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Current Availabilty: 2018 and 2019 are full.

Have you ever thought about living in one of Texas’ hidden treasures at no cost? The “Cathedral of the Trees” - Daingerfield State Park is one of Texas’ oldest state parks that abound with awe-inspiring natural beauty and a rich cultural tradition.  Even though this Civilian Conservation Corps built park is almost 80 year old, it had a multi-million dollar facelift in 2010 which is evident with the new bathhouses, restored historic Pavilion and the multiple full hook-up campsites.  Visitor activities are focused in and around the park’s 80 acre lake with swimming, boating and fishing activities.  Hiking around the lake on the Rustling Leaves Trail or reaching the summit on the Mountain View Trail are also important visitor activities.  Come dance the night away at the historic Pavilion with a retro Jukebox.  The rich and varied park will recharge you during you Park Hosting adventure.


Park Hosts at Daingerfield State Park join a committed team of professionals whose goal is to provide visitors with a superior outdoor experience, interpreting the natural world and conserving the park’s natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations to love and cherish.


Park Host sites at Daingerfield State Park can accommodate a wide variety of RV’s with 50/30 Amp full hook-up and 30 Amp full hook-up sites. The park has excellent cell phone coverage with Verizon & AT&T and has Wi-Fi connectivity within portions the park. A washer and dryer is available on site for you to use.


We require a minimum 25 hours per site of assigned work per week for our Park Hosts. We understand that each Park Host has different skill sets and our goal is to match you with your skills and passions.  Park Host duties at Daingerfield State Park are varied but may include the following:


-              Campsite Maintenance
-              Cleaning Restrooms and Bathhouses
-              Grounds Maintenance
-              Assisting with Interpretative Programs
-              Assisting with Special Events
-              Superior Customer Service at Park Headquarters
-              Afterhours Campsite Checks
-              Carpentry
-              Facility Maintenance


If you are interested in this Park Hosting adventure, please click on the link below. Limited availability so contact us today!! 


Program: Daingerfield State Park

Contact Person: Tony Smith

Contact Phone: (903) 645-2921

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Assist TPWD staff teaching Archery, Fishing and outdoor skills to youth at this family heritage event.  No experience necessary.


Program: Outreach Events

Contact Person: Lacey Estus

Contact Phone: (512) 389-4361

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Help TPWD staff (Fri.-Sun., 28-30 SEP) with fun, hands-on activities like archery, fishing, camping skills and more. Training provided onsite. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt, parking and grounds pass for the day.


Program: Outreach Events

Contact Person: Lacey Estus

Contact Phone: (512) 389-4361

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Are you passionate the outdoors, and knowledgeable about nature?
Volunteer to staff the nature center, lead guided hikes and provide arts and crafts programs at Martin Dies, Jr. State Park.
You can share your knowledge with park visitors, and help promote conservation.


Program: Martin Dies, Jr. State Park

Contact Person: Amy Kocurek

Contact Phone: (409) 698-6636

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This is a year round volunteer opportunity opened to individuals and groups. Contact the park for more information.


Program: Sea Rim State Park

Contact Person: Glenda Rutherford

Contact Phone: (409) 971-2559

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Mother Neff State Park is located in the Central Flyway Migratory Corridor and also contains priority habitat for the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler. We are currently seeking volunteers from beginners to experts to assist with birding programs for school fieldtrips, bird walks and other special events.


Volunteers will be assisting program participants with how to properly use binoculars, identify birds, and learn the importance of preserving our native habitat for wildlife.

Volunteers can also help support through maintaining bird blinds and assisting in bird surveys.


This project is supported by a Bratten Foundation Grant. Your participation as a volunteer helps us meet grant requirements.


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Program: Mother Neff State Park

Contact Person: Melissa Chadwick

Contact Phone: (254) 853-2389 x224

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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

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This is for Camp Wild volunteers who are not Texas Master Naturalist to track and record hours for only the Camp Wild Event.


Program: Galveston Island State Park

Contact Person: Kyle O'Haver

Contact Phone: (409) 737-1222

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Approved applicants to serve a 6 month Ambassadorship with Central and West Texas State Parks.


