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Park Interpreter
Agency: Department of Parks and Tourism
Office: Arkansas State Parks
Section: Program Services
Date Posted: 12/05/2017
Posting Expires: 01/24/2018
Summary
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 policy.
Typical Functions
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.
Special Job Dimensions
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
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 andanalysis. Knowledge of environmental and safety laws and regulations pertaining to parks andrecreation. 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 Education and/or Experience
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.
Preferred Qualifications
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Agency Specific Information
Seasonal Park Interpreters
Salary: $12.00/hour
Location: Various Arkansas State Parks
Closing date: January 24, 2018

This position presents programs to help park visitors have memorable experiences in state parks and form meaningful connections to the beauty and history of Arkansas. The position will research, promote, and present programs that may include guided hikes, amphitheater talks, boat tours, state park-type recreational activities, historic site tours, and/or larger special events in parks, schools, and local communities. The position also assists with park operations duties as assigned.

Approximately 25 positions will be filled at various locations around the state (specific locations listed below). Positions range in duration from 3 to 9 months. Some begin in March and last through fall; others are summer only. Actual work schedules vary by park and season. All positions are considered part time, but employees can expect a 35-40 hour work week during peak visitation season (peak varies by location). Housing is provided at some parks, but is not guaranteed.

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 4-day 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. At parks with lakes and rivers, experience and strong skills in swimming, boating, kayaking, and canoeing is preferred.

Interviews with qualified, selected applicants will be held Monday and Tuesday, February 12-13, 2018, at DeGray Lake Resort State Park near Arkadelphia, AR. Selected interviewees will be notified by February 2. Candidates must be present on one of the above dates from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., as this is an all-day interview/tryout.

At this time, we expect to have approximately 25 positions available at various locations statewide, listed below. Some parks may hire eligible, returning employees from the previous season. Contact our Personnel office, Program Services office, or specific parks if you have questions about the availability of parks’ positions and housing. You can specify your location preferences on the application and during the interview process if selected to interview.

Formatting of the list is as follows: PARK, Position, (Housing provided?)
. BULL SHOALS-WHITE RIVER STATE PARK, one 9-month position (Yes);
· CANE CREEK STATE PARK, one 6-month position (Yes);
· DAISY STATE PARK, one 3-month position (Yes);
· DEGRAY LAKE RESORT STATE PARK, one 9-month position (Yes);
· DEGRAY LAKE RESORT STATE PARK, one 3-month position (Yes);
· HOBBS STATE PARK-CONSERVATION AREA, one 9-month position (No);
· JACKSONPORT STATE PARK, one 3-month position (Yes);
· LAKE CATHERINE STATE PARK, one 9-month position (Yes);
· LAKE CHARLES STATE PARK, one 6-month position (Yes);
· LAKE FORT SMITH STATE PARK, one 6-month position (Yes);
· LAKE FRIERSON STATE PARK, one 6-month position (Yes);
· LAKE OUACHITA STATE PARK, one 9-month position (Yes);
· LAKE OUACHITA STATE PARK, one 3-month position (Yes);
· LOGOLY STATE PARK, one 9-month position (Yes);
· LOGOLY STATE PARK, one 6-month position (No);
. MILLWOOD STATE PARK, one 9-month position (Yes);
· MORO BAY STATE PARK, one 6-month position (No);
· PARKIN ARCHEOLOGICAL STATE PARK, one 9-month position (Yes);
· PETIT JEAN STATE PARK, one 9-month position (Yes);
· PETIT JEAN STATE PARK, one 3-month position (Yes);
· PINNACLE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK, two 9-month positions (No);
. PROGRAM SERVICES, one 9-month position (No);
· TOLTEC MOUNDS ARCHEOLOGICAL STATE PARK, one 9-month position (Yes);
· VILLAGE CREEK STATE PARK, one 9-month position (Yes);
· WHITE OAK LAKE STATE PARK, one 3-month position (Yes);
· WITHROW SPRINGS STATE PARK, one 3-month position (Yes)

Bull Shoals-White River State Park one 9-month position Yes
Cane Creek State Park one 6-month position Yes
Program Services one 9-month position No
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park one 9-month position Yes
Village Creek State Park one 9-month position Yes
White Oak Lake State Park one 3-month position Yes
Withrow Springs State Park one 3-month position Yes


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Job Details
Position No.: 2209XXXX
Class Code: P035C
Grade: GS05
Salary Range: $12.00 - $12.00 per year
Background
check required?
Yes
Job Type: Full Time
Location Information
Job City: State Wide
Job County/Region: State Wide
Contact Information
Contact name: Personnel Office
Phone: (501) 682-6887
Email: natural.jobs@arkansas.gov
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