Job Type: Permanent
Salary Details: $88,488 to $115,039 per year
Deadline: Jun 28, 2021

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Provides overall supervision and program management of the park’s interpretation, information, and education programs, and related roles, functions, activities, facilities, and media.

In conjunction with CDPR, MRCA, and 20 other affiliated groups and organizations, plans and conducts a wide range of public programs throughout the year. Programs consist of walks, talks, and evening programs on dozens of different natural, cultural, and historical topics related to the Santa Monica Mountains NRA, its resources, and issues. Supervises the planning and delivery of large, park-sponsored public events, including lecture, concert and films series. Other high priority personal service activities include providing information/orientation staffing at two visitor centers and three information centers; at numerous critical park sites (with a combination of high visitation, resource threats, and safety hazards). Oversees in-depth public programs related to the parks’ resource management activities, including a mammal tracking program, fire ecology, watershed restoration, and exotic plant removal.

Oversees an active curriculum-based education program throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Planning and programming include day-use opportunities and a 2 to 3-day residential program. Directly oversees the development and upkeep of the education facilities. Develops and implements general agreements and cooperative agreements with Los Angeles Unified School District, Conejo Valley Unified School District, and several universities for curriculum development and implementation of the curriculum-based onsite programs. Through subordinate staff, develops and implements an outreach program to community schools that ties the park’s cultural and natural resources to the state content standards in science and social studies; and develops and conducts teacher workshops, curriculum guides, and publications for use by teachers and students. Ensures that the agencies are represented at numerous public and school-based workshops, fairs, and environmental education committees and workgroups throughout the region.

Oversees all planning, development, maintenance, repair/rehabilitation, and replacement of interpretive media. This includes interpretive media at two visitor centers, three information centers; three outdoor amphitheaters; several dozen trailheads; and wayside exhibits throughout the park. Media also includes the park’s electronic and traditional paper products, including trail maps, site bulletins and other information. Through subordinates and contractors, develops new and replacement exhibits, facilities, AV programs, and other media appropriate to today’s sophisticated audience and is responsive to a developing park and has an increasing knowledge of park resources and issues. Develops interpretive media project proposals and funding requests.

Assists the Division Chief with annual planning and budget development and execution. Also ensures division review and input for parkwide planning, research, operating, and compliance documents. Serves as subject matter expert and, when requested, provides technical assistance to area federal, state, and local government agencies.


Supervises (directly or indirectly) all operational staff in the division. Direct reports include five GS-11 supervisors and specialists, including three GS-11 Interpretive Operation Supervisors, a GS-11 Education Specialist and a GS-11 Visual Information Specialist. Indirect reports include permanent, term and seasonal staff at the GS-3 through GS-9 levels. Volunteers, student interns, and partners are also employed and directed by subordinate staff year round. Staff is dispersed throughout the parklands, and some employees work up to an hour away from a direct supervisor.

In order to ensure the highest quality and accuracy of presentations to the public, incumbent and subordinate staff conduct in-depth annual training for seasonal and permanent interpretive staff, including other divisions and Western National Parks Association staff. Subject-matter experts are recruited from in-park, from universities, other national parks, and organizations throughout the region. This function includes development of formal and informal classroom presentations, and written supplementary materials, as well as ongoing coaching, mentoring, critiquing, and evaluation of each interpreter’s public programs and services. In addition, incumbent and/or subordinates serve on regional and national training teams to assist other parks and agencies to accomplish interpretive and educational competencies.

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