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State Parks relies upon the hard work of seasonal employees, and a seasonal position is a great way to begin a career with State Parks. The Santa Cruz District of California State Parks, which includes parks along the coast from Watsonville to Daly City and includes parks in the Santa Cruz Mountains, hires Interpretive/Public Education employees in the spring time to work in the campgrounds during the summer, and hires Maintenance and Visitor Assistance employees year-round according to park operational need. These listings are for Interpretation/ Public Education, Maintenance and Visitor Assistance positions in the Santa Cruz District of California State Parks.

For further job information in the Santa Cruz District, please call the district office at (831) 335-6318.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT - Seasonal State Park Interpreters


$12.90 per hour
Flexible Part time to Full time schedule
Position works mid-May through Labor Day (September 3, 2018)

Reporting Locations:
• Butano State Park (housing is available)
• Sunset & Manresa State Beach
• Portola Redwoods State Park (housing is available)
• Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Position Description and Duties:
Seasonal Park Interpreters promote high quality educational experiences for the public by researching, developing, promoting, and conducting natural and cultural history interpretive programs. These may include nature walks, campfire programs, AV presentations, Junior Ranger programs, living history presentations, roving interpretation and outreach presentations. Additionally, Park Interpreters compile interpretive resources and data for job-related duties. Park Interpreters might also publicize park programs through news releases and park flyers.

Minimum Qualifications:
Must be enthusiastic, organized, responsible, work well with others, and enjoy working with children and adults. Applicant should be able to communicate well verbally and in writing. Must be able to research and develop original natural or cultural historical interpretive programs.  Must possess basic computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, be a self-starter and work as part of a team. A background in environmental sciences, natural history, cultural history and/or park interpretation is preferred but not required.

How to Apply:
EMAIL resume AND completed standard state application 678 to

Año Nuevo State Park
Attn: Mike Merritt
1 New Years Creek Road
Pescadero CA 94060

To obtain a standard state application 678: Please download an application here. You may also pick up a physical copy at the Santa Cruz District Office (303 Big Trees Park Road, Felton, CA 95018).

Resume & Std. 678 DUE Monday March 1, 2018.
For more information, please call 650-879-2029.