July 2018

⭐ Highlight Our Interpreters:

To nominate next month's interpreter(s) email with your nomination. All it takes is 5 minutes to recognize your fellow interpreters. 

2019 Conference Preparation

Did you have fun at the Region 9 Workshops?  What, you didn't make it?  Don't worry, you didn't miss your chance to volunteer to help out with next year's workshops!  There was a meeting about them where we got some good input and offers of help, but now I'm looking at YOU.  Now's the time to get involved and do your part to make the 2019 Workshop even better. 
Do you want to be more involved with NAI Region 9? Have I got the perfect opportunity for you!  The 2019 Workshop committee desperately needs help with logistics. Please contact Elise McFarland at

Check out our new leadership team on the Region 9 website.

Thought Provoking Readings and Tools for Your Down-Time

Understanding Maslow's Theory of Self-Actualization
Article Written by Cynthia Vinney
Posted to Facebook by Elise McFarland

"Psychologist Abraham Maslow's theory of self-actualization contends that individuals are motivated to fulfill their potential in life. Self-actualization is typically discussed in conjunction with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which posits that self-actualization sits at the top of a hierarchy above four "lower" needs..."
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Reconciliation through Interpretation
Article Written by Jacquie Gilson
Posted to Facebook by Kevin Damstra

"I just finished a thought provoking online course called Reconciliation through Indigenous Education and it inspired me to reflect upon how the field of interpretation could contribute to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. I humbly admit to knowing very little about this topic, but I wanted to share my key learnings from the course and hope that this diablog will spur some conversation on the topic within the field of interpretation. I have very little experience in working with Indigenous peoples and look forward to hearing from others on this topic.

I’ve summarized my learnings into three R’s of Reconciliation: Respect, Relationships and Reconsidering, and have incorporated ideas we covered in the course, as well as examples that I know about from my over 30 years’ experience in interpretation..."
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Posted to Facebook by Kevin Damstra 

Welcome to Native Land. This is a resource for North Americans (and others) to find out more about local Indigenous territories and languages.
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NAI Region 9 Opportunities Board

 *Important Note: No organization paid in any form for advertising. All opportunities listed below were posted onto the NAI Region 9 Facebook page by individuals or emailed to me directly, and the listings were transferred here for your convenience. If you would like your organization's job opening/opportunity to be featured in this section, please submit to either or post an advertisement to the NAI Region 9 group on Facebook and I will do my best to include it in next month's newsletter. Thank you.*
Job Opportunities
Park Interpretive Specialist San Simeon, CA
California State Parks
Job Posting

The reporting location is 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452.  This position will work under the direction of the District Services Manager.  This position may assist with the interpretation and education programs of the District that include Morro Bay State Park, Montaña de Oro State Park, Estero Bluffs State Park, Harmony Headlands State Park, Hearst San Simeon State Park and outreach throughout San Luis Obispo County.  This position will assist with planning, coordinating, implementing and delivering interpretive and educational programming within the District and community designed to reduce disturbance to wildlife.  This position will learn the natural, cultural and recreational resources within the District and may interpret them in programs such as educational walks and talks, Junior Ranger programs, school tours, campfire programs, roving interpretation/education stations, outreach programs, and special community events.  This is a seasonal position that may work up to 1500 hours per year.  Work shifts will vary (20-39 hours per week).  Must be able to work holidays, weekends and evenings.  This position will be responsible for complying with the Department uniform standards and as an employee of California State Parks; the incumbent shall adhere to the Department performance standards.

Park Interpretive Specialist Arnold, CA
California State Parks
Job Posting

If you love working with technology and have a passion for teaching kids, this might be the job for you! Calaveras Big Trees State Park has partnered with Save the Redwoods League to bring redwood science programs to K-12 students using live streaming technology during the 2018/2019 school year. Dorm style housing is available. Work includes delivery of redwood science interpretive programs to a diverse audience of K-12 students using distance learning platforms (Skype, Zoom, etc…), creating digital content for use by educators and researchers, social media, including live streaming on several platforms (Instagram, Periscope, etc…), development of virtual and augmented reality products, in-person field trip and traditional interpretive presentations, and cross-promotion and collaboration between California State Parks and Save the Redwoods League.

State Park Interpreter II/State Park Interpreter I in Sacramento, CA
California State Parks
Job Posting

This position will work under the direction of the California State Park Museum Director. The State Park Interpreter II will plan, develop and coordinate high quality interpretive programming and events at Old Sacramento SHP, California State Railroad Museum, and other Capital District sites.  This includes working collaboratively with partners, other staff, and volunteers to deliver quality exhibits and other interpretive programs and events to diverse audiences.  The Interpreter II will coordinate exhibit development and be tasked with expanding other social media and digital interpretive program offerings for the sector.  This position will work proactively with other State Park staff and partners to maintain and provide oversight to park unit websites, social media pages, and other media materials.  This position will be part of a multidisciplinary team that researches, creates and installs professional museum exhibits.  The Interpreter II will also provide guidance to sector volunteer programs to help ensure that the units provide quality visitor service and interpretive programs. Will also consider hiring a State Park Interpreter I for recruitment purposes

