Park Interpreter

County of Riverside
$41,792 - $64,374 Per year CA Parks and Recreation Dept - City of Riverside, 6927 Magnolia Ave #2, Riverside, CA 92506, United States Apply before 5/24/2024 11:59



The Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District has an opportunity for a Park Interpreter in Idyllwild at the Idyllwild Nature Center.

Qualified applicants may be considered for future vacancies throughout the County.  

The Idyllwild Nature Center is located one mile northwest of Idyllwild on Highway 243 in Riverside County. The Center offers field trips, environmental education programs and guided tours by appointment. The offered programs focus on mountain ecology, habitats, flora and fauna, Cahuilla Native culture and the history of the San Jacinto. Additionally, nature walks and natural history lectures are offered during the summer.

Under general supervision, the Park Interpreter will develop and conduct a natural science and historical interpretive program at the Idyllwild Nature Center; assist in training other personnel in interpretive techniques; and do other work as required. The Park Interpreter will supervise a Park Aide and volunteers.

The Park Interpreter will also be responsible for running the visitor center. Main duties include designing, planning, coordinating, and conducting interpretive programs and events; scheduling, training, and overseeing employees and volunteers; interacting extensively with visitors; handling and performing caretaker duties for animals including reptiles, snakes, and arachnids; and performing light janitorial work.

Competitive experience includes educating children, event planning, and experience preparing or creating lessons and curriculum. If you love history and enjoy sharing what you know in a fun and inviting way, apply today! 

This position requires being outdoors, so applicants who enjoy being outdoors or with a naturalist, park ranger, or similar background are encouraged to apply. Weekend availability may be required for events.

Meet the Team!

The Riverside County

is a nationally accredited agency who strives to be the regional leader in improving lives through people, parks, places, and programs. Their mission is to acquire, protect, develop, manage, and interpret for the inspiration, use, and enjoyment of all people, a well-balanced system of areas of outstanding scenic, recreational, and historic importance.


• Plans and develops a natural science and historical interpretive and conservation education program in a district park area; administers one or more interpretive centers; assists in construction and/or the maintenance of interpretive buildings, exhibits, and nature trails.

• Organizes and participates in nature walks, campfire programs, and other natural science and historical interpretive activities.

• Assists in training other employees and volunteers in interpretive methods and techniques.

• Organizes volunteer and docent groups to assist in interpretive center operations; performs natural science research of average difficulty.

• Compiles information and writes or edits natural science articles, reports, and other interpretive program materials; Makes reports and recommendations.

• Coordinates with schools and community organizations in regard to conservation, natural science features and historical sites of Riverside County.


Knowledge of:

Methods and procedures for developing and maintaining park natural areas; Natural history, archaeology, cultural heritage, flora, and fauna of the coastal plain, mountain, and low desert regions of southern California; Methods and procedures for developing nature and environmental programs at the primary, secondary, and adult education levels; Natural and biological sciences; Principles of ecology, field collection, identification and preparation of laboratory and study specimens; Audio-visual techniques, including photography and basic exhibit concepts.

Ability to:

Interpret nature and environmental programs to the general public; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; Perform the physical labor required as a part of normal job assignments.


Experience: One year of experience as a Park Aide with Riverside County Parks District or /an equivalent position.


Education: Possession of a Bachelor's Degree from a recognized college with major work in the Natural Sciences, Park Administration, or a closely related field. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year for year basis. Substitution of experience for education will be made on the basis of 30 semester or 45 quarter units being equal to one year of experience.)


Experience: One year of experience performing parks, nature, or wildlife interpretive functions for a parks or forestry department, educational institution, museum, or other related institution, or teaching natural sciences at the high school or college level.

Other Requirements

License/Certificate: Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

Physical Exposures:
Heat, smells, animals and rattlesnakes

Wednesday-Sunday 8am-4:30pm
(some evenings may be required based on events and department need)


Please read and follow any special application instructions on this posting. Click the 'Apply' link located on this page to submit your application. For instructions on the application process, examinations, Veteran's preference, pre-employment accommodation or other employment questions, please refer to our web site, . A pre-employment physical examination and background check may be required.