Alapocas Run/ Wilmington State Park Interpretive Naturalist

Lead Program Specialist lV

Recruitment #021424-MXGC06-400305


The land that became Alapocas Run State Park was donated to the city of Wilmington in the early 1900s by local industrialist William Bancroft. Alapocas Run became a state park in 2002.

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Summary Statement

The position will provide and develop school and public programming in addition to coordinating special events.  Work is performed indoors and outdoors under various weather conditions.  Applicants must be available to work weekends, evenings and holidays as scheduled.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all position 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.

·         Develops and facilitates educational programs for schools and special events.

·         Lead school environmental education programs tied to state standards to increase student understanding of Delaware’s natural and cultural resources.

·         Deliver interpretive programs to participants of all ages in a variety of contexts.

·         Helps coordinate and implement special events held at Alapocas Run and Wilmington State Parks.

·         Assists in grant and program attendance tracking.

·         Provide general customer service and park information to visitors.

·         Distribute interpretive publications.

·         Leads educational and recreational hikes and programs for park visitors.

·         Must be able to demonstrate responsibility, dependability and good communication skills.

·         Maintain a positive attitude.

·         Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Seasonal Naturalist

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.

1.      One year experience planning and delivering interpretive programs for adults and children.

2.      One year experience coordinating and promoting special events or initiatives.

3.      One year experience coordinating and promoting special events or initiatives.

4.      Knowledge of public speaking or interpretation.

5.      Knowledge of natural history, anthropology, entomology, ornithology, cultural history, recreation science, and/or ecology.

6.      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 4/18/2024 upon filling the vacant position(s).

As a condition of hire, applicants for this position must successfully pass a Swim assessment.    

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.

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

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware Executive Branch participates in the Federal E-Verify system where the State will provide the federal government with each new hires Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our job seeker resources.

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 Delaware State Jobs.


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 is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

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