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Interpretive Resource Specialist III

  • Interpretive Resource Specialist III
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  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
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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 work planning and directing complex interpretive operations in assigned state park(s) or historic site(s) with special habitat management areas, and/or significant historic structures or cultural resources.

Job Duties

Plans and directs natural and/or cultural history interpretation, resource management, stewardship and research in assigned state park(s)/historic site(s).

Develops operational resource management plans/procedures, and management goals to preserve and interpret state park or historic site resources.

Drafts and maintains interpretation, natural and cultural resource management plans.

Recruits, trains, supervises and evaluates professional, technical, seasonal and/or volunteer staff engaged in tasks related to interpretation and resource management.

Supervises natural and cultural resource management, and artifact/specimen collection activities.

Supervises the daily operation of a visitor center or museum.

Researches, develops and implements interpretive themes, including lectures, exhibits, audio-visual programs, visitor activities and publications for use by interpretation staff.

Coordinates special events; presents state park and/or historic site programs to visitors; presents interpretive and educational programs at schools and community locations.

Assumes responsibility for assigned state park(s) and/or historic site(s) in the absence of the facility manager.

Recommends budget requests and tracks expenditures for interpretation and resource management operations for assigned state park(s) and/or historic site(s).

Develops and presents professional papers, reports of historic research and/or scientific findings.

Collects and analyzes data for flora and/or fauna surveys, natural/cultural collections and recommends natural resource management actions.

Opens and closes public facilities.

Exercises independence in planning and directing daily operations with general administrative direction; work is reviewed for overall quality and effectiveness.

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.)

One or more years of experience as an Interpretive Resource Specialist II with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.


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,

Three 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.)

Special Requirements

Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license.

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 natural and cultural resources of assigned state park(s) and/or historic site(s), and the State of Missouri .

Comprehensive knowledge of the policies, programs, and procedures related to state park and/or historic site operations.

Comprehensive knowledge of natural and/or cultural history research and resource management methods and techniques.

Intermediate knowledge of historic structure construction and repair methods, and the proper utilization and care of equipment used in interpretive operations and/or resource management.

Intermediate knowledge of the proper techniques for handling, cataloging, cleaning and preserving natural history objects and/or historic and archeological artifacts.

Ability to prepare and present information about the natural and cultural history of state parks and/or historic sites, and to develop related exhibits.

Ability to train, supervise and evaluate staff.

Ability to conduct research and develop technical reports and interpretive presentations suitable for professional publication.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, school officials, community organizations and the general public.

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