Pursue a career where everyone plays a vital role in providing one-of-a-kind visitor experiences while protecting Alabama's beautiful natural resources.


The Alabama State Parks Division operates and maintains 21 state parks encompassing approximately 48,000 acres of land and water in Alabama. The division strives to provide and maintain high-quality facilities and services to meet the needs of visitors; to provide opportunities for personal growth and development of individuals through outdoor experiences; to promote the use of state park facilities; to preserve unique natural features and the integrity of the state parks for future generations; and to promote good will and enhance the public image of the Alabama State Parks through dedicated, courteous employees. 

Merit Positions

Many State Parks positions are filled through the State Personnel Department and fall under the merit system. The merit system is based on competitive selection, following the principle that positions are filled on an equal opportunity basis. Permanent jobs with the State are filled by appointment from eligible lists made up of people who have successfully passed an examination, or have met the minimum requirements for a training and experience evaluation. Salaried or merit positions are filled by selecting an employee from an employment register established by the Alabama State Personnel Department. When vacancies in a particular job classification occur, Alabama State Parks requests an employment classification register from the Alabama State Personnel Department. Employment classification registers are either opened periodically or are continuously open. Applications for continuous registers are accepted at any time and you may request to be notified when registers that are not currently open begin accepting applications. Applications and additional information on the state hiring process may be found at Another resource for completing the application process is this applicant checklist.

For specific details about available merit system jobs in Alabama State Parks, use the links below:

Law Enforcement Careers

Maintenance Careers

Management Careers

Other Careers


Non-merit jobs may be offered at individual parks and offices. Hourly employees are hired at each park by the park staff. The rate of pay is determined by the type work performed. Most hourly employment is seasonal. There are some full-time hourly positions that may offer paid insurance and retirement after one year of employment. Applications are available in park offices. Contact individual parks for more information.



District Naturalist/Natural Resource Planner


Those interested in this position should visit the State Personnel Website and create an OES login. Once they build their portfolio/application, they can apply online for the NATURAL RESOURCES PLANNER -21242, which is a continuous announcement.


To be considered for this position, an applicant must be listed on the State of Alabama Personnel register (Natural Resource Planner - 21242). Alabama State Parks will have openings for this position in the NW District, NE District, Central District and SE District.


Contact Renee Raney (Chief of Interpretation/Education) for more information.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, pregnancy, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability in its hiring or employment practices nor in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services or activities.