National Park Service
US Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Interpretive Development Program



"Specialist" interpretive positions might include jobs like Education Specialist, Visual Information or Media Specialist, and Volunteer Program Coordinators. In addition to competency in many of the front-line interpretive skills and abilities, these positions require specialty knowledge and skills like curriculum development, graphic arts, volunteer management skills, and a range of other technical abilities.


Training modules exist for the following competencies:

  • Interpreting Archeological Resources
  • Education Specialist: Developing Curriculum Based Services

In development -- competencies that support the work of specialists include:

  • Interpreting Climate Change
  • Working with Youth
  • Interpreting the Civil War
  • Working with Media Contractors
  • Facilitating Dialog/Civic Engagement