Fort Delaware Historical Park Interpreter Positions

Recruitment #012921-MXGC06-400308


Originally built to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia, Pea Patch Island also became a Union prison camp during the Civil War, housing up to as many as 12,595 Confederate prisoners of war at one time.  

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Summary Statement

A variety of seasonal park Interpreter positions may be available at Fort Delaware State Park:

Historical Blacksmith - is responsible for conducting interpretive programs and tours which will include a hands-on program for blacksmithing. 

Historical Interpreter - responsible for developing and conducting interpretive programs that will increase the public’s awareness of their surrounding environment and foster the appreciation, enjoyment, and utilization of Delaware State Parks.

Work is performed indoors and outdoors, weekends, evenings and holidays as scheduled to meet facility needs and must be willing to work around boats and water.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Lead school and public environmental programs tied to State standards to increase awareness and understanding of Delaware’s cultural resources.
  • Develop and maintain exhibits, educational and historical site material.
  • Provide general customer service and park information to visitors.
  • Plan, organize and conduct interpretive walks, programs and tours.
  • Perform custodial services in historic sites and offices.
  • Set-up, monitor and provide support for park programs and special events.
  • Willing and able to work in period costume.
  • Must demonstrate responsibility, dependability and good communication skills.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Must comply with all park policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training.

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

Fort Historical Blacksmith

  1. Experience working with children and young adults such as academic/athletic tutoring, camp counselor, youth volunteer, classroom assistant or education teacher.
  2. Experience with 19th Century blacksmithing.
  3. Knowledge of public speaking.
  4. Knowledge of natural, cultural, historical resources or parks and recreation.
  5. Possession of a valid drivers license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Historical Interpreter

  1. Six months experience working with children and young adults such as academic/athletic tutoring, camp counselor, youth volunteer, classroom assistant or education teacher.
  2. Knowledge of natural, cultural, historical resources or parks and recreation.
  3. Knowledge of public speaking or interpretation.
  4. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Additional Posting Information

This posting may be closed on or before 3/03/2021 upon filling the vacant position(s).

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

Criminal background check:  A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire.  The recruiting agency may require the applicant to pay for the criminal background check as part of the conditional offer of hire.  

Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position. It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties. For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content. Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.  

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.