Thank you for your interest in working at Columbia State Historic Park. To apply for a position, complete the Standard 678 State of California Application

Interpretation is a special form of communication that helps people understand, appreciate, and emotionally connect with the rich natural and cultural heritage preserved in parks. 


Based at Columbia State Historic Park in Columbia, CA the State Park Interpreter I will provide Gold Rush era cultural interpretation and education programs to K-12 students from across California via distance learning platforms as well as in-person programs. Columbia State Historic Park is a popular location for 4th grade field trips as it is one of the best-preserved Gold Rush towns in California and provides teachers multiple opportunities to connect students to the past as well as support curriculum standards. This position will be responsible for the implementation of the parks PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students®) Program, a popular distance learning opportunity for classrooms.  They will also establish and maintain cooperative relations with California’s K-12 education community to  enhance digital engagement and in-person school group interpretation opportunities at Columbia State Historic Park. This position works to utilize 21st century tools to create equitable access to California State Parks for all of California’s youth.

The State Park Interpreter I will work under the direction of the State Park Interpreter III of the Central Valley District.

Pay: $4,514.00-$5,653.00 per month.Interpreter holding up a rocker box

Final Filing date: July 30th, 2024 

State Housing: Not available 

Work will be performed in both an indoor office environment at a computer workstation and outside in various weather conditions.

How to apply: Go to:

1. Make an account on calcareers

2. Must pass Interpreter I Exam (search on calcareers)

3. Create an STD 678 application template in order to submit application (found on calcareers account) and apply. Ensure your STD 678 includes the job code JC – 439528

Other Requirements:

Weekend and holiday work are required.

Must pass Interpreter I Exam

Must pass a background check.

For more information contact: State Park Interpreter II Holly Bailey at or 209 768 8087.

Be sure to read the instructions carefully, fill out completely and sign and date on the front page of the application before using one of the above methods to submit.


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