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Guide I, Historical Monument (2794)

Guide I, Historical Monument

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BU90
  • Class Code: 2794
  • Established: 03/14/1958
  • Revised: 05/07/1991
  • Title Changed: 12/01/1966


Under direction, to interpret exhibits and historic objects to the public; guide visitors; arrange, maintain, and protect exhibits; and to do other related work.

Job Characteristics

Employees in the class Guide I, Historical Monument, perform informational and guide work at State historical monuments as distinguished from other related classes who are engaged in the administrative, custodial, and technical historical research and exhibit aspects of park and monument operations. Incumbents are required to provide and wear standard uniforms or they may be required to wear dress pertinent to the historical period involved.


Employees in the higher level class of Guide II, Historical Monument, assist in the supervision of a group of guides, assist in the development of background and interpretive information for tours, and perform the more difficult guide work.

Typical Tasks

Conducts the public on tours through historical monuments; explains the historical significance of the unit and exhibits to individuals and groups; assists in preparation of tour talks by study of reference and other material; protects buildings and exhibits against theft, damage, and vandalism; maintains order and enforces the rules and regulations of the State Park System; prepares exhibits under guidance; maintains exhibits; assists in the cleanup and maintenance of the monument or may supervise others in this work; keeps records and performs other associated clerical tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


Six months of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a Guide Trainee, Historical Monument. (Education of college level may be substituted for up to three months of the required experience on the basis of two years of college being equivalent to three months of experience.)



Experience: One year of experience involving major emphasis on oral presentations before groups. (Education of college level may be substituted for up to six months of the required experience on the basis of two years of college being equivalent to six months of experience.) and


Education: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Effective practices in guiding exhibit tours; clerical work and record keeping; inventory methods.


Ability to: Deal tactfully with individuals and groups; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; arrange exhibits and execute instructions involving exhibits.

Special Personal Characteristics

Neat personal appearance; tact; poise; willingness to work on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays on an assigned shift; ability to stand and walk for long periods of time.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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