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NOTE: ABKSNA does not have Park Host opportunities at this time.

Position: Volunteer Site Assistants

Responsibilities: 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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The Ambassador Program supports our public lands by connecting conservation-minded young adults with recreational and volunteer opportunities to foster the next generation of State Park stewards.


Program: Ambassador Program

Contact Person: Samantha Toback

Contact Phone: (512) 389-8572

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Contact Person: Tony Smith

Contact Phone: (903) 945-5256

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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

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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

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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 programs

As 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

Contact Person: Nora Padilla

Contact Phone:

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Assists the general public and organized groups that come to our center to enjoy a day of fishing. Examples of some duties performed include: greeting the public, delivering safety and fishing orientations, preparing bait, repairing rods and reels, removing fish hooks, and recording attendace data. Criminal background check required.


Program: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

Contact Person: Craig Brooks

Contact Phone: (903) 670-2222

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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:


  • Maintaining kayak gear at the park, including kayaks, lifejackets, paddles and other gear

  • Assisting lead guides on public paddling trips until trained on becoming a lead guide

  • Being able to talk to the public in an educational and informative manner, while upholding the TPWD standards

  • Be able to paddle for up to 2 hours at a time in semi- open water of Galveston Bay

  • Occasionally have to tow in other paddlers

  • Learn and present information about the habitat and inhabitants of the Galveston Bay and marsh ecosystem

  • Be physically capable to perform all duties



Volunteers will receive training in the basics of marsh and bay ecology, interpretation and the paddling trail of Galveston Island SP.

This is an outdoor opportunity, so volunteers must be prepared to contend with the elements of Galveston including heat, humidity, thorny plants, mosquitoes, and other wildlife.

Please contact the Interpretive Ranger with any additional questions.


Program: Galveston Island State Park

Contact Person: Taylor Burley Galaviz

Contact Phone: (409) 737-1222

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Garner State Park is looking for individuals interested in managing and maintaining the park's unique resources. Specifically, people who love nature! This position is open to both local volunteers seeking service hours or park hosts for 1 to 6 months. For hosts, we'll provide you with a full hookup site (50 amp) in exchange for 24 hours of volunteer work per week.

Duties for this opportunity may include some or all of the following:
- Maintaining the park's bird blind (watering, planting and pruning trees, daily cleaning and feeding as well as creating and maintaining a natural environment for bird viewing)
- Watering park trees
- Maintaining the native garden
- Leading interpretive hikes/nature walks
- Assisting with and developing interpretive programs.


Program: Garner State Park

Contact Person: Erin Turner

Contact Phone: (830) 232-6132 x236

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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

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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: Theresa Edwards

Contact Phone: (210) 688-9055 x2002

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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

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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

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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

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We're looking for volunteers who are looking to gain experience, or who already have experience, in natural resource field work!

Duties may include:

-Assisting with wildlife surveys (such as golden-cheeked warblers or white-tailed deer)
-Deploying trail cameras and recording data
-Maintaining hunting blinds
-Trail maintenance and preservation


Program: Hill Country State Natural Area

Contact Person: Arlyne Martinez

Contact Phone: (830) 796-4413

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