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Date:  May 4, 2021
Req ID:  7034

Pocahontas, AR, US, 72455

Anticipated Starting Salary:  32405

Position Number: 22092493
County: Randolph
Posting End Date: 05/23/2021

Anticipated Starting Salary: $32,405

Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas, Arkansas


Park Interpreter

Position #:     22092493

Salary:           $32,405

Pay Grade:     GS05

Location:       Davidsonville Historic State Park, Pocahontas, AR


Closing date: 05/23/2021


This position is responsible for the development and presentation of programs designed to explain the natural, cultural, and historic resources within the park and to promote the use of Arkansas State Parks.  Job duties include researching and documenting park history in order to plan and design programs, brochures, pamphlets, maps, exhibits, signage, and other material for use in interpretive programs.  The Park Interpreter coordinates and promotes special events, researches, and writes news releases, and presents programs, demonstrations, and lectures to various groups inside and outside the park.  Other duties include assisting the Park Superintendent in planning and operations, conducting extensive public relations outreach, providing customer service, maintaining hiking trails, performing office and front desk duties, and other duties as assigned.  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.  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 (public history/historic site management preferred), plus three months’ experience in interpretation. 


EOE/AA/ADA Women and minorities are 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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