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The Supervisor of Interpretive Programs is responsible for interpretive planning of a state park and must be skilled at team building to accomplish goals. This position is also responsible for supervising, managing, training, mentoring, and evaluating the interpretation of the park. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.

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Typical Functions:

Supervises personnel assigned to the interpretation of music, crafts, living history, and herb gardens. Provides interpretive guidance to the interpretive staff. Participates in the planning, development, and implementation of all publications, presentations, and programs that meet the park’s mission. Ensures that all areas of interpretation are interwoven and true to the historical culture. Evaluates site interpretation. Establishes standards for types and venues of interpretation and trains staff to meet those standards.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of research and collection techniques. Knowledge of Arkansas’ natural, cultural, and historical resources. Knowledge of the programming of computer programs for public presentations. Knowledge of the principles of scientific research and the techniques of data collection and analysis. Knowledge of environmental and safety laws and regulations pertaining to parks and recreation. Ability to prepare promotional information and articles. Ability to provide information to diverse groups on folklore topics and sources. Ability to design and construct exhibits and displays. Ability to prepare and make interpretive and illustrative oral and written presentations. Ability to greet visitors and provide information concerning the state. Ability to maintain records and write reports. Ability to understand and utilize the budget process and provide specifications for interpretive materials, supplies, performers, and equipment. Ability to organize and coordinate events.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in folklore history, art, general business or a related field; plus two years of experience in interpretative delivery, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must be certified through the National Association of Interpretation as a Heritage Interpreter, Interpretive Manager, Interpretive Planner, or Interpretive Trainer.


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