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General volunteers assist park staff with a variety of duties including, but not limited to: giving interpretive programs and roving interpretation (pending successful completion of interpretative training), general office and clerical duties, answering telephones, special events, community outreach, cleaning facilities, litter pick-up, mowing grass, trimming trees, light repairs, trailwork, and natural resource surveys. Criminal background check is required.
Program: Abilene State Park
Contact Person: Candyce Johnson
Contact Phone: (325) 267-4871
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Park Hosts assist park staff with various duties that include, but are not limited to: trash pickup, fire-ring maintenance, minor construction projects, vehicle repair, assisting with schools groups, special events, and interpretive programs, working the concession stand at our pool, and collecting fees at our headquarters. Park Hosts work a minimum of 24 hours a week for individuals and 30 hours for couples. A Criminal Background Check is required. All of our sites are 50amp.
NOTE: ABK does not have Park Host opportunities at this time.Position: Site Assistant, SupervisorSite SuperintendentResponsibilities: 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 orientation 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
This opportunity is only for approved and selected 2020 South and East Texas Ambassadors.The Ambassador Program supports our public lands by connecting conservation-minded young adults with recreational and volunteer opportunities in order to foster the next generation of State Park stewards. To learn more about upcoming application seasons, visit: www.TexasStateParks.org/ambassadors or follow us on: Instagram @txstateparkambassadors, Facebook /texasstateparkambassadors, and Twitter twitter.com/TxSPAmbassadors
Program: Ambassador Program
Contact Person: Louisa Torrance
Contact Phone: (512) 389-8572
This opportunity is for Ambassador Alumni to log all volunteer hours after the successful completion of their Ambassadorship.
Contact Phone: (512) 550-8425
Assist TPWD State Parks archeologists with field work and/or analysis.
Program: Cultural Resources--State Parks
Contact Person: Robin Barnes
Contact Phone: (737) 218-2220
Do you have a passion for parks? Are you a people person? Apply to be a Park Host Front Office Clerk (Headquarters Host) at Atlanta State Park! Park Hosts are a vital part of any park's operation. Atlanta is seeking energetic, friendly, and outgoing Park Hosts to assist in all aspects of park office operations. Previous Park Host experience is preferred, but not required. Headquarters Park Hosts report for work at the Atlanta State Park Headquarters Office. The Headquarters Office is open to the public from 8:00am 5:00pm. The primary schedule for this position is Friday-Sunday. These hours may vary depending on the needs of the park. Requirements: You will support TPWD's mission by assisting with the day to day functions of the park office. These include, but are not limited to, assisting headquarters staff by independently collecting entrance fees, checking in (registering) campers, answering phones/visitor questions, providing excellent customer service, and selling store merchandise. You must be comfortable using computers, doing simple math and handling money, and be able to stand for long periods of time. You will work a minimum of 24 volunteer hours per week. Park Hosts should expect to work weekends and holidays. Background check required. Benefits: As a Park Host Front Office Clerk, you will have the opportunity to meet new people and help park visitors have a memorable experience. In exchange for your time, you will be authorized to stay in the park for free for the duration of your contract. You are provided with a 50 amp full hook-up site (water, electric, and sewer) for free. The park headquarters has Wi-Fi and Verizon works in most campsites, but can be spotty. Washer and dryer available for use by Host.
Program: Atlanta State Park
Contact Person: Kayla Williams
Contact Phone: (903) 796-6476
Tasks will vary. Hosts will assist with day-to-day operations including visitor services, maintenance, facility clean-up, special events and other duties as needed. Tasks will be tailored to suit the skills and interests of each volunteer.
Program: Barton Warnock Visitor Center
Contact Person: Amber Harrison
Contact Phone: (432) 424-3327
Availability from April through November
Come join our team and experience life beneath the pines at Bastrop State Park! Spend your Spring and/or Summer in the scenic Lost Pines of Bastrop and help contribute to your Texas State Parks.Willing and eager with a can-do attitude? Then we want you! Bastrop State Park is looking for motivated couples or individuals to come enjoy the wonderful smell of loblolly pines while helping our superior park staff with daily park needs. Park Hosts assist in many aspects of park operations from maintenance, cleaning, visitor assistance, and interpretive programming.Ideal team members will have a positive and friendly attitude, a willingness to interact with visitors, good communication skills, and be capable of being flexible.The host position is for 2 to 6 months and requires at least 25 hours of volunteer work per week. In exchange for those hours we will provide you with a full hookup site (50 amp) at no charge! We also provide access to a washer and dryer facility! Also enjoy wonderful shopping and dining experiences in historic downtown Bastrop as it is only a five minute drive away from the park! With nearby cities of Austin and San Antonio that provide other day off opportunities! And Austin Airport is only a 20 minute drive away! Duties of the Park Host Required- Clean and maintain bathrooms - Oversee and maintain their campground loop, which includes but is not limited to trash pick up of entire loop, cleaning out fire rings, mowing/weedeating entire camping loop and de-weeding tent pads - Assist with historic CCC cabin cleaning- Assist visitors - Split wood. Other Duties Include but are not Limited To:- Assist with grounds maintenance of park - Assist with interpretive tours/hikes and programs - Assist with miscellaneous tasks, projects and programs.Minimum 25 hours a week with mainly days off other than weekends. Must be willing and capable of cleaning bathrooms and cabins. Applicants need to be available at least 2 consecutive months and will have the option to stay up to 6 months.Must be at least 18 years old and must pass a criminal background check.
Program: Bastrop State Park
Contact Person: Madalyn Miller
Contact Phone: (512) 718-0211
Want to follow in the footsteps of the Civilian Conservation Corps? Join our team of trail workers to keep our park in tip top shape! Requirements:Must be at least 18 years old. Or have a guardian present if under 18.Must pass Criminal Background Check (at no cost to you).Must fill out an Alternative Workforce Waiver (at the time of application).After you've been accepted and contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator, we can get you started!
