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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


Facility Manager I

Location: Mt. Magazine State Park- Paris, AR
Salary: $24,065
Position Number: 22138195
Closing Date: 2/6/15
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position is a first-line greeter in a 125-seat restaurant with adjacent 40-seat dining area. As a working supervisor, this position manages the restaurant floor, greets and seats guests, explains menu items, assists with resolving complaints, prepares work schedules, provides counseling and disciplines employees. Other job duties include training and supervising front of the house employees, handling monetary transactions, ensuring the cleanliness of the restaurant, and performing other duties as assigned. Required to work weekends and holidays with a varied work schedule. Must have excellent public relations skills, a valid driver’s license, and be 21 years of age or older, as this position is required to serve alcohol. A criminal background check will be performed.

 

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 three years of experience in business, marketing, or a related field including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity.Unqualified individuals need not apply.

 

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

 

Applications accepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.

 


Park Interpreter

Location: Petit Jean State Park- Morrilton, AR
Salary: $29,251
Position Number: 22092431
Closing Date: 2/6/15
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 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. 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 Aid

Location: Queen Wilhelmina State Park- Mena, AR
Salary: $15,080-$21,643
Position Number: 22091333
Closing Date: 1/30/15
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This is a temporary position lasting up to 3 months beginning February 9, 2015

This is a general labor position assisting electrians re-wiring the campground.  Job duties include pulling wire through underground conduit,shovel work, etc. Workweek will average 40 hours and pay is $9.00/hour.


Housekeeper

Location: Mt. Magazine State Park- Paris, AR
Salary: $19,798
Position Number: 22143411
Closing Date: 2/6/15
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of Park facilities including, cleaning lodge rooms and cabins, dusting, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, buffing floors, emptying trash, and other duties as assigned. Applicant must be able to work a varied schedule, including weekends, evenings and holidays. A criminal background check and a driver’s record check are required. Free van transportation to the Lodge available for some shifts.

 

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. Applicants with experience in domestic, institutional or hotel/motel housekeeping are preferred.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.


Housekeeper Supervisor

Location: Mt. Nebo State Park, Dardanelle, AR
Salary: $20,788
Position Number: 22092323
Closing Date: 1/30/15
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

The Housekeeper Supervisor is responsible for the cleaning and maintaining of Park facilities. Duties include cleaning 14 rental cabins, pavilion and campground bathhouse, inventorying cabin contents, picking up trash, laundering cabin linens, supervising seasonal housekeepers and reporting cabin repairs to the maintenance supervisor. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license, be able to lift 25 pounds and be able to work a varied schedule, including weekends and some holidays. A criminal background check is required.

 

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 one year of experience in domestic, institutional, or hotel/motel housekeeping or related field, including six months in a leadership capacity.Unqualified individuals need not apply.

 

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

 

Applications accepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.


Maintenance Specialist

Location: Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier, AR
Salary: $25,268
Position Number: 22092317
Closing Date: 1/30/15
Summary of Duties & Minimum Qualifications:

This position is responsible for the maintenance and operation of park facilities, grounds and equipment. Job duties include, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, cleaning, grounds keeping, trash removal, vehicle maintenance and other duties as assigned. This position also supervises and trains seasonal employees, community service workers and volunteers involved in park maintenance projects. Must be able to work in inclement weather, traverse rough terrain, lift up to 50 lbs., and work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays. A valid driver’s license is required, 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. 

 

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 individuals need not apply.

 

We are an EOE/AA/ADA employer. Women and minorities encouraged to apply.

 

Applications accepted online ONLY: www.arstatejobs.com.


Facility Manager I

Location: Mississippi River State Park, Marianna, AR
Salary: $24,065
Position Number: 22092624
Closing Date: 1/30/15
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.


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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