Parks Interpretive Specialist 1

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, November 27, 2017, 5:00pm

Address:

Vantage, WA
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

This position assists the lead interpretive specialist by providing professional level interpretation services, curator activities, and operational management of the Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Center.  The incumbent will implement programs throughout the Central Cascades Area which includes Lake Easton, Iron Horse, Olmstead Place, Yakima Sportsman, Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Parks and Wanapum Recreation Area. 

AGENCY PROFILE                                                                                                        
State Parks is governed by a board of seven volunteer citizens appointed by the Governor. Commission members serve staggered six-year terms, setting public policy and guiding the agency. The Washington state park system includes more than 100 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
                 
Our Mission 
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cares for Washington's most treasured lands, waters and historic places. State parks connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives. 

Our Vision
Washington's state parks will be cherished destinations with natural, cultural, recreational, artistic and interpretive experiences that all Washingtonians enjoy, appreciate and proudly support.
 
Washington State Parks employs more than 500 permanent staff and more than 350 seasonal and temporary staff throughout the state. The headquarters office is located in Tumwater, and region offices are located in Burlington, East Wenatchee and Tumwater.
 
This recruitment will be used to fill a permanent, full-time Parks Interpretive Specialist 1 position located at Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park located in Kittitas County, Washington.
For more information on Washington State Park, click here.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the manager listed in the "Supplemental Information" section of this publication.

DUTIES:

This position assists the lead interpretive specialist by providing professional level interpretation services, curator activities, and operational management of the Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Center.  The incumbent will implement programs throughout the Central Cascades Area which includes Lake Easton, Iron Horse, Olmstead Place, Yakima Sportsman, Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Parks and Wanapum Recreation Area. 

Duties include but are not limited to:

Assist the supervisor with the day-to-day operation and management of the Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Center and Olmstead Place Historical State Park.
Collect fees and other revenue generated through interpretive activities, and maintain fiscal records and operational reports.
Educate park visitors on rules and regulations that govern activities within the park and enforced Discover Pass requirements.
Market interpretive services and special events within the Park Area and assist with scheduling of services.
Assist in the development and delivery of formal interpretive program presentations that include a variety of venues and programming for park visitor, schools and tour groups such as: guided walks, talks, presentations, living history programs, and Junior Ranger programs.
Provide technical interpretive expertise for internal and external exhibits as well as interpretive media publications, brochures, panels, signage and other educational materials.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor's degree involving major study in interpretation of Pacific Northwest history, American history, Anthropology, Geology, Forestry, Archeology, Ecology or a closely related field.

AND

Valid driver's license.

**Experience in historic preservation or in historic or natural science research or interpretation may be substituted year for year for education.**

How to Apply:

To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Use reference number 10273 when searching for the job announcement. You must attach or embed in your application the following:
 

Letter of Interest specifically addressing the qualifications listed in this announcement.
Current resume.
Three professional references.

**All requested materials must be submitted. Incomplete or late application materials will not be accepted. Failure to follow application process may disqualify you from further consideration.**
The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the application questions. Answers will be verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this recruitment.

NOTE:  Prior to a new hire, a background check, including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

This position is covered by a union shop provision. Therefore, as a condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to become members of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) and pay dues or as a non-member pay agency shop fee, non-association fee or a representation fee.  The union shop provision shall be effective no later than the 30th day following the effective date of the appointment.
For more information: http://www.hr.wa.gov/recruitment/JobSeekerServices/Pages/UnionInformation.aspx