This position has statewide oversight of interpretation efforts for Missouri State Parks, which includes facilitating the continuing education of full-time and seasonal interpretive staff through training and workshops; developing and coordinating interpretive programming and interpretive activities; recruiting seasonal interpreters; maintaining a sound understanding of Missouri natural and cultural history; and managing an annual budget.
Duties include: • Planning and conducting the Spring Interpretive Training School, a multi-day workshop that teaches the basic principles of interpretation to new seasonal interpreters and newly-hired fulltime staff. • Planning and conducting the Winter Workshop, a multi-day workshop that provides fulltime and return seasonal staff with intermediate and/or advanced training in interpretive techniques, natural resource stewardship, cultural resource stewardship, and outdoor skills. • Coordinating with the Natural Resources and Cultural Resources programs to identify resource-specific training needs for staff. • Planning and conducting other workshops and trainings throughout the year utilizing various natural and cultural resource curricula. • Coordinating with other staff and external partners on implementing both statewide and facility-specific special events and interpretive programs that appeal to diverse audiences and cover a wide range of natural and cultural history-related topics, as well as outdoor skills and trail-related events. • Liaising with field interpreters on programming ideas and providing support for field interpretation. • Assisting with the development of facility-specific interpretive panels and exhibits, facility-specific video presentations, statewide and facility-specific interpretive brochures, and facility-specific Interpretation Plans. • Developing programs for school-aged groups in accordance with the standards outlined by the Missouri Department of Education; and coordinating with teachers, school administrators and leaders of youth organizations regarding outdoor educational resources and activities offered by Missouri State Parks. • Coordinating the Thursday interpretive Facebook posts by soliciting posts from field staff, editing as needed and submitting to the division’s public information officer. • Maintaining the inventory and loan of resource trunks for field staff. • Coordinating the compiling of monthly and year-end interpretive programming and visitor contact statistics. • Having a fundamental knowledge of Missouri’s major natural community types; becoming familiar with statewide and regional natural resource threats, species of concern, and the nomenclature and management regimens used by Missouri State Parks for special management areas (such as, Wild Areas, Natural Areas, and Ecological Stewardship Management Areas); and having a working knowledge of types of stewardship activities (such as prescribed burning, invasive species removal, etc.) and tools used (such as backpack blower and sprayer, McLeod, mattock, etc.). • Having a broad knowledge of Missouri’s major historical events, prominent figures, geography, and diverse heritage. • Compiling facility-specific information about seasonal interpreter needs and housing availability; forwarding potential seasonal applicants to corresponding parks and historic sites; and maintaining inventory and distributing seasonal uniforms. • Achieving Certified Interpretive Trainer (CIT) status through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI); as well as maintaining certification and membership in national and statewide professional organizations, such as NAI and the Association of Missouri Interpreters (AMI). • Managing an annual budget and ensuring purchases and expenditures are within budgeted amounts; projecting annual needs and expenditures and proposing budget changes as needed.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Environmental, Biological or Natural Sciences, Natural Resources, Resource Management, History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Parks and Outdoor Recreation, or a closely related field; and, four or more years of experience in research, development and/or presentation of interpretive and educational programs in a park, historic site or museum; management of natural and/or cultural resources; researching and/or presenting information relating to artifacts or archaeological sites; teaching science or history; or comparable experience in a conservation or environmental program. (Additional qualifying experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the required education. Earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience at a rate of 24 earned graduate credit hours for one year.)
Internal Number: 7010519
About Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources protects our air, land, water, and mineral resources; preserves our unique natural and historic places; and provides recreational and learning opportunities, while promoting the environmentally sound operations of businesses, communities, agriculture, and industry for the benefit of all Missourians. Missouri state parks and historic sites are administered by the Division of State Parks, which is a part of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The Division's main responsibilities are the administration of the Missouri state park system, and coordination of statewide programs in the areas of outdoor recreation and trails. The mission of the state park system is to preserve and interpret the state's most outstanding natural landscapes and cultural landmarks, and to provide outstanding recreational opportunities compatible with those resources.