Employment Opportunities


Welcome to Employment Opportunities with the Arkansas State Parks.

We have developed this Internet job opportunity page to help you better understand our Department and employment opportunities. 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 a rewarding career is 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 for other employment opportunities with the Tourism Division 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 Superintendent IV

Location: Mt. Magazine State Park- Paris, AR
Salary: $41,159
Position Number: 22116845
Closing Date: 12/26/14
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

The Park Superintendent IV is responsible for overseeing the operation of the facilities of the park. Job duties include supervising employees, managing budgets, monitoring daily expenditures, scheduling work hours, producing preventative and routine maintenance schedules, overseeing construction projects, and assisting with special events. The Park Superintendent IV participates with a planning team to develop programs and facilities, alter procedures, determine revenue sources and cost containment ideas.

 

Thisposition offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance, and retirement pension. Housing is provided.

 

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications: the formal equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in business, park management, hospitality management, or a related field, plus four years of experience in park management, including four years of supervisory experience. 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Apply online ONLY at: www.arstatejobs.com.

 

Park Ranger II

Location: Historic Washingto, Washington, AR
Salary: $30,713
Position Number: 22092483
Closing Date: 12/19/14
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position is responsible for ensuring the safety of park visitors and protecting the resources of the park by obtaining voluntary compliance with laws and park regulations. Duties include supervising marina and marina staff, overseeing search operations, administering first-aid, patrolling to deter crime, and preparing accident/incident reports as required. The Park Ranger assists in the management and operations of the park and is subject to 24-hour call. Must be able to traverse rough terrain and work in inclement weather.

 

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 qualificationsthe formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, park management, or a related field, plus one year of experience as a park ranger or law enforcement officer, including one year of supervisory experience. Must possess valid driver's license and have completed the Arkansas law enforcement certification training in accordance with ACA 12-9-106.Non-qualified applicants need not apply.

 

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

 

 

Apply online ONLY at: www.arstatejobs.com.

 

Administrative Specialist II

Location: DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck, AR
Salary: $21,827
Position Number: 22092251
Closing Date: 12/19/14
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position works in the sales department, assisting the Sales Director and Assistant Sales Director in attracting groups to the park and coordinating events. Job duties include answering the phone, making group reservations, typing reports, contracts, and correspondence, assisting with event set-up and coordination, researching data for reports, and performing other duties as assigned. Applicant must be able to work a varied schedule, including weekends, holidays, and evenings, and must be experienced with Microsoft Office. A criminal background check is required.

 

Position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance, and retirement pension.

 

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications: the formal education equivalent of a high school diploma plus two years of experience in a specialized or related area applicable to work performed. Unqualified individuals need not apply.

 

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

 

Applications accepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.

 

Park Office Manager I

Location: Mississippi River State Park, Marianna, AR
Salary: $25,268
Position Number: 22125454
Closing Date: 12/26/14
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

The Office Manager audits invoices, posts and reconciles daily cash receipts, prepares cash reports and bank deposits and compiles information for various reports.  Other job duties include assisting in budget preparation, purchasing, monitoring expenses, employee timekeeping and various payroll support duties.  Extensive knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office software is necessary.  A driver’s record check and a criminal background check will be performed.

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

 

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications: the formal equivalent of a high school diploma; plus three years of experience in bookkeeping, administrative support, or a related field. Non-qualified individuals need not apply.

 

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

 

 

 

Apply online ONLY at: www.arstatejobs.com.

 

Park Interpreter

Location: Crowley's Ridge State Park, Paragould, AR
Salary: $29,251
Position Number: 22092027
Closing Date: 12/26/14
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position plans, coordinates, and presents interpretive education programs and special events for park visitors, schools, civic groups and private organizations. Applicant must have knowledge of flora, fauna, geology, history, recreation and natural resources. Position researches and records data regarding park resources and programs, writes press releases, newspaper articles, flyers, brochures, scripts for programs and delivers presentations using audio-visual equipment. Other duties include, assisting with supervision of park operations, planning, trail maintenance, and performing office and front desk duties as necessary. Must possess a valid driver’s license, be able to traverse rough terrain and work a varied shift, including weekends and holidays.A criminal background check and a driver’s record check are required. 

