Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities


Welcome to Employment Opportunities with the Arkansas State Parks.

We have developed this Internet job opportunity page to help you better understand the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and employment opportunities here. As state government employees, we are responsible for making sure taxpayers' money is spent effectively and efficiently. We are obligated to serve the public fairly and courteously. We gladly accept these responsibilities and know rewarding careers are possible with our department.

I wish you the best of luck and success in your career search and choices. An interesting and challenging experience awaits employees of Arkansas State Parks. We may be the employer for you.

Sincerely,
Richard W. Davies
Executive Director

Arkansas State Parks is a division of the Department of Parks and Tourism.

The following listing of job openings pertains to positions with Arkansas State Parks. To search employment opportunities with the Tourism Divisionm please go to their employment page.

The Mission of the Arkansas State Parks is:
  • To provide optimum quality recreational and educational opportunities in sufficient quantities and conveniently located to meet the experience needs of state citizens and visitors;
  • To safeguard the natural, historical and cultural resources by providing adequate facilities and skilled leadership in state parks;
  • To enhance the economy of the state by providing recreation destinations and leisure services closely attuned to the natural, historical and cultural appeal of Arkansas, and;
  • To provide responsible leadership statewide for the conservation of valuable state resources.
We Provide Equal Opportunities and Do Not Discriminate

The Department of Parks and Tourism is committed to the concept and practice of equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability. This commitment is supported by our positive and practical efforts to implement a policy of nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action.

The Department of Parks and Tourism complies with the nondiscrimination provisions of State and Federal regulations. Our Department recruits, hires, and promotes employees without discriminating. Personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returning from layoffs, training, education, and tuition assistance are not approved or denied on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability.

Benefits

Our Department offers an excellent benefit package including immediate accrual of annual and sick leave, eleven paid holidays, and a contributory retirement plan. Our Department pays the major portion of medical health insurance for full-time employees and offers several medical plans from which to choose. These plans range from an indemnity plan with a PPO option to HMO's.

Other benefits include maternity leave, court and jury duty leave, military leave and a catastrophic illness leave program as well as Family and Medical leave. Employees with our Department may choose to participate in a deferred compensation plan and various options for life insurance, accident insurance, cancer care and intensive care insurance. Employees are also able to participate in the Arkansas Cafeteria Plan which is a program designed to allow an employee to pay for group health and life insurance premiums, dependent day care and out-of-pocket medical care costs tax free. All employees of our Department are also covered under workers' compensation and unemployment insurance.

How To Apply For Our Jobs

We only accept applications submitted online through the Arkansas State Jobs website:  www.arstatejobs.com. After reviewing our vacancies listed here, you may follow the link above to begin the application process. You will need to list the job title and/or position number to locate the vacancy listing, so make note of that information.
Nothing in our application process, its language, policies or procedures, establishes, constitutes or implies an employment contract, the guarantee of employment or benefits, or employment for any specific duration. The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is an "at-will" employer. We hope our employment relationship is long-term; however, either you or our Department may end this relationship, at any time, for any reason, with or without cause or notice.



Vacancy Listings

Vacancies are updated every Friday afternoon.


Park Interpreter I

Location: Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton, AR
Salary: $30,713
Position Number: 22092431
Closing Date: 8/28/2015
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
The Park Interpreter is responsible for planning, coordinating, directing, and presenting interpretive programs and special events to park visitors, civic groups, and private organizations. Duties include researching and recording data regarding programs, flora and fauna of the park, organizing and preparing press releases, reports, and brochures, preparing presentations, exhibits, and written scripts for audio-visual programs, supervising park operations in the absence of other uniformed personnel, and assisting the superintendent in planning and operations. Other duties include trail walks, kayak tours, demonstrations, public relations, conservation and protection of plant and animal life in the park, trail development and maintenance, performing office duties, providing monthly input to the superintendent and program services department, and other duties as assigned. Applicant must be able to work a varied shift, including weekends and holidays, work in inclement weather, traverse rough terrain on foot and lift 50 pounds. A criminal background check and a driver’s record check will be performed.

This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance, and retirement pension. Housing and utilities are provided.

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications:the formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in natural science, communications, parks and recreation management, or a related field. 

We are an EOE/ADA/AA employer. Minorities and women encouraged to apply.

 Applications accepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.

 

 


Park Interpreter

Location: Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena, AR
Salary: $30,713
Position Number: 22092069
Closing Date: 8/28/2015
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
This position plans and presents interpretive education programs and special events to park visitors, schools, civic groups and private organizations.  Applicant must have knowledge of Arkansas flora, fauna, geology, history, recreation, and natural resources. Job duties include researching and recording data about park resources and programs, writing press releases, newspaper articles, flyers, brochures and scripts for programs, preparing and delivering presentations using PowerPoint and other audio-visual equipment, and assisting the park superintendent in planning and operations.  Other job duties include conducting hikes, demonstrations, school programming, extensive public relations outreach, providing customer service, assisting with the maintenance of hiking trails, serving as part of the park’s search and rescue team, and performing office and front desk duties as necessary.  Will serve as manager on duty in the absence of other uniformed personnel.  Must be able to work a varied shift including weekends and holidays, be able to traverse rough terrain and have a valid driver’s license.  Overnight travel required on occasion.  A criminal background check and driver’s check is required.

This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance, and retirement pension. On-site housing and utilities provided.

Applicants must meet or exceed these qualifications: The formal educational equivalent of a bachelor's degree in natural science, communications, parks and recreation management, or a related field. 

