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Park/Historic Site Specialist III

This information is for reference only. These classifications are no longer valid and were replaced 7/1/2020.

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Annual Salary Range:
$36,360.00 – $57,792.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,515.00 – $2,408.00
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This is senior-level professional and administrative work managing and directing the operation, maintenance, and visitor services at a state park or historic site facility.

Job Duties

Plans and directs the overall operation and maintenance of a state park or historic site facility offering a variety of services which may include campgrounds, lodging, marinas, stores, trails, special ecological management areas, historic structures, or non-structural cultural remnants.

Assists a manager in planning, implementing, and directing the operation, maintenance, and visitor services at a complex and multifaceted state park or historic site facility.

Oversees and directs the presentation, interpretation, and preservation of cultural and natural resources.

Develops, implements, and maintains an artifact and specimen management program including accessioning (formal process of accepting an item), cataloging, and preserving facility collections following Missouri Division of State Parks guidelines.

Develops and implements emergency response plans which address natural disasters and human incidents.

Develops and implements facility construction and maintenance procedures that are compliant with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations relating to the environment, public health, safety, and accessibility.

Oversees and manages specially designated cultural/natural resources or areas at a state park or historic site facility.

Oversees state-operated concessions and services; manages the collection of fees and revenues ensuring adherence with proper fiscal control procedures.

Monitors the operation of and provides assistance to concessionaires to ensure contractual compliance and visitor service.

Provides budget recommendations regarding operational expenditures, equipment/supply/service procurement, and facility expansion and repairs.

Researches historical, cultural, and natural resource materials; prepares reports and interpretive materials; develops permanent and temporary exhibits; presents technical/interpretive information to professionals and the general public.

Supervises and evaluates facility personnel, including seasonal employees and volunteers; trains employees in the areas of safety, risk management, equipment operation, and facility maintenance.

Provides training and instruction to personnel regarding restoration of historic items/buildings and landscaping tasks.

Serves as liaison with other agencies, and civic and professional organizations.

Oversees event, program, service, and facility reservations.

Greets the public and discusses the facility’s resources and/or enforces the rules and regulations relating to the state park system.

Compiles and analyzes data; prepares fiscal and statistical operational reports.

Exercises considerable independent judgment and initiative; receives general administrative direction.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

Two or more years of experience as a Park/Historic Site Specialist II, Interpretive Resource Specialist II, or Park Ranger or above with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.


Six or more years of technical and/or professional experience with the Missouri Division of State Parks; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.


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:  History, Art History, Music History, Anthropology, Museum Studies, Park Management, Parks and Recreation, Wildlife Management, Forestry, natural sciences, Fisheries, Biology, Botany, Education, Business or Public Administration, Law Enforcement, or a closely related field; and,

Three or more years of professional experience as a museum curator, natural/cultural/historical researcher, archaeologist, teacher of science or history (including art or music history) or in recreation/resort management, parks and recreation, business management/fiscal responsibility, natural/cultural resource management, park/historic site operations, or a closely related area.

(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified fields may substitute for the stated education and one year of the stated experience. A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the specified fields may substitute for the stated education and two years of the stated experience.)

(Military experience (E-4 level or above) with honorable service involving staff supervision, maintenance, construction, or military police and/or experience in park or historic site management operations, law enforcement, office support, and/or as a lead worker over park/building maintenance may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the stated education.)

Special Requirements

May be required by assignment to obtain a Missouri law enforcement commission.

May be required to live in state-owned housing located within or near the assigned state park or historic site facility.

May be required to relocate.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Comprehensive knowledge of the state park system and administrative policies, programs, and procedures for operations, maintenance, law enforcement, cultural, and/or natural history preservation.

Comprehensive knowledge of the State of Missouri’s natural and cultural history.

Comprehensive knowledge of historical research and artifact preservation methods and techniques.

Comprehensive knowledge of general construction and repair methods which include proper utilization of tools, materials, and equipment.

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of personnel management and supervision.

Comprehensive knowledge of health and safety techniques related to general maintenance and cleaning of public facilities.

Intermediate knowledge of the principles and practices of budget preparation and procurement.

Ability to interpret contract specifications and blueprints to ensure project requirements are met.

Ability to conduct research and communicate ideas and information clearly and effectively.

Ability to prepare budgets, written policies, procedures, interpretive materials, correspondence, and reports.

Ability to interpret and explain rules, regulations, policies, and programs.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department employees and the general public.

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