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Date:  Mar 25, 2024
Req ID:  38530


Anticipated Starting Salary:  37,000

Park Program Specialist

Position #:     22076524

Salary:           $37,000

Pay Grade:     GS06

Requisition:    38530

Location:       Lake Dardanelle State Park, Russellville, AR


Closing date: 04/26/24


The Aquarist must have extensive knowledge of fish species and care as well as live exhibit maintenance. Job duties include maintenance of the park aquariums, pumps, filters, and support systems, and conducting and recording daily testing. The Aquarist is also in charge of all fishing tournament activities, including caring for caught fish and recording associated data during the tournaments. This position also assists with the day-to-day physical operations of the park visitor information center and related grounds, maintaining the park’s butterfly gardens, supervising and training park and tournament volunteers as well as extra-help employees. The Aquarist will also present environmental education programs to park visitors, school groups, and organizations and other duties as assigned. Must possess a valid driver’s license, be able to traverse rough terrain and work a varied shift, including weekends and holidays.  Criminal background check is required.  Overnight travel is required on occasion. 


This position offers a full benefit package including paid holidays, annual and sick leave, health insurance, and retirement pension.


Applicants must meet or exceed these qualifications: The formal educational equivalent of a bachelor's degree in natural science, communications, parks and recreation management, or a related field. 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:

Position Information

Class Code: G205C

Grade: GS06


Salary Range: $36,155.00 - $52,425.00


The Park Program Specialist is responsible for supervising staff and administering museum programming for museum special events, on-site programs, outreach programs, and other special events. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Supervises a medium sized staff by interviewing, recommending staff for hire/fire, assigning and reviewing work, counseling, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Develops park museum on-site and outreach programs, special events, lesson plans, tours, and teacher resource materials. Presents programs to visitors and educational groups. Greets visitors; provides information and assistance; interprets park rules and regulations to staff and visitors. Maintains inventory records to ensure accuracy and assists in budget preparation. Researches and prepares programmatic reports and recommends changes as needed. Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of program development techinques. Knowledge of research techniques and procedures. Knowledge of administrative office management and supervisory techniques. Ability to prepare educational, promotional, and research materials and develop museum interpretive programs. Ability to write, edit, and present programmatic information. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to schedule, plan, and oversee events. Ability to coordinate acquisitions and maintain inventory. Ability to prepare cost estimates for budget preparation.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in communication, marketing, business, or related field; plus one year of experience in public relations, crafts, folk music, or a related field, including six months in a leadership capacity. 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.



Nearest Major Market: Little Rock
Nearest Secondary Market: Russellville