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State Park Interpreter II (2827)

State Park Interpreter II

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BU44
  • Class Code: 2827
  • Established: 09/21/1977
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction, to do the more difficult or varied work in planning, developing, coordinating and implementing interpretive projects for the Department of Parks and Recreation; to have charge of specific major interpretive projects; and to other related work.

Typical Tasks

Plans, coordinates, implements, and evaluates major interpretive projects; performs the most difficult research and development of interpretive material; compiles and evaluates interpretive material and develops reports on interpretive projects; reviews and assists in the development of budget requests; develops uniform interpretive standards and provides criteria for standardizing interpretive materials and presentations; assists in the review of State Park development plans as they relate to interpretive activities; represents the Department at meetings and functions with community and professional organizations involving interpretive projects; acts in a lead capacity; trains subordinate staff in interpretive methods and techniques.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


Two years of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a(n) Exhibit Specialist, State Archeologist I, State Historian I, State Park Interpreter I, or State Park Naturalist I, including substantial responsibility for interpretation of State Park programs.



Experience: Three years of experience in planning or implementing historical or natural resources interpretive programs involving extensive personal contact with groups and organizations. (Graduate work in interpretation, social sciences, natural sciences, communications, or closely related fields may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience.) and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college with a degree 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: Interpretive theory, techniques, and media; historical and natural history features and values of the California State Park System; history and natural history of California; audio- visual and photographic techniques and media; principles of supervision and training; administrative practices and procedures; methods used in preserving and interpreting historical objects and buildings; museum administration principles; private and public organizations concerned with historical and natural history interpretive programs in California.


Ability to: Assume leadership and provide creativity in the planning and implementing of interpretive programs for historical and natural history features; plan and arrange exhibits; develop innovative solutions to complex interpretive problems; interpret historical and natural history concepts to the layperson; motivate, instruct and evaluate others in the techniques of interpretation of historical and natural features; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; keep necessary records and writes reports; communicate effectively.

Special Personal Characteristics

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

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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