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NOTE: ABKSNA does not have Park Host opportunities at this time.Position: Volunteer Site AssistantsResponsibilities: Various plant and animal surveys, fence repair, brush clearing, site cleanup, program development, outreach events, grounds maintenance, preparations for future public opening of site.Requirements: Attend required orientation training and safety training, and pass criminal background check.Desired Qualifications: Commitment to conserving and managing natural/cultural resources, use of various tools and equipment, comfortable speaking with public, natural/ cultural history knowledge, support for TPWD's mission.Time Required: Open
Program: Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area
Contact Person: James Rice
Contact Phone: (853) 548-9622
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Assist the park interpretation department with various opportunities depending on the volunteer's interest and experience. Volunteer opportunities include: -assisting with and leading interpretive programs-bird feeding program-Nature Center greeter-maintenance of interpretive exhibits and materials -special events, night programs, and citizen science projects-gardening-opportunities to assist park naturalists with habitat improvement, removal of invasive species, and upkeep of equipment Special skills are highly desired such as knowledge of south Texas birds and habitats, nature and excellent customer service skills.Please note that some of the above outlined duties may not be available in the slow season (summer). Criminal Background Check required.This position is not a Park Host position and does not provide a full hook-up RV site.
Program: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Contact Person: Maria Montelongo
Contact Phone: (956) 584-9156
Big Bend Ranch State Park and Black Gap Wildlife Management Areas are certified by International Dark Sky Association as a Dark Sky Park (BBRSP) and Dark Sky Sanctuary (BGWMA).These designations mean that the night sky over these areas has not been affected by light pollution and is dark enough to see astronomical features such as the Milky Way that can no longer be seen in many urban areas. To monitor sky quality over time, we are looking for volunteers to gather sky quality data, observe, and/or photograph the night sky.Camp fees and/or park entrance fees may be waived for volunteers who sign up and provide the park with observations and/or images. All data will be appropriately managed and credited if presented to the public.
Program: Barton Warnock Visitor Center
Contact Person: Regina Lillibridge
Contact Phone: (432) 229-3613
Assists TPWD - Coastal Fisheries Biologists with the collection of fisheries related data. Handling of fish, boating on skiffs and research vessels required.
Program: Coastal Fisheries Region 2
Contact Person: Ethan Getz
Contact Phone: (361) 431-6003
Assists TPWD - Coastal Fisheries Biologists and Wildflife Technicians with the collecting, processing and reporting data from marine activities in the ecosystem. Specific methodology may include use of sampling gears (bag seines, gill nets, trawls and oyster dredges.) Interaction with the public- Outreach/educational youth events. Normal workweek is 8-5 Monday through Friday, with frequent hours to include early mornings, late evenings and weekends.
Program: Coastal Fisheries Region 1
Contact Person: Derek York
Contact Phone: (281) 534-0115
Assist park staff with resource management projects. Duties may include: - Trail Maintenance and Projects- Spotlight Deer Surveys - Bat Counts - Weed Management
Program: Colorado Bend State Park
Contact Person: Debbie Hicks
Contact Phone: (325) 628-3240
This position will serve as a volunteer for Cooper Lake State Park Doctors Creek unit. This position will work with park staff to assist in maintenance, janitorial, clerical, trail work and/or customer service duties.
Program: Cooper Lake State Park/Doctors Creek Unit
Contact Person: Tony Smith
Contact Phone: (903) 945-5256
This position will serve as a volunteer for Cooper Lake State Park South Sulphur unit. This position will work with park staff to assist in maintenance, janitorial, clerical, trail work, and/or customer service duties.
Program: Cooper Lake State Park/South Sulphur Unit
Assists the Region 4 Cultural Resources Coordinator with sensitive archeological site visits and conducts research at local state parks and labs. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, fieldwork, lab work or research, as needed. Must be an ethics-bound member in good standing of a Houston or surrounding area archeological society with corresponding certifications. A background check is required.
Program: Cultural Resources--State Parks
Contact Person: Jason Chambers
Contact Phone: (281) 456-8266 x236
Service projects needing graduation hours for community serive.Cleaning areas for birding and camping sites, other projects include monarch butterflies, bird count, aquatic science project .Will instructed on hand tool safety and the how to use shovels, rakes, loopers,etc.
Program: Devils River State Natural Area- Hughes Unit
Contact Person: Nora Padilla
Contact Phone: (830) 395-2133
Do you have a passion for nature and the outdoors? If you enjoy talking and learing about nature and being outside in the beautiful San Felipe Creek this opporunity is for you! Park Ranger will be providing instructional training before outreach programsAs an Outreach Volunteer you will be able to share your passion by assisting with:Leave No Trace, Fishing 101, Aquatic Science, Aquatic Wild, Native Plant and Wildlife Identification.We are hoping to have several events in Del Rio, Texas. We will have about 50 students at each event, will divide the lesson/talks/ presentation to about 10-12 students per presenation and rotate them from one presenter to another.