Under the supervision and guidance of maintenance, store and Interpretive staff, this position assists with trail work, gardening, cleaning, repairing, mowing, carpentry, electrical, and other maintenance duties as needed. Position available for the months of December 2020 thru March 2021 and requires a minumun of three months of stay.
Program: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Contact Person: Orlando Carranco
Contact Phone: (956) 584-9156
Compadres del Rancho Grande (CDRG) is the official 501(c)3 non-profit organization working with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to promote and sustain this amazing resource.Our Mission is to provide resources to support and sustain the parks, enhance visitor experiences, and educate the public on the wonders of the parks and the importance of their natural and cultural resources.Compadres volunteers help meet the needs of the Big Bend Ranch State Park Complex through fundraising, volunteering, outreach, and education. Sign up to volunteer on the board or help with events and programs on an as needed basis. Projects may include special event organization, conducting/supporting educational programs, fundraising and networking, assistance with park operations, etc.
Big Bend Ranch State Park is now a Gold-tier Dark Sky Park recognized by the International Dark Sky Association. This designation means that the night sky over BBRSP 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. In an effort to monitor the quality of the night sky at the park, we are looking for amateur and/or professional astronomers and astrophotographers to observe and document the sky from various locations in the park.
Volunteers will adopt a location and take observations or images once or twice a year. Observations and images will be used to monitor sky quality and in public programs to raise awareness about light pollution and the importance of natural dark skies.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.
Under the direction of park staff, volunteer performs daily maintenance tasks to support the grounds and structures of Sauceda Ranger Station and Big Bend Ranch State Park. Duties may include maintenance of trails, exhibits, facilities and picnic areas. Maintenance may also include routine cleaning of campgrounds and other public facilities, including restrooms and offices. Volunteer may participate in park safety programs, special events, interpretive and visitor services. Volunteers are responsible for effective communication with Big Bend Ranch State Park Complex staff on all matters affecting programs within the park.This position may work under close supervision and perform additional duties as assigned.Volunteer complies with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.Housing is not available, but reasonable campsite accommodation may be granted on a short-term basis.
Program: Big Bend Ranch State Park
Contact Person: Laura Jennings
Contact Phone: (432) 229-3613
Volunteer to help the Bonham team keep the park looking great and offering programs to our visitors. Help is needed in every aspect of the park's operations; from maintaining the parks grounds and facilites to presenting interpretive programs on the park. Contact the park staff for details and any questions. *No Campsite Included
Program: Bonham State Park
Contact Person: Jason Schooley
Contact Phone: (903) 583-5022
Brazos Bend State Park is seeking energetic, friendly, outgoing Park Hosts to assist in all aspects of park opertations. Previous Park Host experience preferred, but not required. Brazos Bend State Park is open to the visiting public year round. Park Hosts should expect to work weekends and holidays.Hosts are a vital part of the park's operation. The main role of this position is to assist park staff by providing quality customer service. As a Park Host, you will have the opportunity to meet new people and help visitors have a memorable experience. Duties include fee collection, compsite checks, general facilities cleaning, and grounds maintenance. In exchange for 25 hrs/week of work (per campsite), Park Hosts will be provided with a full hook-up campsite (Water/Sewer/Electric).Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old. Criminal background checks are required for all persons living/staying in a host site. Park owned vehicles are available to Park Hosts for the performance of Host duties. Current site availability ranges from April to September 2021.Please contact Host coordinator Leslie McGuigan 979-553-5101, dial 0 or e-mail at: Leslie.McGuigan@tpwd.texas.gov
Program: Brazos Bend State Park
Contact Person: Leslie McGuigan
Contact Phone: (979) 553-5101 x0
Brazos Bend State Park is seeking energetic, friendly, outgoing park hosts to assist in park interpretation and outreach. Previous Park Host experience preferred, but not required. Brazos Bend State Park is open to the visiting public year round. Park Hosts should expect to work weekends and holidays.Hosts are a vital part of the park's operation. The main role of this position would be to assist park staff by providing quality customer service and educational information to the public. As a Park Host, you will have the opportunity to meet new people and help visitors have a memorable experience. Duties include general facilities cleaning and providing outreach programs. In exchange for 25 hrs/week of work (per campsite) Park Hosts will be provided with a full hook-up campsite (Water/Sewer/Electric).Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old. Criminal background checks are required for all persons living/staying in a Host site. Park owned vehicles are available to Park Hosts for the performance of Host duties. Current site availability ranges from April 2020 to September 2021.Please contact Host coordinator Leslie McGuigan 979-553-5101, dial 0 or e-mail at: Leslie.McGuigan@tpwd.texas.gov
If you are interested in Park Host opportunities, please apply for our separate Park Host opportunity. If you are interested in maintenance only, please see that opportunity.*Volunteer training dates for 2020 will be announced.Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.Volunteering at Brazos Bend involves customer service, formal interpretation (present programs/hikes), informal interpretation (staffing nature center and roving trails on weekends/holidays), operation of non-profit gift shop. Minimum hourly requirements, flexible schedule, training required.Visit: www.brazosbend.org for complete information
Contact Person: Montse Canedo
Volunteers will be doing light/small maintenance duties such as staining, painting, organizing, cleaning and groundkeeping in certain areas of the park. Need to wear work attire, cap/hat for sunshine, and comfortable shoes. Keep in mind of clothes you do not mind painting and staining in. This is a great opportunity for those in need of volunteer hours for college
Program: Balmorhea State Park
Contact Person: Edith Pena
Contact Phone: (432) 375-2370