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.
Class Code: B031C
FLSA Status: EXEMPT
Salary Range: $50,222.00 – $72,822.00
The Park Superintendent IV is responsible for overseeing specified operations of a larger state park. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Supervises a large staff of regular and seasonal professional, technical, administrative support, and service workers by interviewing, recommending for hire, training, assigning and reviewing work, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Oversees the operation of the facilities of the parks and may operate a boat rental facility, visitor information center, snack bar, or other park facility. Prepares and manages a park budget, monitors daily expenditures, and the scheduling of work hours, for regular and extra help employees, to prevent overspending. Participates as part of a planning team to develop or expand programs and facilities, alter procedures, determine revenue sources and cost containment, and monitor operations, facilities, and programs to ensure that goals are met. Develops operating plans and schedules for year-round operations, including preventative and routine maintenance schedules, construction projects, and special events. Estimates materials, manpower, equipment, time, revenue and costs required to support operations. Supervises and performs the duties of a law enforcement officer, including patrolling the park, monitoring activities, investigating accidents and incidents, responding to visitor inquiries, issuing citations or warnings, making arrests, securing facilities, and checking for safety hazards or repair needs. Participates in or leads search and rescue teams to rescue climbers, stranded boaters, or lost visitors and administers emergency first aid to accident or illness victims. Compiles, prepares, or oversees the preparation and maintenance of records and reports which may include financial records and reports, incident/accident reports, purchase requisitions/reports and a variety of other reports as required. Interprets and monitors the maintenance or development of natural, cultural, and historic research sites to prevent disturbance of unique or endangered flora, fauna, and cultural remains. Makes public presentations regarding park facilities, operations, or special events to civic organizations, schools, and others to promote Arkansas State Parks. Performs other duties as assigned.
May operate a variety of park equipment including: vehicles, tractors, mowers, calculators, computers, chain saws, backhoes, slide and movie projectors, welders, and a variety of power tools.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Knowledge of state and federal laws governing park operations. Knowledge of public safety practices and procedures. Knowledge of state budgetary and accounting procedures. Ability to prepare, review, and analyze financial data. Ability to prepare and interpret financial reports and statements. Ability to organize and present oral and written reports of findings and recommendations. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to manage the business and law enforcement activities of a recreational facility. Ability to operate light and heavy equipment, power hand tools, and office equipment. Ability to communicate information and ideas to a diverse group of people.
The formal educational equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in park administration, parks and recreation management, natural science, recreation administration, or a related field; plus four years of experience in park management, including two years in a supervisory or 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.
Park Superintendent IV
Position #: 22092582
Salary: $50,222 – $72,822
Location: Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena, AR
Closing date: 09/26/2021
This position oversees the overall management of a 460-acre park that includes a 40-room lodge with a restaurant and gift shop, plus 41 campsites and support facilities. Job duties include providing daily supervision to employees and completing performance reviews. This will require counseling/disciplining of employees as needed and documentation of their action. Must work with park planner to set priorities for construction of major projects and sets the direction for the master plan. Position will require knowledge of budgets for operations, resale facilities, special projects and extra help. Applicant will be in-charge of monitoring park expenditures and managing within an approved budget. The Park Superintendent IV participates with a planning team to develop programs and facilities, alter procedures, determine revenue sources, and cost containment ideas.
This position organizes and coordinates special events with community leaders and local media and establishes and develops working relationships with other agencies such as local law enforcement, nearby landowners, etc. Applicant will have daily contact with the public and must possess excellent public relations skills.
A valid driver’s license is required, as is the ability to traverse rough terrain. A criminal background check will be performed.
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 these qualifications: The formal educational equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in business, park management, hospitality management, or a related field; plus four years of experience in park management, including two years in a supervisory capacity.
We are an EOE/AA/ADA employer. Women & minorities are encouraged to apply.
Applications accepted online only: https://arcareers.arkansas.gov/