Interpretive Programs Coordinator

Recruitment #211014-UNCE-716




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Resumes will be accepted until October 29, 2021 at 5PM.


Interpretive Programs Coordinator

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s (OTRD) mission is to advance the exceptional quality of life in Oklahoma by preserving, maintaining, and promoting our natural assets and cultural amenities. OTRD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

OTRD is seeking a full-time unclassified Interpretive Programs Coordinator to oversee operations and activities of a statewide interpretive program in the Parks Administration division in Oklahoma City, OK. OTRD offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. The annual salary for this position is $40,000.

This position is under the supervision of the Director of Parks Business Services. Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to training, developing, conducting programs, and educating visitors while highlighting the historical, natural, cultural, and scientific features of Oklahoma State Parks. This position creates compelling reasons for guests/visitors to come to Oklahoma State Park properties throughout the state by sparking interest and excitement in the natural world.

• Oversees the development, promotion, and implementation of diversified interpretive programs and services for all ages in accordance with guest needs; evaluates program effectiveness; recommends changes and implements management decisions.
• Responsible for training naturalists, interpreters, park managers and other park staff on the interpretive nature of each state park.
• Oversees the activities of naturalist staff and volunteers; plans, assigns, trains, directs, and monitors staff duties; provides input to supervisor for employee performance evaluations.
• Serves as a liaison and resource for the agency and other organizations; performs community outreach to promote interpretive programs and stimulate interest in Division offerings.
• Serves as Division representative with external organizations; attends and/or speaks at meetings, community and professional functions, and conferences as assigned.
• Assists supervisor with budget development and management.
• Performs administrative tasks, such as attending and scheduling meetings, preparing reports, monitoring expenditures, and maintaining records.
• Assists in developing and implementing policies, procedures, and staff training for program areas.
• Receives and responds to questions and concerns from guests; identifies issues and resolves problems or refers to supervisor as appropriate.
• Monitor’s inventory, orders supplies, and maintains purchase records within authorized budget.
• Maintains records and completes required reports.
• Works collaboratively with internal and external customers.
• Responsible for educating the public about the state park environments and maintaining the natural environment on land specifically dedicated to wilderness populations. 
• Responsible for preserving, restoring, maintaining, and protecting the natural habitat.
• Responsible for licenses and permits for the parks.
• Responsible for taking guests on nature walks and doing research for educational work.
• Assists with Division special events as needed.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

• Principles and techniques for fostering effective workgroups.
• Principles and practices for providing a high level of customer service.
• Speak effectively in public.
• Independently organize work, set priorities, meet deadlines, and follow up on assignments.
• Demonstrate strong customer service skills and establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships.

Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Forestry, Wildlife Management, Environmental Science, Anthropology, or a related field; AND Three years of experience directing and overseeing an interpretive program, OR Any combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Must possess mobility, strength, and stamina to perform physical work for extended periods of time; work activities may be performed indoors and outdoors and may require frequent walking on uneven or slippery surfaces, standing, sitting, kneeling, bending, and related physical activities in the performance of daily duties.

Incumbent works in both indoor and outdoor environments with moderate to loud noise levels, wet and slippery conditions, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. May work in controlled temperature conditions, cold and hot temperatures, or inclement weather conditions. Incumbents will interact with individuals in interpreting and enforcing rules, policies, and procedures.

Incumbents may be assigned an irregular work schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings, and holidays. Travel is inherent to this position as frequent trips to Oklahoma State Parks will be required. This role will serve as a representative to the Oklahoma City Office.

All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a background check.


Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.