Park Naturalist - Mackinac State Historic Parks (11/27/2020)

Application must be received by 5:00 PM November 27, 2020

Compensation: $21.07/hr. to a maximum wage of $26.18/hr. with a benefit package.

Mackinac Island State Park Commission is now accepting applications for the position listed above.  Interested applicants should visit our website at and complete the application process listed for this position posting or contact Ken Fegan at 231-436-4100 or to request an application packet.  Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted.  Requirements listed below are not conclusive.  The salary range for this position is minimum starting wage of $21.07/hr. to a maximum wage of $26.18/hr. with a benefit package.

Work location is Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Mainland administrative office in Mackinaw City.  Position will generally work 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, but will be required to work holidays, weekends (especially during the open season May through October) and evenings as park needs dictate.

This position is responsible for the natural history interpretation and recommendation of natural resource management goals, for program implementation and coordination with public interpretive groups at Mackinac State Historic Parks sites.  The Park Interpreter will hire and supervise seasonal natural and historical interpretive staff at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and has oversight over all public programs at the site including natural history and living history.

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Historic Mill Creek is situated on over 600 acres and contains more than 3 miles of trails, a segment of the North Central State Trail, Mill Creek, over a ½ mile of Lake Huron beach front, Millwrights House, Mill Dam, Water-Powered Sawmill, British Workshop, Saw Pit Demonstration Area, Restroom & Picnic Shelter, Picnic Area, Forest Friends Playground, Maple Sugar Shack, Water Power Discovery Station, Treetop Discovery Tower climbing wall, Forest Canopy Bridge, Eagle’s Flight Zip Line, David A. Armour Visitor Center, Mill Creek Service Center, Multiple Storage Buildings, 2 vault toilets, and multiple foot bridges/boardwalks.  This employee will work out of Mill Creek Discovery Park during the use season and Mackinaw City in the Winter.

Historical Mill Creek Interpretation Program

Individual tasks related to the duty.

Position functions as a member of the MSHP Museum Programs division to plan, implement and administer the natural and cultural history programs at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Position assists with seasonal staff recruitment, coordinating seasonal staff interviews and the hiring process for the seasonal interpretive staff at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. This position will also recruit, organize and supervise volunteers working in the interpretive program.  May participate in live interpretation programs including the Mill Creek Adventure Tour and demonstrate historic tools and the operation of the Mill Creek water powered sawmill.

Natural History Interpretation Programs

Individual tasks related to the duty.

  • Under the direction of the chief curator, position will plan and implement natural history interpretive programs for all MSHP sites and outreach initiatives, including but not limited to outdoor displays, nature trail exhibit panels, scenic overlooks, audio-visual presentations and guided tours. Position will develop interpretive programs and training materials for seasonal naturalists. Position will develop and conduct natural history educational outreach programs to area schools during the off-season.

Natural Resource Management

Individual tasks related to the duty.

Provide advice and information to division staff regarding natural resource management, including wetland, lakeshore and wildlife management.  Conduct research on natural history topics, attend conferences, seminars and workshops to broaden knowledge of natural history and interpretive subjects. Research and write articles, blog posts and other publications as assigned. Serve on staff committees, teams and task forces as assigned, and perform other duties related to classification as assigned.

Physical Requirements:

On a daily basis: Walking, standing, bending, lifting, kneeling, climbing, and pulling.

On a daily basis: Repetitive use of hand/power tools, operation of mowers/tractors.

On a daily basis: Chemicals for facility cleaning/sanitizing, solvents/paints for facility maintenance.

On a daily basis:  Stressful situations working with the public, emergency response, and law enforcement.

On a daily basis: Outdoor conditions such as heat, cold, sun, snow, rain, insects, poison ivy & other allergens.

On a daily basis: Rotating work schedule as assigned (days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays).



Possession of a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, park management, natural resources communication or interpretation, parks and recreation, outdoor or environmental education, fisheries and wildlife or another natural resources related field, or an education degree with an emphasis in natural science.


  • Minimum of two years advanced knowledge of natural resource management issues and natural sciences
  • Minimum of one year of supervision of not less than five seasonal full-time staff and/or full-time volunteers
  • Possession of supervisory skills needed to hire, train and supervise employees
  • Experience in historic site interpretation
  • Knowledge and understanding of the philosophy, processes and techniques of historic site interpretation
  • Knowledge and experience in live interpretation techniques
  • Knowledge and experience in historical research, specifically as it pertains to support museum programming


  • Advanced knowledge of natural resource management issues, natural sciences and history
  • Ability to express complicated concepts in language understandable to the layperson
  • Ability to plan, direct and conduct research of a natural or scientific nature
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports & correspondence related to the work
  • Knowledge of live interpretation techniques
  • Knowledge of historical interpretation techniques
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others and to maintain favorable public relations
  • Staff supervisory and interpersonal relationship skills

APPLICATION PROCESS (Applications must be RECEIVED by 5:00 PM November 27, 2020)

Interested applicants should visit our website at to review the complete job description.  To apply please send a cover letter, resume, copy of transcripts and 3 professional references to:  Mackinac State Historic Parks, Attn: Human Resources, 207 West Sinclair, Mackinaw City, MI 49701.  For additional information please contact Ken Fegan at 231-436-4100 or  Only candidates invited to interview will be contacted.  Requirements listed below are not conclusive.

Posted on 11/2/2020


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