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Date:  Apr 2, 2024
Req ID:  38684

Little Rock, AR, US, 72201

Anticipated Starting Salary:  $15.57 per hour, limited to 1800 hours per year

Position Number: 22076477 
County: Pulaski; Statewide 
Posting End Date: 06/01/2024 

Anticipated Starting Salary: $15.57 per hour, limited to 1800 hours per year 

Arkansas State Parks, Seasonal Ranger Program 

Seasonal Park Ranger

Position:              22076477

Salary:                   $15.57 per hour, limited to 1800 hours per fiscal year

Requisition:        38684

Location:              Various State Parks, Statewide


Closing date:      06/01/2024

Several Positions Available

This position is a commissioned law enforcement job with the duties of a police officer. Arkansas State Park Rangers work throughout the state with statewide jurisdiction. They are responsible for ensuring the safety of park visitors and protecting and preserving the park's resources through proactive police patrol. Duties include educating the public, issuing verbal/written warnings, issuing citations, and effecting arrests. The ability to carry a department-issued firearm on duty is required. 


Other duties include:

  • Patrolling Park property.
  • Preventing vandalism or destruction of park facilities.
  • Administering first aid.
  • Assisting the public.
  • Other duties as assigned.


This position is subject to 24-hour call and is assigned to work holidays and weekends.


Housing and utilities will be provided at some locations.


Seasonal Ranger employment is subject to satisfactory completion of a Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training (CLEST) required background check and physical and psychological exams, PT test, and field training.


Successful applicants will be assigned to different parks across the state. Depending on performance, employment will continue.


This position offers paid holidays and retirement credits. Uniforms and law enforcement equipment are provided.  


Applicants must meet or exceed the following qualifications: Current or prior law enforcement experience is preferred but not required. The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, parks and recreation management, or a related field. Law enforcement/military experience is excepted in lieu of a college degree. 


Successful non-certified applicants Must complete the Arkansas law enforcement certification training in accordance with ACA 12-9-106.  Applicant must be 21 years of age or older. Other job-related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these basic requirements, except for certification or licensure requirements, upon approval of the qualifications review committee.


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


Applications accepted online only:



The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism has three major divisions: Arkansas State Parks, Arkansas Heritage and Arkansas Tourism. Arkansas State Parks manages 52 state parks and promotes Arkansas as a tourist destination for people around the country. Arkansas Heritage preserves and promotes Arkansas’s natural and cultural history and heritage through four historic museums and four cultural preservation agencies. Arkansas Tourism improves the state’s economy by generating travel and enhancing the image of the state.

Position Information

Class Code: T063C

Grade: GS05


Salary Range: $32,405.00 - $46,987.00


The Park Ranger is responsible for maintaining law and order, providing assistance to park visitors, and assisting in the overall operation of the park. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Patrols park on foot or in automobile monitoring activities, investigating accidents and incidents, issuing citations or making arrests, controlling crowds, directing traffic, securing facilities, checking for safety hazards and repair needs, and assisting park visitors. Leads or participates in search and rescue efforts, which may involve rescuing stranded climbers or boaters and administering emergency first aid to victims of accidents or illness. Assists visitors by explaining park rules, assisting with minor mechanical problems, and searching for lost pets, children, or personal items. Participates in searches and investigations in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies within the park jurisdiction. Trains parks personnel in security measures, search and rescue techniques, and other topics as necessary. Prepares accident/incident reports, lost and found reports, visitor reports, vehicle use reports, and a variety of other reports as required. Inventories and orders supplies, equipment, and resale merchandise and may remove cash from vending machines, closeout registers, make entries in ledgers, prepare bank deposits, and transport funds to local bank for deposit. Performs other duties as assigned.


May be exposed to personal injury in the performance of duties. Required to carry a firearm.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of law enforcement methods and techniques. Knowledge of geography, points of interest, and principal recreation areas of State. Knowledge of methods of protecting, operating, and maintaining a State park unit. Knowledge of policies, procedures, and rules of State Parks and Recreation Commission. Knowledge of constitutional laws, and laws of arrest and evidence, traffic and foot patrol, Ability to conduct investigations and enforce public safety laws and regulations. Ability to handle weapons, exercise self-defense, and administer first aid. Ability to prepare and present oral and written information, reports, and documents.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in park management, outdoor recreation, criminal justice, criminology, or related field; or two years of college coursework; plus two years of experience in a natural resources field. Must possess valid driver's license and have completed the Arkansas law enforcement certification training in accordance with ACA 12-9-106. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Little Rock