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This is on going survey of butterflys found at ABK.


Program: Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area

Contact Person: Howell Pugh

Contact Phone: (830) 328-2528

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New Volunteers must sign up for the Tree Inventory Training Event on April 13th.
You cannot sign up for Tree Inventory shifts until you go to the Tree Inventory Training Event.
Participants will learn how to collect data for our Forest Inventory as part of our Forest Management plan. There will be a classroom portion with background, instructions, tree ID, and how the information is used. Then we will go into the field and do a few plots to familiarize everyone with the process.
Volunteer Tree Inventory events will consist of a crew of 3 to 4 volunteers at a time for 4 hours shifts.
Training Day - What to Expect:
8am to 12pm: Power point instruction/lecture inside the Group Barracks at Bastrop State Park.
12pm to 2:30pm: Field training. Be prepared to be outdoors hiking through areas of the forest that have thick vegetation with no trails.
At the training volunteers will learn the history of forest management in the park and the Lost Pines. They'll learn what tree inventory is, why it's important, what we learn from the data and exactly how to do the inventory and gather that data. We will go out in the field, learn to navigate to inventory areas with GPS and conduct an hour or two of tree inventories so that everyone gets good hands on training. After this training volunteers should be able to conduct Tree Inventories with out a staff member present. After the training volunteers are expected to sign up for 2 or more inventory events a month.
Bring: Sack lunch, snacks, bottled water, note pade and writing utensil, sun and bug protection. Wear weather appropriate clothing, close toed shoes, pants, long sleeve recommended.

*Recommended for able bodied persons as inventory takes place in thick vegetation, off trails, and can require miles of hiking through very uneven terrain with lots of tripping hazards.

Field Duties Include: Conditions during field training and during all other tree inventory volunteer events: Outdoors, off trail, through forest vegetation/thick vegetation, uneven terrain, hazardous plants in some areas. Volunteers need to be able to hike 4 to 5 miles off trail, hiking over downed tree logs, through thick brush, up hills, possibly down ravines, watching for stump holes/vines/hazardous vegetation and other hazards.

Required Qualifications: Must have gone to the in person Tree Inventory Training on Saturday, 1/27/24 or go to the Tree Inventory Training on April 13th before signing up for shifts.

Time Comitment: Minimum of signing up for two shifts a month. One shift is 4 hours long.

These tree inventories will be going on all year. Time slots every Saturday and Sunday morning/afternoons. Shifts will be 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon. If we have enough interest for weekday inventory then we will open up time slots then as well.


Program: Bastrop State Park

Contact Person: Madalyn Miller

Contact Phone: (512) 718-0211

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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: Layla Spurlock

Contact Phone: (432) 424-3327

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Major Duties:

Represent TPWD State Parks in a positive manner and supplement the work of park staff.

- Support interpretive ranger during their interpretive events and with assembling materials for interpretive programs.

Provide structured and roving interpretation, including:

- Lead/assist with guided hikes for the visiting public, including school field trip groups. Hikes will include information about the park''s flora and fauna and about the history of its development and cultural resources.

- Provide general information and assistance to park visitors.

- Assist in running the Nature Center and Gym complex to give the public educational opportunities. This may include minimal custodial upkeep of these areas.

Requirements:

- Passion for Texas State Parks.

- Knowledge and interest in park''s natural and cultural resources and willingness to continue learning.

- Experience working in a classroom setting or working with young people strongly preferred.

- Experience with public speaking and ability to effectively communicate with public, other volunteers, and staff.

- Essential opportunity functions require walking or standing for extended periods of time.

- Criminal background check clearance.

Time Commitment:
- 24 hour work week (flexible)
- A minimum of a three month stay, maximum of 12 months.

Benefits:
- Free stay in a water/electric campsite
- 24 hour work week
- Knowledge that you are stewarding and protecting Texas State Parks for use today and by future generations.
- Training in interpretation and access to resources and tools to continue to learn about the dynamic natural and cultural resources of the park.


Program: Choke Canyon State Park

Contact Person: Hannah Schulze

Contact Phone: (361) 436-2613

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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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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: Frank Barrientez

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: Andrew Savage

Contact Phone: (903) 395-3100

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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: Andrew Savage

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

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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) 685-3636

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Program: Region 3 Office

Contact Person: Toni Aguilar

Contact Phone: (903) 245-3178

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Do you enjoy working with the public? Love to share your knowledge of birds? Astronomy? Edible mushrooms? Fort Parker State Park is looking for volunteers to assist with educational programming. This position does not require any prior training or education. We have volunteer opportunities for every level. Assist park staff in leading kayaking, hiking, arts'n'crafts, and other nature-themed activities OR lead your own preapproved program to share your passion for nature. Dates and times are flexible.


Program: Fort Parker State Park

Contact Person: Leah Turner

Contact Phone: (254) 562-5751

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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: Skye Evans

Contact Phone: (361) 645-3405

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Assist with wildlife/plantlife surveys at Guadalupe River State Park and Honey Creek State Natural Area. No experience necessary; training will be provided.

Upcoming wildlife surveys:
-Breeding bird point-count surveys (Spring 2024; survey team is FULL)
-Golden-cheeked Warbler point-count surveys (Spring 2024; survey team is FULL)
-White-tailed Deer Spotlight Surveys (Fall 2024)


Program: Guadalupe River State Park

Contact Person: Jessica Bergner

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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

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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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