Program: Park Ambassadors

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This is for instructors to report class/event participation numbers for Archery classes and Explore Bowhunting classes.


Program: Community Archery

Contact Person: Travis Glick

Contact Phone: (214) 532-1613

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*This is not a Park Host/Resident Volunteer Position with RV accomodations.*

Short term volunteer opportunity to fulfill school credit requirements, Earth Day projects, school and group service hours, and MLK Day of Service.  Volunteer assignments may consist of invasive plant removal, butterfly garden maintenance and expansion, park trails maintenance (removal of trash and debris), visitor center maintenance (sweeping and mopping facility floors and restroom, replenishing restroom supplies, vacuuming carpets, cleaning windows, tables and counterops), sorting park recycling receptacles and emptying wastebaskets, cleaning facility awnings/canopies, washing state vehicles, bicycle maintenance (repairing flate tires), and other duties as assigned.

Ability to work independently or as part of a team with minimal supervision.

Criminal Background Check required.


Program: Resaca de la Palma State Park

Contact Person: Cynthia Ortiz

Contact Phone: (956) 350-2920

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This is a year round volunteer opportunity opened to individuals and groups. Volunteers will assist with any park related oppurtunity as defined by park staff.  Contact the park for more information.


Program: Copper Breaks State Park

Contact Person: Edwin Quintero

Contact Phone: (940) 839-4331

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Volunteers at Daingerfield State Park help us preserve the rich cultural and natural heritage of Texas. The “Cathedral of the Trees” - Daingerfield State Park is one of Texas’ oldest state parks. Even though this Civilian Conservation Corps built park is almost 80 year old, it had a multi-million dollar facelift in 2010 which is evident with the new bathhouses, restored historic Pavilion, and the multiple full hook-up campsites. Visitor activities are focused in and around the park’s 80 acre lake with swimming, boating and fishing activities. Hiking around the lake on the Rustling Leaves Trail or reaching the summit on the Mountain View Trail are also important visitor activities. Starting in the Summer of 2017 we will be having weekend dances with a Jukebox. 

We are looking for volunteers who can help us with a multitude of projects. Some examples include

- Trail Clean up
- Assisting with or leading interpretive programs or activities
- Helping decorate, working during, or clean up special events (Valentine’s Day Dance, Christmas in the Park, Halloween Event, and others)
- Helping with weekend Dances
- Painting
- Splitting wood
- Service Projects
- Your Passion!


Groups or volunteers can contact the park to set up a time to volunteer or attend scheduled public volunteer days and special events. If you would like to be put on the park’s volunteer mailing list apply online or contact the Park (903-645-2921).


Program: Daingerfield State Park

Contact Person: Tony Smith

Contact Phone: (903) 645-2921

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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: Leslie Kessner

Contact Phone: (903) 670-2272 x

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Do you love Garner State Park? Are you looking for ways to be involved in directly supporting the busiest State Park in texas? Join passionate people like you in the Friends of Garner State Park! Sign up here to get in touch and get involved in assisting the Friends of Garner Group with the following projects:

Summer Hayrides: Drivers and Narrators needed!
Bird Blind: help us maintain the wonderful bird blind built and donated by F.O.G
Aluminum Can Pick-up: Help us gather and recycle aluminum cans throughout the park
Visitor Center: assist visitors with frequently asked questions about directions, park history, and wildlife!


Program: Garner State Park

Contact Person: Shaylee Burns

Contact Phone: (830) 232-6132 x236

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Do you love McKinney Falls State Park? Are you looking for ways to be involved in directly supporting the only State Park in the city of Austin? Join passionate people like you in the Friends of McKinney Falls State Park! Sign up here to get in touch and get involved!


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Kristen Williams

Contact Phone: (512) 243-1643

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This is for instructors to report class/event participation numbers for Archery classes and Explore Bowhunting classes.


Program: Community Archery Houston

Contact Person: Kendrick Gray

Contact Phone: (346) 236-9278

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Presentations, booths talks and general assistance with tasks in regards to urban wildlife in the greater Houston area.