 

This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, healthinsurance, and retirement pension. Housing is provided.

 

Applicants must meet or exceed these qualifications: the formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in natural science, communications, parks and recreation management, or a related field.Unqualified individuals need not apply.

 

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

 

Apply online ONLY at: www.arstatejobs.com.

 

Maintenance Assistant

Location: Cossator River State Park/Wickes, AR
Salary: $20,788
Position Number: 22143396
Closing Date: 12/19/14
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position performs general maintenance on grounds, facilities, equipment, and trails. Duties include seasonal grounds work such as mowing and weed trimming, cleaning restrooms and facilities, landscaping, performing minor electrical, carpentry, and plumbing repairs. This position is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of a variety of park equipment and vehicles and will perform other duties as assigned. Applicant must be able to work a varied schedule, including weekends and holidays, possess a valid driver’s license, traverse rough terrain and lift up to 50 lbs. 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.

 

Applicants must meet or exceed these qualifications: completion of sufficient education or training to read and write; plus two years of experience/on-the-job training, performing grounds keeping and/or the maintenance of lawn-care equipment. Unqualified applicants need not apply.

 

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

 

Applications accepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.

Assistant Lodge Sales Director

Location: DeGray Lake Resort State Park- Bismarck, AR
Salary: $25,268
Position Number: 22092092
Closing Date: 12/26/14
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position meets with clients, greets & assists guests, gives tours of the property and makes suggestions for group events and special activities. Maintains files, statistical data and account histories on qualified leads. Schedules meeting room space, equipment and personnel. Supervises employees. Attends and participates in community events, sales meetings, vendor fairs, and other activities that assist in the promotion of the park. Applicant must possess excellent communication and organizational skills. This position will work a varied schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays as required.  

 

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

 

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications: the formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus two years of experience in event planning, sales or hotel/motel management, or a related field. Unqualified individuals need not apply.

 

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

 

Applications accepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.

Maintenance Technician- Animal Curator

Location: Washington
Salary: $26,531
Position Number: 22092133
Closing Date: 12/19/14
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position plans, maintains and operates the park’s animal program. Duties include maintaining, caring for, and keeping records on the park’s animals. Must have knowledge of domesticated farm animals, including cows, horses, mules, sheep and chickens. Other job duties include presenting interpretive programming for park visitors related to the animal program and 19thcentury life, formulating and implementing a pasture maintenance program, building and maintaining fencing, structures and tack. Applicant must also be competent as a driver of wagons, carriages, surreys, and horse-drawn farm implements. Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to traverse rough terrain on foot.

 

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

 

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications: the formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus two years of vocational technical training in maintenance; plus two years of experience in general maintenance, including one year in a leadership capacity. 

 

 

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

 

 

Applications accepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com

 

Maintenance Specialist

Location: Cossatot River State Park, Wickes, AR
Salary: $25,268
Position Number: 22092036
Closing Date: 12/19/14
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position maintains state park grounds, facilities, and equipment. Job duties include maintaining equipment, basic plumbing, carpentry, painting, electrical and mechanical work, performing landscaping tasks such as mowing and weed trimming, removing trash, and maintaining boundary lines and trails. This position will also maintain equipment history and trail maintenance records and perform other duties as assigned. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license, be able to traverse rough terrain, and be able to work a varied schedule, including holidays and weekends. A driver’s record check will be performed.

 

Position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance, and retirement pension.

 

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications: the formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus one year of experience or training in the building construction trades, general building maintenance, or in the repair or maintenance of mechanical equipment. Unqualified applicants need not apply.

 

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

 

Applications accepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.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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