ULC Purple Book Course Description

Interpretive Services
Control Number: 72
Course Number: 53INT01A
CEUs: 1.9     PDHs: 0.0     LUs: 0.0     PDUs: 0.0     CMs: 0.0     ACE: 0.0     CEHs: 0.0
This course is intended for those employees in natural resources management career fields and others who have interpretation or related job responsibilities. The course is designed to develop the skills of Interpretive Services and Outreach Program managers in the Corps to show how to develop, evaluate, and contract interpretive media, and to demonstrate the use of regulations that can enhance the Interpretive Services and Outreach Program.

After completing the course, the student should be able to develop and maintain an effective interpretive services program. Topics covered include (a) definitions of interpretation and outreach; (b) objectives of Corps interpretive efforts; (c) role of the manager in interpretation; (d) target groups and media selection; (e) use of volunteers; (f) use of cooperating associations; (g) visitor center exhibit and wayside contracts; and (h) interpretive planning and evaluation.

Nominees must be assigned (a) Occupational Series: 023, 025, 026, 028 and 1001 as well as all the 400 series; (b) Grade: GS-05 or above; (c) employees in job series other than those listed above who have interpretation as part of their job responsibilities. It is recommended, but not required, that nominees have completed Certified Interpretive Guide training by the National Association for Interpretation or equivalent training.


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