Program: Houston Urban Wildlife Program

Contact Person: Kelly Norrid

Contact Phone: (281) 456-7029 x22

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assists in setting up breaking down and presenting programs


Program: Copper Breaks State Park

Contact Person: Edwin Quintero

Contact Phone: (940) 839-4331

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Do you have a passion for nature? Do you enjoy working outside?  Then volunteering as an Interpretive Volunteer of McKinney Falls State Park is the perfect fit for you.  In this role, you will assist and/or lead: 



  • Guided Hikes (Plant/Tree/Bird ID, etc.)

  • Art in the Park

  • Special Events (Photography, History, Geocaching, etc.)


Volunteers will receive training in interpretation and access to resources and tools to continue to learn about the dynamic natural and cultural resources of the park. Positions are available for the weekends, but an occasional week day shift is possible.  Volunteers are asked to commit to 6 months for a minimum of one 4 hour biweekly.   A criminal background check is required. 


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Kristen Williams

Contact Phone: (512) 243-1643

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Looking for an opportunity to work outside, gain new skills, and give back to the only state park in Austin, TX? Join our team as a Trail Crew Volunteer!

Dedicate a minimum of 4 hours on the third Saturday of each month to give our trails system some TLC.


Trail maintenance experience is a plus but not necessary. We will train you in  proper tool usage, trail specifications, and natural resource management.

Our goal is to have a committed group of individuals to service our trails once a month and lead community groups on additional service days in the park as needed.

Trail Days (Third Saturday of each month)
8:30am-12:30pm
Meet at the Playground after obtaining entrance permits at HQ. State that you're a Trail Crew Volunteer and your entry fees will be waived for the day.
Bring your own non-mechanized hand tools (loppers, rakes, weed cutters) if you have them. We are very limited on our supplies.
Bring Water! Snacks! A backpack! Bug spray! Your own vehicle!
Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants to protect your legs (like jeans), work gloves, and eye protection (safety goggles).
Leave dogs/pets/children under the age of 15 years old at home. All minors 15 years or older must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire duration of the event.

Questions? Email Kristen Williams(kristen.williams@tpwd.texas.gov)


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Kristen Williams

Contact Phone: (512) 243-1643

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Big Bend Ranch State Park, by giving your park trails some much needed TLC. 

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 8:30am-1pm
Meet: Sauceda HQ
Wear: pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes, hat
Bring: water bottle, snacks, lunch, gloves, positive attitude

We will provide the trail tools, and water. 

All minors, 17 years of age and younger, must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. 

More information will become available closer to the event day. 

Questions? Contact Brandi Heasley at Brandi.Heasley@tpwd.texas.gov


Program: Big Bend Ranch State Park

Contact Person: Brandi Heasley

Contact Phone: (432) 358-4444

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Work with the Habitat Mapping team to conduct oyster restoration monitoring (oyster sampling and acoustic survey). Prefer experience on boats and gps units.


Program: Habitat Assessment

Contact Person: Brad Grimmett

Contact Phone: (281) 534-0119 x

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Assist the Park staff in conducting educational programs, hikes and activities for vistiors, scouts, youth groups and school groups. this could include leading themed hikes, natural and cultural programs.


Program: Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway

Contact Person: David Owens

Contact Phone: (940)327-8950

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Have you ever wanted to step back in time and work on a 19th century farm?

This position includes daily farm chores as well as engaging  vistitors about daily life on the 1850s cotton farm of Dr. Anson Jones, the last President of Texas. Interpreting to site visitors, conducting school programs and assisting with livestock care are all parts of this position. Historically appropriate period clothing and attire is required when working on site. 

Barrington Living History Farm is located with-in the boundaries of Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, a nearly 300 acre park nestled along the banks of the Brazos River in Washington County. This day-use only facility for visitors offers a nice break for parks hosts from traditional camping parks. Our park hosts truely enjoy the quiet nights after the park closes at sun-down. The park maintains more than a mile of walking trails, nicely maintained grasslands and wooded areas to walk. Birders also appreciate our diverse species that migrate through at different times of the year. 

