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Date:  Jun 8, 2021
Req ID:  8134

Newport, AR, US, 72112

Anticipated Starting Salary:  32,405

Park Interpreter

Position #:     22078272

Salary:           $32,405

Grade:           GS05

Requisition:    8134

Location:       Jacksonport State Park, Newport, AR


Closing date: 06/20/2021


This position leads in the development and implementation of interpretive programs for Jacksonport State Park, which includes planning and presenting interpretive education programs and special events to park visitors, schools, civic groups, and private organizations.  The applicant must have knowledge of Arkansas flora, fauna, geology, history, recreation, and natural resources. The interpreter leads in resource cataloguing and works closely with the collection curator in researching history relevant to the park mission. Job duties include researching and recording data about park resources and programs, writing news releases, newspaper articles, flyers, brochures, and scripts for programs, preparing and delivering presentations using PowerPoint and other audio-visual equipment, and assisting the uniformed staff in park planning and operations.  They will, plan, coordinate and produce special events that includes a dinner trial program. Other job duties include conducting hikes, demonstrations, school programming, extensive public relations outreach, providing customer service, and performing office and front desk duties, as necessary.  Leading and supervising the park seasonal interpreter is an essential job duty. They will serve as manager on duty in the absence of other uniformed personnel.  Must be able to work a varied shift including weekends and holidays, be able to traverse rough terrain and have a valid driver’s license.  Overnight travel required on occasion.  A criminal background check and driver’s license check is required.


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 history, historical interpretation, public history, communications, parks and recreation management, or a related field.


EOE/AA/ADA.  Minorities and women encouraged to apply.


Applications accepted online ONLY:  https://arcareers.arkansas.gov/

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: P035C

Grade: GS05


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


The Park Interpreter is responsible for the research, development and presentation of programs designed to explain and establish the value of the natural, cultural, and historic resources within the park sites and for promoting the use of Arkansas State Parks. This position are governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Researches historical, geological, and/or biological data and plans type and content of interpretive programs to meet the needs and learning styles of various groups to illustrate and explain park resources and their values. Researches, locates, identifies, catalogues, documents, and conserves artifacts. Researches, locates, identifies, and catalogues plants and animals located within the park and documents them in the park's Natural Resource Inventory. Researches and designs interior and wayside exhibits, multi-media presentations, brochures, pamphlets, maps, and other materials to provide information and interpretation. Presents programs, demonstrations, and lectures to various groups inside and outside the park. Develops and presents special programs that pertain to the mission and scope of the park. Reviews films, slides, collected information, and specimens. Writes narratives, scripts, outlines, descriptions, and explanations of exhibits, history, geology, archaeology, or ecology to illustrate and explain the nature of the park. Promotes the park and park programs through news releases and media coverage. Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of Arkansas' natural, cultural, and historic resources. Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of multi-media equipment. Knowledge of the principles of advertising and media communications. Knowledge of the principles of scientific research and the techniques of data collection and analysis. Knowledge of environmental and safety laws and regulations pertaining to parks and recreation. Ability to research, script, and design exhibits and displays. Ability to prepare and present interpretive and illustrative oral and written programs. Ability to greet visitors and provide information concerning the state. Ability to maintain records and write reports.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal educational equivalent of a bachelor's degree in natural science, communications, parks and recreation management, or a related field. 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.

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