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State Park Explorer Specialist

Each specialist is responsible for the mentoring and training of summer interpretive staff and the evaluation of programs and services offered at assigned park sites to assure the overall quality of the program. The Explorer Specialist is assigned seven to 12 parks, and each park is visited at least once every 14 days.

The Explorer Specialist is responsible for mentoring and coaching their assigned Explorer Guides on interpretive techniques, program marketing and answering resource-related questions and providing guidance and information on DNR objectives. They will regularly develop, implement and evaluate interpretive programs, monitor work performed by temporary or seasonal staff and present effective and engaging interpretive-educational programs.

Specialists will be flexible and organized and have the skills necessary to maintain a timely and accurate flow of reports. Extensive travel within a region of the state is required.


  • Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in a field related to natural resources, natural sciences, or an education degree with an endorsement in science.  Applicants should also be able to demonstrate the ability to present public programs, have a working knowledge of Michigan’s natural resources, and have experience in leading or directing the work of others.
  • Regular travel is required; an applicant must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Schedule: 40 hours/week. Must be willing to work afternoons, evenings, weekends, and holidays.  Hours and days of work will vary based on program schedules of assigned Explorer Guides and planned site visits. Positions begin with training in May & continue through the summer, ending approximately Labor Day.
  • This is a non-career position. Pay starts at the same rate as Park Interpreter 9 (currently $23.47 to $29.18 per hour) but no benefits are provided.

How to Apply

Availability and number of Explorer Specialist positions may vary from year to year. All vacancies for these positions will be posted on the Michigan government jobs website:

When posted, please follow application instructions as listed. Be advised that you will be asked to provide a copy of your transcripts, a DNR Employment Application, and a resume substantiating your education & experience.