Cultural Conservation Program Manager

Park Historian

Recruitment #070820-MEAZ03-400300


The Division of Parks and Recreation manages 10 nature preserves and 12 other sites outside of the parks. It also monitors over 100 conservation easements protecting more than 4,000 acres. The division protects cultural and historic resources. And it provides a wide variety of recreational facilities for Delawareans and visitors.

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Summary Statement

The Delaware State Parks Historian is responsible for ensuring the responsible stewardship and interpretation of the cultural resources under the protection and management of Delaware State Parks. Duties include management of the Cultural Resources Unit, which includes specialists in historic interpretation, historic research, archeology, curatorship program, and folk life; collaborate with Park staff statewide providing information and technical support on historical artifacts and structures; develop programs and to build understanding of the resources; identify and prioritize cultural resource needs and develop support for the management of the resources; seek funding opportunities and oversees restoration/rehabilitation project, provide technical support on cultural resources for local, county and other state agencies and consults with the State Historic Preservation Office on federal Section 106 reviews and other matters.

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.
  • Identifies and prioritizes opportunities to conserve Delaware's cultural history/resources.
  • Plans, designs and directs graphic, spoken and site research projects and investigations pertaining to historical and cultural ways, techniques, methods and events.
  • Develops interpretive and educational programs that will convey a knowledge of Delaware's cultural history/resources.
  • Recruits and trains research and interpretive volunteers.
  • Trains and supervises professional and support subordinates.
  • Prepares and administers Program budget.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Cultural Conservation Program Manager
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:


  1. Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Cultural or Historical Studies or related field.
  2. Six months experience in cultural or historical research which includes analyzing objects/artifacts and compiling documentary summaries which provide historical contexts for exhibits, programs, tours, historical sites, and artifacts.
  3. Three years experience in cultural or historical project management which includes planning, developing, implementing, managing and evaluating historical or cultural projects to ensure objectives are met.
  4. Six months experience in designing, developing, and implementing educational and interpretive programs.
  5. Six months experience in budget management and control which includes managing a budget for the purpose of keeping expenditures within the limitations of available appropriations and available revenue and maintaining, monitoring, projecting and controlling a budget within set policies and procedures.
  6. Knowledge of staff supervision acquired through course work, academic training, training provided through an employer, or performing as a lead worker overseeing the work of others; OR supervising staff which may include planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of others; OR supervising through subordinate supervisors a group of professional, technical, and clerical employees.

Conditions of Hire

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.

As a condition of hire you must possess a valid driver's license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

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


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire 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 the supplemental questionnaire 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.