Interpretive Specialist

Baxter State Park Millinocket Maine Full-time




JOB CODE:    0479   POSITION 009000987

PAY RANGE:    18
SPEC:  04    

SALARY:     Step 1 – 8    Hourly: $14.90-$19.91


100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):
$440.70 biweekly (Health: $427.57 biweekly / Dental: $13.13 biweekly)

95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):
$419.32 biweekly (Health: $406.19 biweekly / Dental: $13.13 biweekly)

90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):
$397.94 biweekly (Health: $384.81 biweekly / Dental: $13.13 biweekly)

85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):
$376.56 biweekly (Health: $363.43 biweekly / Dental: $13.13 biweekly)



SCOPE OF WORK:  This is professional services work in developing educational and interpretive programs for State parks and memorials regarding the natural, scientific, and cultural history of Baxter State Park or a statewide group of parks. Work includes collecting, evaluating, and interpreting materials to be included in the educational programs that will be useful to all age groups of park, historic site, and memorial visitors and will promote awareness of environmental and cultural areas. Work is performed under limited supervision.

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS: (A position may not be assigned all the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all the duties that may be assigned).

Develops an annual interpretive program outline and plan in order to present goals and objectives to superiors.

Collects resource reference materials, expands personal expertise on Maine flora and fauna, and creates educational materials in order to develop and implement interpretive programs and train park staff.

Trains park personnel in interpretive techniques such as walks, talks, tours, self guided trails, publications, and the use of audio visual materials in order to assist park staff in providing quality educational and interpretive programs.

Assesses parks for adequacy and quality of interpretive programs, displays, and facilities in order to recommend program improvements.

Oversees and provides interpretive assistance to park visitors, and operates visitor center, museum, and park headquarters in order to implement an interpretive program.

Photographs scenes and animals in order to use in publicity, displays, and illustrated talks.

Provides technical assistance to park personnel in order to assist in presenting interpretive programs.

Designs, organizes, and implements natural history, cultural history, and environmental education programs in order to assist with park development.

Studies Bureau lands and lands proposed for acquisition in order to determine scientific, historical, biological, and geological values and their importance for interpretation.

Confers with State and private educational and historical organizations in order to promote the preservation and appreciation of historic and natural values.

Oversees park library and other related materials in order to control dissemination, loan, and sale.

ENTRY LEVEL KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: (Applicants will be screened for possession of these through written, performance, and/or other evaluations).

Knowledge of Maine forestry, wildlife, and natural resources.

Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of natural and cultural interpretive program design.

Knowledge of graphic arts.

Ability to develop, plan, organize, and implement interpretive programs.

Ability to prepare, maintain, and disseminate informational material and coordinate public relations activities.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations.

Ability to prepare and deliver presentations.

Ability to write clearly and effectively.

Ability to communicate effectively.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: (These may be acquired on the job and are needed to perform the work assigned).

Knowledge of environmental laws, rules, and regulations governing public owned lands and parks.

Knowledge of care and use of firearms.

Ability to assist in fire control, search and rescue, and law enforcement activities when required.

Ability to develop and implement an environmental education program.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Entry level knowledges, skills, and/or abilities may be acquired through, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO the following coursework/training and/or experience).

Three (3) years of education and experience in naturalist and interpretive work.

LICENSING/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (These must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).


EXAM PLAN: (This must be successfully completed by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).

Direct Hire.

The State of Maine does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in the provision of services, programs, activities, or in employment.  Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), any qualified individual with a disability is eligible to participate in or benefit from any service, program or activity provided by the State, or any of its departments or divisions.  Likewise, the ADA requires equal employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities.

 Please submit a State of Maine Direct Hire Application, cover letter, resume, and responses to supplemental questions to or to BSP-HR, 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket, ME  04462. Questions may be directed to Ms. Lowell by email or at 207-723-9616. Applications are due at 11:59pm November 26, 2018.