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Welcome to Employment Opportunities with the Arkansas Department Parks and Tourism.

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 the Department of Parks and Tourism. We may be the employer for you.
Sincerely,
Richard W. Davies
Executive Director

The Mission of the Department of Parks and Tourism is:

  • to provide optimum quality state park recreation facilities conveniently located and in sufficient quantity to meet the needs of all state citizens and visitors;
  • to provide adequate facilities and skilled leadership for developing and safeguarding natural resources;
  • to enhance the economic impact of tourism in the state and increase the state's tax base;
  • to collect, preserve, and make available for public use historical items and resource materials;
  • to provide executive direction and effective administration of fiscal controls, accounting, purchasing, internal audit, personnel management, and public information for all divisions of the Department;
  • to enhance the quality of life for all citizens; and
  • to promote associated social, cultural and economic values.

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.

Applications are only accepted through http://www.arstatejobs.com.

Vacancy Listings


Administrative Specialist III

Location: Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, Washington, AR
Salary: $25,268
Position Number: 22134033
Closing Date: 10/03/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position assists with the daily operation of the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives (SARA), a regional branch facility of the Arkansas History Commission, located in Historic Washington State Park. Duties include providingadministrative support; giving research assistance to patrons; general archival maintenance and processing; and assisting with special events, tours, and outreach of the agency. A background in libraries or archives with a knowledge of American and Arkansas history is preferred.

 

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

 

The minimum qualifications for this position are: The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus one year of college education in a related field; plus three years of experience in a specialized or a related field applicable to work performed.

 
Applications accepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.


Software Support Analyst

Location: Central Admin MIS, Little Rock, AR
Salary: $39,199 - $41,612
Position Number: 22156045
Closing Date: 10/10/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position is responsible for programming and maintaining software applications,providing guidance on the impact of new systems and system enhancements, identifying problems with software applications, communicating with users to help them with their data processing needs, developing and/or maintaining reports, and other duties that enhance systems capabilities to satisfy internal and external customer needs and to meet agency goals. The ability to developand code with PHP, JavaScript, Microsoft SQL, as well as familiarity withMicrosoft Access, VB, .NET, Internet applications and HTML is desired. The applicant will trouble shoot and research software problems. Strong verbal and written communication skills are necessary. A criminal background check isrequired.

 

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: the formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in computer science, mathematics, or a related field; plus two years of experience in programming and/or system analysis.Unqualified individuals need not apply.

 

EOE/AA/ADA – Women and minorities areencouraged to apply.

 

Applicationsaccepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.

 


Park Interpreter

Location: Bull Shoals White River State Park, Lake View, AR
Salary: $29,251
Position Number: 22134019
Closing Date: 10/10/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position 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 slide 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. Duties also include trail walks, lake barge and river boat tours, demonstrations, public relations, conservation and protection of plant and animal life in the park, developing new trails, performing office duties, and providing monthly input to the superintendent and program services department. 

 

This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance, and retirement pension. Housing and utilities are not provided.

 

Minimum qualifications are the formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in natural science, communications, parks and recreation management.

 

 

Applicationsaccepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.

 


Maintenance Technician (Animal Curator)

Location: Historic Washington State Park, Washington, AR
Salary: $26,531
Position Number: 22092133
Closing Date: 10/10/2014
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, such as cows, horses, mules, goats, and chickens. Other job duties include driving the park’s surrey, presenting interpretive programming for park visitors related to the animal program and 19thcentury life, formulating and implementing a pasture maintenance program, building and maintaining period appropriate fencing and structures, maintaining tack, and other duties as assigned. Applicant must also be competent as a driver of wagons, carriages, surreys, and horse-drawn farm implements. Must have a valid driver’slicense and be able to traverse rough terrain on foot. Will check driver’s record. This position works some weekends, holidays and often has a flexible schedule.

 

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 livestock care. Special consideration will be given to experience with livestock drawn vehicle operations or farrier experience. Unqualifiedindividuals need not apply.

