpretative delivery, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity.

Preferred Certificates, Licenses, Registrations : Must be certified through the National Association of Interpretation as a Heritage Interpreter, Interpretive Manager, Interpretive Planner, or Interpretive Trainer.

 

We are an EOE/ADA/AA employer.  Minorities and women encouraged to apply.

                  

Applications accepted online ONLY:  www.arcareers.arkansas.gov             


The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism has three major divisions: Arkansas State Parks, Arkansas Heritage and Arkansas Tourism. Arkansas State Parks manages 52 state parks and promotes Arkansas as a tourist destination for people around the country. Arkansas Heritage preserves and promotes Arkansas’s natural and cultural history and heritage through four historic museums and four cultural preservation agencies. Arkansas Tourism improves the state’s economy by generating travel and enhancing the image of the state.

Position Information

Class Code: P028C

Grade: GS06

FLSA Status: NON-EXEMPT

Salary Range: $36,155.00 - $52,425.00

Summary

The Park Interpreter II is responsible for the research, development, and presentation of programs designed to explain and establish the value of the natural, cultural, and historic resources within the park sites, for promoting the use of Arkansas state parks, and for assisting in the development park master plans. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

Functions

Researches historical, geological, or biological data and plans type and content of interpretive programs to meet the needs and learning styles of various groups to illustrate and explain the park resources and their values. Prepares and submits budgetary requirements for programs. Researches, locates, identifies, catalogues, documents, and conserves artifacts. Researches, locates, identifies, and catalogues plants and animals located within the park and documents them in the park's natural resource inventory. Researches and designs interior and wayside exhibits, multi-media presentations, brochures, pamphlets, maps and other materials to provide information and interpretation. Presents programs, demonstrations, and lectures to various groups inside and outside the park. Develops and presents special events that pertain to the mission and scope of the park. Reviews films, slides, collected information, and specimens. Writes narratives, scripts, outlines, descriptions, and explanations of exhibits, history, geology, archaeology, or ecology to illustrate and explain the nature of the park. Promotes the park and park programs through news releases and media coverage. Leads and/or assists in the protection of ecological and culturally sensitive areas of the park by researching and identifying sensitive areas and determining need for public boundaries. Leads in writing park interpretive plans and assists with researching and writing the park master plan. Performs other duties as assigned.

Dimensions

None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of Arkansas' natural, cultural, and historic resources. Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of multi-media equipment. Knowledge of the principles of advertising and media communications. Knowledge of the principles of scientific research and the techniques of data collection and analysis. Knowledge of environmental and safety laws and regulations pertaining to parks and recreation. Ability to research, script, and design exhibits and displays. Ability to prepare, present, and illustrate written and oral interpretive presentations. Ability to greet visitors and provide information concerning the state. Ability to maintain records and write reports. Ability to promote the park, advertise programs, and coordinate events. Ability to budget and provide specifications for interpretive materials, supplies, performers, and equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal educational equivalent of a bachelor's degree in natural science, communications, parks and recreation management, or a related field; plus one year of experience in interpretation, program development, or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Licenses

None

The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.


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