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.

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.


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.

Facility Manager I

Location: Mississippi River State Park. Marianna, AR
Salary: $24,065
Position Number: 22092604
Closing Date: 11/14/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position supervises the overall operation of the park visitor center and gift shop, including inventory and resale merchandise. Job duties include preparing work schedules, supervising and training employees, revenue reports and providing basic maintenance and cleaning to the visitor center. This position greets customers, registers campers, and provides local and statewide tourism information. Weekend and holiday work is required. Applicant must possess a valid driver’s license and should be skilled in the Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Outlook, Word, and Excel. A driver’s record check and 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 education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus three years of experience in business, marketing, or a related field, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity. 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.



Location: Lake Ouachita State Park
Salary: $19,798
Position Number: 22143403
Closing Date: 10/31/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of cabins and public areas of park facilities. The housekeeper works under direct supervision of the Housekeeping Supervisor and shares in the responsibility of supervising other seasonal staff members. Job duties include changing bed linens, sanitizing bathrooms, washing dishes, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, and other duties as assigned. Applicant must be able to work a varied schedule, including weekends and holidays.  Applicant must be able to move 50lbs, have avalid driver’s license and have the ability to read, write and follow directions. 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 equivalent of on-the-job training and/or experience in operating laundry machines and equipment and/or housekeeping operations in facilities. Three or more years’ experience in housekeeping preferred. Non-qualified applicants need not apply.


Weare an EOE/ADA/AA employer. Minoritiesand women encouraged to apply.


Applicationsaccepted 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.


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).


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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