 

EOE/AA/ADA  Women and minoritiesare encouraged to apply.

 

Applicationsaccepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.

 


Lodge Cook

Location: Historic Washington State Park, Washington, AR
Salary: $22,919
Position Number: 22143416
Closing Date: 10/03/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position assists in the operation of the park’s restaurant facility. Job duties include assisting in meal planning and food preparation, taking inventory, ordering food and non-food supplies, training new employees, and maintaining a clean, sanitary and safe food preparation area. Applicant will assist in other restaurant duties as assigned and will be required to work a varied schedule, including weekends and holidays.

 

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: the educational equivalent of a high school diploma, plus one year experience in restaurant or institutional cooking or 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.

 


 


Museum Registrar

Location: Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, Smackover, AR
Salary: $26,531
Position Number: 22091968
Closing Date: 10/10/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position is responsible for all aspects of museum registration, including maintaining all records of loans, donations, accessions, deaccessions, and other collections files. Duties include processing collections, maintaining accurate records using the Past Perfect museum software, photographing collections for documentary and insurance purposes, completing inventory and condition reports, assisting the Curator with exhibit installation and paperwork, and the handling and transportation of artifacts. Other duties include the care of all paper materials, books, photographs and artifacts stored in the museum archives, and working closely with the Curator on conservation, storage, packing, registration methods, copyright law, and legal issues concerning museum collections.

 

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

 

Minimum qualifications are the formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in museum studies or history.  

 

Applicationsaccepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.


Facility Manager I (OFC Lodge)

Location: Ozark Folk Center, Mt. View, AR
Salary: $26,531
Position Number: 22092322
Closing Date: 10/10/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position manages and operates a 60 unit cabin facility. Duties include hiring and training new employees, assigning and reviewing the work of housekeeping and desk clerkstaff, inspecting rooms and lodge facilities, preparing daily lodge reports and maintenance work orders, handling cash counting and reporting. Other duties include ordering and receiving supplies, providing information to customers, coordinating with other facilities and other duties as assigned. Must have a valid driver's license. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is necessary. Must be able to work a flexible schedule including some evenings, weekends and holidays.

 

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

 

The formal education equivalent of an associate's degree in business, marketing, or related field; plus two years of experience in marketing or retail sales, including two years in a supervisory capacity. 
 

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

 

Applicationsaccepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.


Education and Instruction Coordinator

Location: Human Resources, Little Rock, AR
Salary: $37,332
Position Number: 22092342
Closing Date: 10/10/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This is an interesting and challenging position on our HR team. Assesses the training needs of 1200 employees; designs, implements, and coordinates avariety of staff development projects; prepares lesson plans and training aids. Provides instruction to individuals and groups covering both technical and practical work applications; arranges and coordinates instruction from outside sources. Conducts post training evaluations. Researches, writes, distributes, updates procedural, technical instructional manuals. Maintains employee training records. Supervises an Education Program Specialist. Requires expertise in Microsoft Office software. Some daytime and overnight travel is required. Excellent oral and written communications skills are imperative. We are seeking a creative, detail-oriented self-starter with outstanding multi-media presentation skills and experience in human resources development.

 

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 bachelor's degree in education, business administration or a related field; plus four years of professional level experience, including one year supervisory experience. Non-qualified individuals need not apply.

 

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

 

Applications accepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.


Maintenance Assistant

Location: Historic Washington State Park, Washington, AR
Salary: $20,788
Position Number: 22092129
Closing Date: 10/03/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position performs general maintenance on park grounds, facilities, andequipment. Job duties include litter pickup, mowing, weed trimming, cleaning restrooms, and performing carpentry, painting, electrical, and plumbing repairs. This position also operates and maintains lawn equipment and park vehicles and performs other duties as assigned. Must be able to work outside in various weather conditions, have the ability to lift or move heavy material, have a valid driver’s license, and be able to work a varied schedule, including some weekends, evenings, and holidays. A driving 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 meetor 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 individuals need not apply.

 

We are an EOE/ADA/AA employer. Minorities and 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.

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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