Program: Devils River State Natural Area-Del Norte Unit
Do you have a passion for nature & the outdoors? Do you want to share the joy of the natural world with others? Do you want to help us protect the wonder of Enchanted Rock? Do we have an opportunity for you!Enchanted Rock Interpretation/Education Volunteers are on the front line of helping visitors enjoy the state natural area while also teaching them ways that they can help protect this place for future visitors and future generations!Duties may include:- Independently presenting educational and interpretive talks and hikes.- Assisting park staff with guided hikes, school group programs & evening programs.- Leading experiential based programs such as Nature Journaling or Art in the Park.- Performing informal roving interpretation including table demonstrations, such as Skins & Skulls.- Teach skills based programs, such as Birdwatching, Stargazing, or Nature Journaling.A criminal background check is required.
Program: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Contact Person: Addison Preston
Contact Phone: (830) 358-8133
If you are an avid paddler and want to teach others the skills you have, we have a volunteer position for you! GISP is looking for new kayak guides to assist our staff and trained guides with kayak programs throughout the warm months of the year (March- Novemeber).Volunteer Duties Include:
Program: Galveston Island State Park
Contact Person: Taylor Burley Galaviz
Contact Phone: (409) 737-1222
Come be a volunteer at Goliad State Park where you can assist the park with various opportunities depending on your interest and experience. Special skills are highly desired. Program opportunities include: - Assisting with and conducting interpretive programs including bird walks, wildflower walks, history tours, etc.- Maintaining the Wildlife Viewing Blind and Bird Feeding Program- Greeting people at Mission Espiritu Santo and Zaragoza Birthplace- Maintaining interpretive exhibits and materials- Assisting with special events- Maintaining park flower beds- Demonstrating Spanish Colonial lifeways, such as spinning, weaving, and blacksmithing Criminal background check required. Must be 17 years old or accompanied by an adult and be able to volunteer five hours each month.Does not include Park Hosting opportunities. See Park Host (Maintenance) or Park Host (Interpretation/Education).
Program: Goliad State Park
Contact Person: Kersten Berry
Contact Phone: (361) 645-3405
Are you passionate about preserving native ecosystems? Goose Island is looking for volunteers to assist with invasive species removal and other natural resources projects. Work alongside the natural resources team to help restore and preserve native ecosystems in the park by removing harmful invasive plants, surveying species in the area, and more. As a Natural Resources Volunteer you can assist with stewardship activities including:
Program: Goose Island State Park
Contact Person: Kristen Eggers
Contact Phone: (512) 662-2223
Volunteers will periodically receive email notifications and details about upcoming projects and instructions for how to sign up to help. Dates and times for projects vary.Below are a few of the recurring projects that we have throughout the year, but there are many outside of this list that occur as well:-Spotlight Surveys (varies September-November)-Fire Prep (August-October generally)-Hunt Prep (October-November generally)-Game Camera Analysis (November-January generally)-Cowbird Trapping (March - May)-Savannah Restoration (May-July)-Miscellaneous Projects - Volunteer opportunities pop up throughout the year. Opportunities vary but may include vegetation surveys, arthropod monitoring, invasive species removal, habitat restoration work, public hunt assistance, maintenance, gardening, trail work, road clearing, and more.
Program: Government Canyon State Natural Area
Contact Person: Ryan Thornton
Contact Phone: (210) 688-9055 x2003
Work with park staff to perform service projects on specified days that the VFW will be coming out to the park.*Only VFW members should apply and be placed with this opportunity.*
Program: Guadalupe River State Park
Contact Person: Jessica Bergner
Contact Phone: (830) 214-3635
This weekday opportunity is designed for those who have an interest in pursuing a career in the wildlife management field. Farm type work like pond sweeping, water quality testing and general assistance to hatchery technicians are some of the experiences with this volunteer position. Contact us to find out more.Current wildlife management students, exceptional high school students and others with an interest in developing their skills in this field are encouraged to apply.
Program: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Contact Person: Craig Brooks
Contact Phone: (903) 670-2222
Assist hatchery staff with maintenance, pond management and fish culture. Volunteer can select shifts during normal hatchery hours: 8am - 4pm, M-F. The hatchery is located in North Texas, approximately 23 miles west of Wichita Falls below Lake Diversion.
Program: Dundee Fish Hatchery
Contact Person: John Paret
Contact Phone: (940) 586-1203
Assist hatchery staff with pond management, fish culture, and hatchery maintenance. Volunteer can select shifts during normal hatchery hours: 8am - 4pm, M-F. The hatchery is located in North Texas about 90 miles west of Ft. Worth.
Program: Possum Kingdom Fish Hatchery
Contact Person: Ryan Rogers
Contact Phone: (940) 779-2301