BY LEANN DILBECK
A job fair is scheduled this Saturday, March 28, for part-time job openings at Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge that is expected to reopen in early summer.
Progress on the renovation is “advancing quickly,” as Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts told The Pulse. The lodge wing is complete with only minor punch list items remaining, said Butts, citing that the lodge room furnishings are arriving this week. The park administrative offices and the highly anticipated 2nd floor conference room are also complete, with the exception of minor punch list items.
The extensive renovation of the kitchen and restaurant areas are progressing very well and are expected to be completed within the next few weeks. The new kitchen equipment installation is actually scheduled to commence mid-April.
The crown jewel to the local tourism industry is an integral part of the local economy and many are grateful to see new job opportunities accompanying the reopening. Part-time job openings to be filled will include front desk clerks, cooks, wait staff, housekeepers, and maintenance staff. Benefits include training, competitive pay, and a professional work atmosphere. Human Resources Director David Flake reiterated the department’s commitment to maintaining its tradition, “The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism is seeking dependable, hard-working, customer conscious individuals dedicated to making Queen Wilhelmina State Park a premier destination in the region.” The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Rich Mountain Community College and Flake encourages those interested to take the opportunity to come. “Meet the park management team to discuss your skills and how you can become a part of this state park’s legacy.”
Staff will be on hand to assist applicants fill out applications and will also hold screening interviews that day. Participants may complete a state application in advance online at www.arstatejobs.com and print a copy to bring to the job fair, or visit the local Workforce Services Office to fill out an application there and have it printed to bring to the event.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park is on Ark. 88 (the Talimena Scenic Drive) 13 miles west of Mena. It is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.
For additional information, contact: David Flake, Human Resources director, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, 1 Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201. Phone: 501-682-6888.