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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


Maintenance Technician

Location: Historic Washington State Park, Washington, AR
Salary: $26,531
Position Number: 22092133
Closing Date: 8/29/2014
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 19th century 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’s license 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.

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.


Lodge Cook

Location: DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismarck, AR
Salary: $22,919
Position Number: 22092244
Closing Date: 8/29/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
This Lodge Cook works as a kitchen leader assisting in training and directing seasonal employees.  In addition, this Lodge Cook prepares orders from a menu for individuals and groups, prepares buffets, and assists with ordering supplies. Other duties include monitoring food preparation and storage for quality, temperature, portion control and appearance, as well as taking an inventory of supplies, checking deliveries, and assisting with the cleanup and daily maintenance of the kitchen area. Applicants must be able to work varied shifts, including weekends, evenings, and holidays.

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications: the formal education equivalent of a high school diploma, plus one year of experience in restaurant cooking or related field.  Preference given to applicants with supervisory or leadership experience and 3 years restaurant cooking experience. 
      


Maintenance Assistant

Location: Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena, AR
Salary: $20,788
Position Number: 22092195
Closing Date: 9/4/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
This position assists in the general maintenance of a 266- acre park.  Applicant must have experience with mowers, weed-eaters, tractors, and chainsaws.  Also must have general experience in carpentry, plumbing, painting, and electrical.  Duties include trail work, trash pickup, cleaning restrooms, mowing, tree/brush removal, log splitting, general landscaping, plumbing and electrical repair, and vehicle and equipment maintenance.  Must be able to lift 50 pounds and traverse rough terrain on foot.  This position will act as crew leader to seasonal personnel.  The position works a varied schedule including weekends and holidays.  Must have a valid driver’s license.  Must be able to work weekends and holidays.

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.  


Maintenance Assistant

Location: Petit Jean State Park, Morrilton, AR
Salary: $20,788
Position Number: 22076514
Closing Date: 8/22/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
This position is responsible for general maintenance of a 2,700-acre park.  Applicant must have experience with mowers, weed-eaters, tractors, and chainsaws.  Also must have general experience in carpentry, plumbing, painting, and electrical.  Duties include trail work; trash pick up; cleaning restrooms; mowing; tree/brush removal; log splitting; general landscaping; plumbing & electrical repair; and vehicle & equipment maintenance.  Must be able to lift 50 pounds and traverse rough terrain on foot.  This position will act as crew leader to seasonal personnel.  The position works a varied schedule including weekends and holidays.  Must have a valid driver’s license.  Must be able to work weekends and holidays.

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.  


Food Preparation Supervisor

Location: Historic Washington State Park, Washington, AR
Salary: $24,065
Position Number: 22076516
Closing Date: 8/29/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
This position provides daily supervision to food service workers. Assists in the preparation of food orders and oversees temperature controls, portion controls, presentation, and food rotation. Checks the quality of raw and cooked food products to ensure that standards are met. Inspects supplies, equipment, and storage areas for temperature and sanitation requirements, and inspects work areas to ensure conformance to established standards. Assists Manager with menu planning and food and supply orders. Manages inventory by checking the quantity and quality of received products; rotating supplies, and altering menu to cut down on food waste. Assists in taking inventories; maintains records on food cost, food waste, and dish breakage. Communicates and works closely with all park operational units to meet the requirements of food service operations. Performs other duties as assigned.

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications:  The formal educational equivalent of a high school diploma; plus three years of experience in restaurant management or a related field, including two years of cooking experience and two years in a supervisory or leadership capacity.  Accounting/Bookkeeping experience is preferred.


Maintenance Technician

Location: Daisy State Park, Kirby, AR
Salary: $26,531
Position Number: 22092306
Closing Date: 8/29/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
This position is responsible for the maintenance of park facilities, grounds and equipment.  Job duties include supervising maintenance employees and performing carpentry, electrical, plumbing, cleaning, grounds keeping, trash removal, and vehicle maintenance.  Will also complete job performance evaluations, maintain equipment history records, a preventive maintenance  and recycling program.  Serves as the primary operator of a wastewater treatment package plant.  Applicants with Wastewater Treatment licensing are preferred.  Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including some weekends and holidays.  A driver’s record check will be performed.

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.         


Desk Clerk

Location: Mt. Magazine State Park, Paris, AR
Salary: $19,798
Position Number: 22116788
Closing Date: 8/22/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
This position greets, registers and checks out guests staying at the lodge and convention center complex, assists guests during their stay, provides information to the public, and relieves the night auditor.  Job duties include operating a cash register, selling merchandise, completing cash reports,  handling transactions and paperwork related to lodge, cabins and campsites,  stocking shelves, answering phones, providing information and assistance, and other duties as assigned.  This position will be the relief night auditor in the absence of the auditor.  Excellent public relations skills are a must.  A criminal background check is required.

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications:  the formal education equivalent of a high school diploma plus one year of experience in customer service, bookkeeping, or a related field. 


Public Information Manager

Location: Tourism Division, Little Rock, AR
Salary: $43,217
Position Number: 22092610
Closing Date: 8/29/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
The Tourism Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism is seeking an experienced and creative Communications Manager.  The ideal candidate will possess strong writing, editing, and communications skills; have experience dealing with travel journalists, photographers, editors, and publishers; display a clear familiarity with Internet marketing, to include coordination of improvements to our website; an understanding of website file structures; a basic understanding of data bases as applied to the Internet; a working knowledge of HTML coding, understand the importance of establishing close ties with media contacts; demonstrate an ability to direct ad agency work on media events; be able to effectively represent the Department at various functions; and exhibit an outgoing personality eager to work with others.  This position supervises a staff of seven, including travel writers, photographers and clerical support.  Other duties include planning and assigning work, evaluating job performances, monitoring section’s budget, and preparing and delivering speeches and presentations.   Must have advanced experience in social networking practices.  Some travel can be expected, mostly in-state.

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications:  the formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in journalism/communications, public relations, public administration or a related field; plus five years of experience in public relations or related field, including two years in a supervisory capacity.


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


Assistant Restaurant Manager

Location: Mt. Magazine State Park, Paris, AR
Salary: $26,531
Position Number: 22116783
Closing Date: 8/22/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
This position provides daily supervision to food service workers, assisting in the preparation of food orders, as well as monitoring temperature, portion controls, presentation and food rotation to ensure that high standards are met. Job duties include inspecting supplies, equipment, work areas and storage areas for temperature and sanitation requirements, assisting the manager with menu planning and food and supply orders, and managing inventory by checking the quantity and quality of received products, rotating supplies and altering the menu to avoid food waste. Will perform other duties as assigned. Must be able to work a varied shift, including weekends and holidays. A criminal background check is required.

Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications:  the formal educational equivalent of a high school diploma; plus three years of experience in restaurant management or a related field, including six months in a supervisory capacity. Unqualified individuals need not apply.


Historical Researcher

Location: Historic Washington State Park, Washington, AR
Salary: $27,858
Position Number: 22092031
Closing Date: 8/22/2014
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:
This position is responsible for conducting research needed to develop park interpretive programs.  Job duties include recording regional history as it relates to Washington, Arkansas, researching innovations in the fields of history and interpretation, coordinating and managing the park research library, developing articles and other publications, and conducting interpretive programs.  Other duties include supervising clerical workers, training others to use research materials, acting as supervisor in the absence of uniformed staff, and other duties as assigned.  Experience with obtaining oral histories, using primary and secondary sources and conducting internet research are preferred.

Applicants must meet or exceed these qualifications: the formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in history or a related field plus one year of experience in historical research, museum activities, or a related field. Unqualified applicants need not apply.


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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