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Date:  Oct 8, 2021
Req ID:  12683

Parkin, AR, US, 72373

Anticipated Starting Salary:  $12.51 per hour

Seasonal Park Interpreter (Advertised as a Park Specialist II)

Grade:           GS03

Salary:          $12.51/hour

Requisition:    12683

Location:       Parkin Archeological State Park

Closing date:  10/22/2021


This position helps park visitors have memorable experiences and form meaningful connections to this National Historic Landmark. The position will research, promote, and present formal and informal outdoor programs that may include outdoor historic site tours, school programs, and programs for local communities. The position also assists with park operations duties as assigned, to include answering phones, retail sales, answering visitor questions, assisting with housekeeping and maintenance, and counting inventory.


This part-time position works throughout the year for a total of 1,440 hours. Actual work schedule will vary by month. The position is considered part-time, but employees can expect a 35–40-hour work week during peak visitation season. Housing is provided.


Valid driver’s license required. Must pass driving record and criminal background check. Must have physical condition sufficient to work outdoors, on uneven terrain, and sometimes under strenuous conditions. Must be able to work a non-standard schedule, including weekends, holidays, and some evenings. A mandatory, paid interpretation skills training class is provided.  


Minimum qualifications are at least two years of college education in a degree plan majoring in natural science, park interpretation, communications, park administration, history, education, forestry, or a related field.


Preferred qualifications are relevant work experience, documented experience in public speaking and writing, coursework in interpretive methods, and a working knowledge of Arkansas natural/cultural history.


We are an EOE/AA/ADA employer.


Current Employees (Internal)  https://www.transform.ar.gov/personnel/arcareers/

Non-State Employee Applicants (External) 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: S101C

Grade: GS03


Salary Range: $26,034.00 - $37,749.00


The Park Specialist II is an Extra Help position responsible for providing unskilled and semi-skilled labor and/or guest services in a state park. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.


Performs duties such as patron assistance, lifeguarding, desk clerking, grounds and facility maintenance, guiding tours, cooking, food preparation, administrative assistance, office assistance, housekeeping, facility attendance and other types of general labor or public service. May perform grounds and building maintenance duties such as mowing, raking, planting, applying chemicals/pesticides, collecting and disposing of trash, maintenance of vehicles and equipment, and custodial duties. May assist skilled tradesmen in carpentry work, painting, welding, installing fixtures, or other unskilled or semi-skilled labor. May assist in facility management duties such as providing customer service, checking in campers, ringing sales on a cash register, renting boats or bicycles, taking food orders, giving tours, running errands or assisting skilled or professional staff as required. May provide administrative assistance by completing reports, preparing cash deposits, entering time and leave data, entering tip information, or taking inventory. Performs other duties as assigned.


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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of proper and safe use of hand tools, utensils, power tools, and equipment or machinery common to duty area. Knowledge of ServeSafe food handling methods required for some positions. Knowledge of basic math calculations. Ability to perform customer service tasks such as waiting tables and guest registration. Ability to perform manual labor and to operate and maintain the necessary tools and equipment. Ability to perform routine maintenance duties on buildings, grounds, and/or vehicles. Ability to operate a cash register and/or computer software programs for some positions. Ability to follow written or oral instructions, operating manuals, warning labels, etc.. Ability to communicate and interface appropriately with patrons. Ability to use basic math calculations.

Minimum Qualifications

Depending on the position, a valid Arkansas driver's license is required. Some positions are required to undergo a criminal background check and/or safe driving check. Some positions require completion of specialized training such as ServeSafe.


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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