print logo
Main Content Anchor

State Park Interpreter III (2828)

State Park Interpreter III

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: BU42
  • Class Code: 2828
  • Established: 09/21/1977
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under general direction, to supervise on a statewide basis, program elements of the Interpretive Services Section for the Department of Parks and Recreation; to supervise, plan, and coordinate interpretive activities for the assigned section; and to do other related work.

Job Characteristics

This is the full supervisory level within the State Park Interpreter series. Incumbents in this class will be responsible for supervising and directing a program unit within the Interpretive Services Section of the Department. This class will have statewide program responsibility within the assigned unit, to include the development of several major interpretive projects. This level is distinct from the next lower level of State Park Interpreter II which is the full journeyperson class. This lower level, which may act in a lead capacity, will be responsible for major interpretive project activities.

Typical Tasks

Plans, directs, and supervises the activities of a staff engaged in interpretive program activities; plans, develops, and implements statewide interpretive programs; coordinates the activities of interpretive program sections with other units in the Department; recommends policy with respect to acquisition and preservation of items of interpretive value; coordinates the Department's interpretive program with the programs of other departments; educational institutions, interpretive associations, and other agencies; supervises, trains, and evaluates the performance of subordinate staff; addresses interested groups; develops reports and other interpretive material.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


Two years of experience in the California state service performing the duties of a District Interpretive Specialist, Exhibit Coordinator, State Archeologist II, State Historian II, State Park Interpreter II, or State Park Naturalist II, including substantial responsibility for State park interpretive programs.



Four years of experience performing the duties of a State Archeologist I, State Historian I, State Park Interpreter I, or State Park Naturalist I, including substantial responsibility for State park interpretive programs.



Experience: Five years of experience in the planning and development of natural history, museum, or historical interpretive programs, including at least two years in a supervisory or program administrative capacity. and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college, preferably with a degree in interpretation, social sciences, natural science, communications, or closely related field. (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: Natural science and historical research methods and procedures, California anthropology, exhibit preparation techniques; methods and practices of restoration, preservation, and interpretation of historical objects; literature and publications dealing with California natural history; history of California and the historical features of the State; principles of public administration, personnel management, supervision, and training; Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.


Ability to: Write complete plans and specifications for specialized interpretive projects; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with individuals, organizations, and other agencies contacted in the course of the work; analyze situations accurately and take an effective course of action; communicate effectively; supervise, train, and evaluate the work of a technical staff; keep necessary records and prepare reports; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.

Special Personal Characteristics

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

  Updated: 6/3/2012
One Column Page
Link Back to Top