EOE/AA/ADA: Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Applications accepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.


Shoreline Restaurant – COOKS, SERVERS

Location: DeGray Lake Resort State Park- Bismarck, AR
Hourly Wage: $7.50 plus benefits
Position Number:
Closing Date: On Going
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
Shoreline Restaurant – COOKS, SERVERS
Cooks with previous kitchen experience preferred. $7.50/hour + benefits.
Servers must have experience handling money, public contact & criminal background check. $3.00/hour +
tips + benefits.
Please complete an application at the Lodge Front Desk
PART-TIME/SEASONAL BENEFITS
The benefit package offered to part-time/seasonal employees includes paid holidays, a contributory
retirement plan, and coverage under workers' compensation. Part-time/seasonal employees with our
Department may also choose to participate in a deferred compensation plan.
We Provide Equal Opportunities and Do Not Discriminate
The Department of Parks and Tourism is committed to the concept and practice of equal employment opportunity without
regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability. This commitment is supported by our positive and
practical efforts to implement a policy of nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action.
The Department of Parks and Tourism complies with the nondiscrimination provisions of State and Federal regulations.
Our Department recruits, hires, and promotes employees without discriminating. Personnel actions such as compensation,
benefits, transfers, layoffs, returning from layoffs, training, education, and tuition assistance are not approved or denied
on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability.
Nothing in our application process, its language, policies or procedures, establishes, constitutes or implies an employment
contract, the guarantee of employment or benefits, or employment for any specific duration. The Arkansas Department of
Parks and Tourism is an "at-will" employer. We hope our employment relationship is long-term; however, either you or our
Department may end this relationship, at any time, for any reason, with or without cause or notice.


Lodge – FRONT DESK CLERKS

Location: DeGray Lake Resort State Park- Bismarck, AR
Hourly Wage: $7.50 plus benefits
Position Number:
Closing Date: On Going
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
Immediate PART-TIME Openings
Lodge – FRONT DESK CLERKS
Clerks must have experience handling money, public contact and computer skills.
Criminal background check required. $7.50/hour + benefits.
Shoreline Restaurant – COOKS, SERVERS
Cooks with previous kitchen experience preferred. $7.50/hour + benefits.
Servers must have experience handling money, public contact & criminal background check. $3.00/hour +
tips + benefits.
Please complete an application at the Lodge Front Desk
PART-TIME/SEASONAL BENEFITS
The benefit package offered to part-time/seasonal employees includes paid holidays, a contributory
retirement plan, and coverage under workers' compensation. Part-time/seasonal employees with our
Department may also choose to participate in a deferred compensation plan.
We Provide Equal Opportunities and Do Not Discriminate
The Department of Parks and Tourism is committed to the concept and practice of equal employment opportunity without
regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability. This commitment is supported by our positive and
practical efforts to implement a policy of nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action.
The Department of Parks and Tourism complies with the nondiscrimination provisions of State and Federal regulations.
Our Department recruits, hires, and promotes employees without discriminating. Personnel actions such as compensation,
benefits, transfers, layoffs, returning from layoffs, training, education, and tuition assistance are not approved or denied
on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability.
Nothing in our application process, its language, policies or procedures, establishes, constitutes or implies an employment
contract, the guarantee of employment or benefits, or employment for any specific duration. The Arkansas Department of
Parks and Tourism is an "at-will" employer. We hope our employment relationship is long-term; however, either you or our
Department may end this relationship, at any time, for any reason, with or without cause or notice.
Employment Opportunities
Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
at
DeGray Lake Resort State Park
Lodge/Convention Center
DeGray Lake Resort Lodge & Convention Center
is a 94-room hotel, restaurant and conference
center facility located off of Hwy 7 on DeGray
Lake, approximately 10-minutes north of
Interstate 30 (Exit #78 Caddo Valley).
Visit our website:
www.degray.com


Extra-help Travel Consultant

Location: Arkansas Welcome Center, Helena-West Helena, AR
Hourly Wage: $7.25
Position Number: 22092047
Closing Date: On Going
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
This position will work as needed year around and part time, greeting visitors entering the center, mapping out routes, and providing travel and tourism information about Arkansas.  Other duties include stocking and helping to maintain the cleanliness of the center.  Must be able to move up to 50 pounds and be available to work weekends and holidays.  Applicants must have the formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; experience in customer service and computer literacy preferred.

Apply in-person or send a completed state application to:       Arkansas Welcome Center
                                                                                               1007 Martin Luther King Drive
                                                                                               Helena-West Helena, AR  72342


Seasonal Jobs

Location: Statewide
Hourly Wage: $7.25 - $12.00
Position Number: 2209XXXX
Closing Date: On Going
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
Many state parks, museums, and tourist information centers are hiring seasonal employees now.

WE HAVE MANY SEASONAL JOBS!

Job duties vary but areas include maintenance, construction, housekeeping, store clerks, accounting clerks, waitstaff, cooks, and office/clerical support.

Work hours vary (from 15 up to 40 hours or more per week) as do work schedules (weekdays, weekends, holidays, and evening work).

FOR THESE JOBS, YOU MUST APPLY AT THE PARK, MUSEUM, OR TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER WHERE YOU WISH TO WORK. WE DO NOT HIRE SEASONAL WORKERS FOR FIELD LOCATIONS THROUGH THE CENTRAL PERSONNEL OFFICE, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SEASONAL INTERPRETERS.

Apply at the location of your choice. Locations and phone numbers may be found at:  http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/park-finder/.   We hire throughout the season, but some jobs go fast so apply early! 

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