Conservation Interpretation Manager in Fresno, CA
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Job Posting

Under the general direction of the Chief Conservation Education Officer, this position is responsible to cultivate an effective team of Conservation Interpreters who provide excellent experiences to Zoo guests. The position also develops oral and visual educational messaging throughout the Zoo.
Interpretive Student Aide I/II in Alameda/Contra Costa County, CA
East Bay Regional Park District
Job Posting

Interpretive Student Aides are currently enrolled high school and college students who work alongside Naturalist staff to provide interpretive programs and public information in a park visitor center and surrounding parklands. These paid positions are designed for students considering a career in interpretation, environmental education, natural history, cultural history, or park professions while supplementing their current coursework in natural science and/or cultural history. In addition to gaining natural and cultural history information relating to parks, students will develop interpretive skills in this training position.
Programs and Communications Manager (F/T) in Mill Valley, CA
Project Coyote
Job Posting

The Programs and Communications Manager is responsible for implementing and coordinating current programs and campaigns with Project Coyote staff, state representatives, advisors, and volunteers. In addition, the Programs and Communications Manager will produce and coordinate communications/written materials for Project Coyote including, but not limited to, organizational e‐newsletters, blogs, e‐appeals, news releases and funding proposals as they relate to the organization’s advocacy programs and campaigns. S/he will report to the Executive Director and work closely with staff, consultants and advisors. We are looking for an energetic person to join a highly effective and exciting organization that is undergoing strategic expansion.
Part-Time Educator in Multiple Locations (Sacramento, CA and Reno, NV)
Sierra Nevada Journeys
Job Posting- Sacramento, CA
Job Posting- Reno, NV

SNJ is seeking dynamic education professionals to help expand the program base for Sierra Nevada Journeys in Reno, NV. This position requires motivated individuals with an engaging personality and an insistence on excellence who is passionate about building scientific literacy and critical thinking capacity through outdoor science education across classrooms that mirror the demographics in Northern Nevada. We are seeking someone prepared to teach in a variety of settings (classroom, outdoors, family science nights), grade and analyze assessments and support the overall education operations of the Classrooms Unleashed program. The position requires an individual who is able to thrive independently and work well on a team, and who is committed to supporting a non-profit on the cutting edge of the Informal Education industry. Part-time Educators will report directly to SNJ’s Reno Program Manager. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references to In the subject line of your email please include “PT Educator” and your last name.
Program Director in Oakland, CA
Bay Area Wilderness Training
Job Posting

The Program Director, who reports directly to the Executive Director, has broad and deep responsibilities to ensure that Bay Area Wilderness Training is fully meeting the goals set forth in the organization’s mission and vision. It has been said that the Program Director is the “heart beat” of the organization and as such they play a key role in supervising and hiring program staff, creating and ensuring high quality programs, and maximizing organizational reach, capacity, and efficiency. Top areas of responsibility include supervision and management, program development, oversight of client services, partnerships, growth, data tracking and reporting, and support of organizational operations.  Currently, the Program Director oversees a team of four staff with the potential to grow.

Volunteer, Certification, and Learning Opportunities
Fall 2018 Certified Training Salmon and Trout Education Program (STEP) in Monterey, CA
Monterey Salmon and Trout Project

Join the STEP team on the banks of the San Lorenzo River in beautiful Felton for a weekend of field studies practice and training in the delivery of NGSS0supporting STEP lesson plans. Deepen your content knowledge by learning the salmonoid life cycle and habitat. Learn more about aquatic insects and their connection to clean water. Work in a NOAA lab and streamside, participating in rotation stations that include: water chemistry sampling, calculating stream flow, stream mapping, conducting a benthic macroinvertebrate survey, and utilizing dissolved oxygen sensors, pH strips, and conductivity/total dissolved solids/salinity dataloggers. Learn how to effectively deliver the NGSS lesson plans included in the curriculum and how to engage your students with the included activities and field studies. 
Calendar of Events
Advertise your events here. This newsletter reaches nearly 1,000 interpreters within Region 9. If your organization is looking for some free advertising, look no further. What better group to advertise your interpretive programs to than a group of fellow interpreters? Email with any events you want to add.
Upcoming Events and Programs throughout Region 9. Click on dates for more info:


  • July- East Bay Regional Parks District Events Calendar
    • "Regional in Nature" guide for May-June
  • July- California State Parks Events Calendar
    • Many unique events at State Parks throughout the state of CA
  • July- National Parks Service Events Calendar (CA)
    • Many unique events at National Parks throughout the state of CA
  • July- Nevada State Parks Events Calendar
    • Many unique events at State Parks throughout the state of NV
  • July- National Parks Service Events Calendar (NV)
    • Many unique events at National Parks throughout the state of NV
  • November 27-December 1, 2018- 2018 NAI National Conference in New Orleans, LA
    • As we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year, the theme for the 2018 NAI National Conference, “It’s Our Time,” is an opportunity to reflect on the important role interpretation has played in the past, to analyze the profession in the present, and how we can improve to shape a better future. 
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