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State Park Interpreter I (2826)

State Park Interpreter I

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BU46
  • Class Code: 2826
  • Established: 09/21/1977
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction, to do the less difficult or varied work in the planning, research and development of interpretive projects for the Department of Parks and Recreation; to participate in or direct small interpretive projects or portions of large interpretive projects; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Assists in planning, developing, and researching portions of large interpretive projects; directs the work of intermittent staff on small interpretive projects; performs the less difficult research and development of material for interpretive projects; maintains a reference library, and photographic and specimen collections; compiles information and prepares reports and other interpretive material; assists in training intermittent and other staff in interpretive methods and techniques; assists in the planning and development of material for interpretive exhibits.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: One year of experience in research and development of historical or natural resource interpretive programs. and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with major work in interpretation, social sciences, natural sciences, communications, or closely related fields. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for up to two years of the required education on a year- for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Methods and techniques of interpretation; principles of public interpretation; principles of exhibit design and preparation; natural and social sciences; scientific research methods; audio-visual techniques; methods and techniques used in preserving and interpreting historical objects, sites and buildings; the diverse media used in commercial or fine art; California cultural and natural history.


Ability to: Plan interpretive exhibits and programs; coordinate the interpretive input of other specialists; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the course of the work; interpret historical concepts to the public; communicate effectively; keep necessary records and prepare reports; analyze facts and draw conclusions.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to travel throughout the State and to work irregular hours and weekends.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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