Guide Trainees, under close supervision, learn various methods of interpreting historical facilities, sites, and objects to the visiting public; to perform routine work involving the interpretation of exhibits and historical objects; and to do other related work.

This classification is used to train individuals to interpret historical sites and facilities, primarily through guiding public tours. Work is normally on an intermittent basis.  Only temporary appointments will be made to this class. After six months of experience as a Guide Trainee, Historical Monument, incumbents become eligible to compete in the examination for the class Guide I, Historical Monument, which is the journeyperson level class in the Guide, Historical Monument, class series.

Typical Tasks
Receives training, including both on-the-job training and selected reading assignments in the various methods used in interpreting historical sites and objects and in the leading and control of public groups; conducts visitors on guided tours; explains the historical significance of the unit and exhibits to the individuals and groups; protects buildings and exhibits from theft, damage, and vandalism; explains park rules and regulations and maintains order; may assist in the cleanup and maintenance of the monument; may collect fees, keep records, and perform other related clerical tasks.

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Equivalent to the completion of the 12th grade. (Paid or nonpaid experience involving a major emphasis on oral presentation before groups may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to: Speak effectively before groups; deal tactfully with individuals and groups; analyze situations accurately and take effective action.