If you enjoy Texas history and want to help bring the past to life for thousands of park visitors than Barrington Farm is the spot for you!


Program: Washington-on-the-Brazos SHS

Contact Person: Jonathan Failor

Contact Phone: (936) 878-2214 x224

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Resaca de la Palma is seeking friendly and outgoing park host for the season 2018. Park host have the opportunity to work in a wide range of activites including but not limited to interpretation, special events, visitor center, grounds work, and maintenance. Previous park host experence is nice, but not a requiment. Come and enjoy south Texas at Resaca de la Palma state park.


Program: Resaca de la Palma State Park

Contact Person: Kelly Cummins

Contact Phone: (956) 350-2920 x291

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Assist with special project(s) across Ray Roberts Complex (Johnson Branch, Isle Du Bois, Greenbelt, & Satellite Boat Ramps): maintenance, interpretative programing, park events, visitor services, trail work, construction/repair projects. and general park upkeep.
This Opportunity is available year round. Flexible Schedule. Number of Volunteers Needed: Unlimited. Minimum Age of Volunteers: 16 (if under 18, Volunteer will need to print a Parental Release Form and bring a completed copy to the event) Criminal Background Check: Required.


Program: Ray Roberts Lake State Park-Johnson Branch

Contact Person: Kenneth Saintonge

Contact Phone: (940) 637-2209

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This is a year round volunteer opportunity for individuals and groups interested in serving at San Angelo State Park.

Volunteer will assist with a variety of duties related to the operation of San Angelo State Park from customer service to facility and grounds maintenance and interpretive events.

Contact the park for more information.


Program: San Angelo State Park

Contact Person: Tony Wheeler

Contact Phone: (325) 949-4757 x222

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TITLE: Volunteer Ranger


DESCRIPTION: Volunteer rangers assist park staff with various duties related to the battleground. Volunteer rangers may be called upon to provide information, orientation, and interpretation to park visitors. Volunteer rangers can also assist with special events, summer camp, service projects, outreach events, litter pick up, nature programing, cleaning bathrooms and park facilities, or other needed assignments. Duties may include: conducting historic research, planning and delivering interpretive talks, helping with living history programs and tours, creating social media posts, assisting with recreation and outdoor skills-related classes, helping with grounds maintenance, assisting with prairie and marsh restoration projects, etc. 

TRAINING:  Volunteers will be given orientation information about the park and available training and workshop opportunities will be discussed. Where applicable, park staff will provide on the job training and mentoring so that volunteer rangers can acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to begin an adventure of a lifetime at the San Jacinto battleground.


TIME COMITTMENT: A minimum of 10 hours per month.


QUALIFICATIONS:  Volunteers must be able to communicate effectively about the site and be able to provide general information and assistance during visitor interactions. Depending on duties assigned, some minor manual labor and the ability to walk and lift items may be required.


AGE: 18 years or older.


DRESS CODE: We will provide a uniform top and hat but you must provide your own pants. A nice pair of long pants is preferred and jeans are acceptable.


Program: San Jacinto Battleground SHS

Contact Person: Katelyn Shaver

Contact Phone: (281) 479-2431 x232

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Assists with teaching fly fishing skills during special events and scheduled workshops at Sea Center Texas. Criminal Background Check Required. Must be 17 years old or accompanied by an adult and be able to volunteer at least 6 hours per month.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Jennifer Butler

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21

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Assists in day-to-day operations of the Sea Center Texas gift shop. Operates cash register, prices and re-stocks merchandise. Criminal Background Check Required. Must be 17 years old or accompanied by an adult and be able to volunteer at least 6 hours per month.  Minimum age is 12 years old.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Jennifer Butler

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21

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Assists with the registration of visitors, distributing customer surveys, and answering guest inquiries at Sea Center Texas. Criminal Background Check Required. Must be 17 years old or accompanied by an adult and be able to volunteer at least 6 hours per month.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Jennifer Butler

