Summer 19- Seasonal Park Interpreter Boston Harbor Island State Park

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Hingham, MA3.9

Full-time | Part-time | Temporary
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Number of Positions: 2
Position: Seasonal Park Interpreter
Location: Boston Harbor Island State Park
Start date: 4/28/2019
End Date: 10/15/2019

About the Department of Conservation and Recreation:
The Department of Conservation and Recreation manages one of the largest and most diverse state parks systems in the nation and protects and enhances natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts. DCR is a dynamic agency, and is one of the largest park systems in the nation. The DCR system includes over 450,000 acres of parks, forests, water supply protection lands, beaches, lakes, ponds, playgrounds, swimming pools, skating rinks, trails and parkways.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Park Interpreter.

Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island, report to 30 Shipyard Drive, Hingham, MA

Schedule includes weekends, holidays, and some evenings

Position requires:
  • Providing interpretation at Spectacle Island (part of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park). Interpretation to include the island itself as well as Boston Harbor. This requires an in-depth knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the area. Specific topics to include the clean-up on Boston harbor, island reclamation after “The Big Dig”, island ecology, and Native American history.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of walking tours and interpretive programs with various topics and themes (Focus on youth programming - “Toddler Tuesday” nature programs, kid-friendly historic walking tours, and Junior Ranger programs). You will also be responsible for leading walking tours for people of all ages including adult groups and mixed groups of various ages.
  • Researching, developing, and recording comprehensive Interpretive Program Outlines and Program Narrative Forms within the deadline set by your Visitor Services Supervisor and Regional Interpretive Coordinator.
  • Ability to work as part of a team with fellow Interpreters, Rangers, and operations staff. This will also include working with park partners (National Park Service, Boston Harbor Now, Outward Bound), local non-profits, additional stakeholders and agencies.
  • Assist with operational needs (sweep floors, provide public announcements, answer phones, litter pick up, tidying up public spaces, and Visitor Center exhibits and displays, etc.).
  • Ability to work outside for long periods of time, talk to large groups of people, lead park tours and hikes up to 3 miles in length.
  • Boat ride required to get out to the island.
Boston Harbor Islands: Georges Island, report to 30 Shipyard Drive, Hingham, MA

Schedule includes weekends, holidays, and some evenings

Position requires:
  • Providing interpretation at Georges Island (part of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park). Interpretation to include the island itself as well as Boston Harbor. This requires an in-depth knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the area. Specific topics to include harbor defense, military fortifications, fort evolution, and the daily lives of soldiers and officers.
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of walking tours and interpretive programs with various topics and themes. Interpreter will lead thematic tours of Fort Warren, costumed interpretive programming, as well as period appropriate kid’s games and activities including Civil War lawn games and Civil War dress-up.
  • Researching, developing, and recording comprehensive Interpretive Program Outlines and Program Narrative Forms within the deadline set by your Visitor Services Supervisor and Regional Interpretive Coordinator.
  • Ability to work as part of a team with fellow Interpreters, Rangers, and operations staff. This will also include working with park partners (National Park Service, Boston Harbor Now, Outward Bound), local non-profits, additional stakeholders and agencies.
  • Assist with operational needs (sweep floors, provide public announcements, answer phones, litter pick up, tidying up public spaces, and Visitor Center exhibits and displays, etc.).
  • Ability to work outside for long periods of time, talk to large groups of people, lead park tours and hikes around the island and up several flights of stairs.
  • Boat ride required to get out to the island.
Boston Harbor Islands: Peddocks Island, report to 30 Shipyard Drive, Hingham, MA

Schedule includes weekends, holidays, and some evenings

Position requires:
Responsible for delivering park tours and talks with various themes that are offered daily including “The Fort Andrews Chapel: Innovation, Renovation, and Cooperation,” “Fort Evolution: Boston Harbor and Beyond,” “An Island Neighborhood: People and Stories of Peddocks Island.”
An in-depth knowledge of history including; Native American history, military history, and the defense of Boston harbor.
Work may involve costumed interpretation depicting a WWI or WWII era soldier stationed at Fort Andrews.
Work may involve leading a Youth Fishing Program and interpreting local tide pools.
  • Researching, developing, and recording comprehensive Interpretive Program Outlines and Program Narrative Forms within the deadline set by your Visitor Services Supervisor and Regional Interpretive Coordinator.
  • Ability to work as part of a team with fellow Interpreters, Rangers, and operations staff. This will also include working with park partners (National Park Service, Boston Harbor Now, Outward Bound), local non-profits, additional stakeholders and agencies.
  • Assist with operational needs (greet boats, provide public announcements, answer phones, litter pick up, tidying up public spaces, and Visitor Center exhibits and displays, etc.).
  • Ability to work outside for long periods of time, talk to large groups of people, lead park tours and hikes up to 3 miles in length.
  • Boat ride required to get out to the island.
Qualifications

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time, or equivalent part-time experience in interpreting, recreation programming or environmental education in a public or private agency, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions:
I. An Associate's or higher degree with a major in recreation or park management, park interpretation, recreation programming or environmental education may be substituted for the required experience.*
  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
Special Requirements: None.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title: Park Interpreter
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Hingham - 30 Shipyard Drive
Job: Community and Social Services
Agency: Department of Conservation & Recreation
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Multiple
Job Posting: Mar 5, 2019, 12:03:22 PM
Number of Openings: 2
Salary: 1,262.43 Biweekly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: John Viola - 617-626-1161
Bargaining Unit: 02-AFSCME - Service/Institutional
Confidential: No