Naturalist/Historian Senior Interpreter

$48,364.37 - $80,606.45 Annually
Dec 03, 2018
Dec 17, 2018
Full Time

Supervises and manages all aspects of interpretive and outdoor recreation programming for Riverbed Park and Scott's Run Nature Preserve. Researches, writes and evaluates the annual site programming and marketing plan. Writes and evaluates site programs and program activities. Develops the budget for site programming and purchases program materials. Designs, creates, conducts, evaluates and markets natural and cultural history programs. Plans and produces interpretive learning aids. Routinely is manager on duty and sole person responsible for park operations and visitor safety. Opens, closes and inspects the facility for safe public use. Greets the public and provides technical information. Hires, supervises, evaluates and schedules staff and volunteers at multiple locations. Plans, creates maintains natural and cultural exhibits and displays. Researches, writes or reviews brochures, technical publications, audio visual productions and trail interpretation. Supervises recreation manager position. Oversees care of site exhibit animals.

Illustrative Duties
  • Supervises and coordinates site interpretive programming to include planning, development and evaluation of educational, informational and recreation programs, tours, exhibits, and other media;
  • Plans and develops interpretive calendar;
  • Monitors trends in interpretation and gages demand for interpretive services;
  • Hires, trains, evaluates and counsels interpretive programming staff;
  • Reviews interpretive materials prepared by staff and monitors the quality of interpretive programs;
  • Directs staff in site program development;
  • Coordinates administrative aspects of programming including scheduling, registration, revenue collection, purchasing, promotion and record keeping;
  • Develops budget requirements for site interpretive program and monitors expenses and revenues to maintain budget constraints;
  • Maintains fiscal records necessary to the operation and evaluation of interpretive program;
  • Develops or assists in the development of interpretive programs and media including exhibits, literature, and audio-visual programs;
  • Designs, presents and evaluates interpretive programs covering a wide range of topics on natural and cultural history for a diverse group of audiences;
  • Reviews and/or prepares interpretive materials including brochures, interpretive flyers, promotional materials, technical publications, audiovisual productions, trail interpretation and educational materials;
  • Conducts research in support of programming, interpretation and training;
  • Responds to public inquiries regarding programs and operations;
  • Represents site in division programming committee;
  • Assists site management in long-range planning.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of effective instructional methods and techniques;
  • Knowledge of equipment and materials needed to conduct interpretive and environmental/historical education programs;
  • Ability to provide expert knowledge in the development of a wide range of interpretive programs and activities;
  • Ability to provide technical resource and program leadership to interpretive staff;
  • Ability to develop and present creative, environmental/historical education and interpretive programs in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings for all age levels;
  • Ability to supervise professional and volunteer staff members;
  • Ability to review and analyze expenditures and revenues in determining appropriate budget;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to interpret technical natural and cultural history materials to lay persons;
  • Ability to deal effectively with the public.
For Nature Centers:
  • Knowledge of the natural and biological sciences, including the theory, principles and practices of interpretation, conservation and environmental education;
  • Knowledge of current sources of information on field identification and interpretive techniques;
  • Knowledge of natural resource management;
  • Knowledge of native flora, fauna, geology and ecology of the local area;
  • Knowledge of local environmental issues and conservation practices.
For Historical Sites:
  • Knowledge of American and regional history;
  • Knowledge of historical research procedures;
  • Knowledge of the theory, principles and practices of historical education and interpretation;
  • Knowledge of historical park management practices;
  • Knowledge of curatorial or collections management practices and procedures.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to: graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a bachelor's degree in natural or life sciences, history, education, park management, or a related field; plus one year of responsible experience in interpretation/programming, environmental or historical education, or a closely related field.

Valid driver's license upon hire.

Appointee will be required to complete a criminal background investigation check, a check of the child protective services registry and a driver's record check to the satisfaction of the employer.


  • At least two years developing interpretive programs in a natural setting for a variety of audiences.
  • At least one year developing historical programs.
  • Knowledge of natural and biological sciences including the theory, principles, and practices of interpretation, conservation, and environmental education.
  • At least two years hiring and supervising staff.
  • Experience with managing budgets and inventory.
  • Experience in interpretive writing and developing marketing items using a variety of media.
  • National Association for Interpretation (NAI) certification.
  • Experience running or managing recreation activities.
  • First Aid/CPR certification within 90 days.
Ability to do some moderate lifting and moderate hiking on rough and unpaved trails. Duties can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include a written exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.

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