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21

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Assists with day to day operation of a marine fish hatchery at Sea Center Texas. Must be an approved visitor center volunteer in good standing before you can apply for a hatchery volunteer position. Hatchery volunteer positions are available on a limited basis. Criminal background check is required. Must be at least 17 years old and be able to volunteer at least 8 hours per week.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Jennifer Butler

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21

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Assists visitors with the handling of aquatic marine animals housed in the "touch" tank exhibit at Sea Center Texas. Answers questions about animals on exhibit. Criminal background check required. Must be 17 years old or accompanied by an adult and be able to volunteer at least 6 hours per month.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Jennifer Butler

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21

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Provides interpretive tours of the visitor center and fish culture buildings to visitors of all ages at Sea Center Texas. Guides also assist with conducting education programs for local school students. Criminal background check is required. Must be 18 years old or accompanied by an adult and be able to volunteer at least 6 hours per month.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Jennifer Butler

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21

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Sea Center Texas is a marine aquarium, education center and fish hatchery located in Lake Jackson, Texas. Sea Center Texas volunteers assist visitors during self-guided wetland and aquarium tours, the touch tank exhibit and guided fish hatchery tours. Other volunteers assist with gift shop operations as well as youth catch and release fishing events. A Criminal Background check is required. Volunteers must be 17 years old or accompanied by an adult and be able to volunteer at least 7 hours per month. Minimum age is 10 years old.  Please note that Sea Center Texas does not have any park host opportunities.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Jennifer Butler

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21

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Volunteers are needed to assist with educational programs at the park. Programs focus on sharing the park's natural history with visitors: bird walks, Geocaching, fishing, and stargazing are just a few of the programs we regularly offer.


Program: South Llano River State Park

Contact Person: Nathaniel Nouri

Contact Phone: (325) 446-3994

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Selected applicants that have been assigned to partner with a State Park as an Ambassador from April 1st to August 30th, 2018 and complete Service, Outreach, and Social Media projects to promote a State Park.


Program: Park Ambassadors

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The Buffalo Soldier Heritage and Outreach program is looking for you. The Texas Buffalo Soldiers program provides educational experiences that connect underrepresented populations with the outdoors through interpretive story telling of the Buffalo Soldiers the country's first professional African American soldiers. The Texas Buffalo Solders program brings history to life with stories, costumes and tools. At one of our programs, you can learn how to track an animal, and fish with a cane pole. The Buffalo Soldiers program is looking for volunteers of all skills and abilities, including: - Photographers and Videographers - General program assistance - Outdoor skill facilitators - Costumed interpreters.


Program: Buffalo Soldiers Heritage & Outreach Program

Contact Person: Luis Padilla

Contact Phone: (512) 389-8569

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Assisting TPWD with maintenance of the State Parks Geocache Challenge.


Program: Geocache Challenge

Contact Person: Robert Owen

Contact Phone: (512) 389-8791 x

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The volunteer will participate in offsite outreach events. Travel to schools, business, civic centers, libraries, and/or museums,
Set up and represent an park-provided educational and outreach booth with Texas Parks and Wildlife/Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site with written material and PowerPoint presentations.
Must have ability for public speaking, show positive and reliant desicion making. 
Must successfully pass a Texas Criminal Background Check.


Program: Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site

Contact Person: Tanya Petruney

Contact Phone: (432) 292-4464

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Under the direction of the Media Productions Manager, and also various Producers as assigend for certain projects, the Video Production Assistant Volunteer is responsible for assisting media producers with a wide range of support tasks for field video production work and video post-production work. Most work will occur at TPWD Austin Headquarters building, weekdays between 8am to 5pm. Will be required to archive footage and finished videos.  The possiblity for travel exists. Field production work usually occurs over several days, during all hours of the day and in locations across all of Texas. A normal 8am to 5 pm schedule is not normal during field production work- extended hours should be expected if volunteering for field production work. Works under supervision with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.


Program: TPWD Media Productions

Contact Person: Abe Moore

Contact Phone: (512) 389-8589

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This person will greet visitors, conduct tours, assist with interpretive presentations, and may participate in special events.


Program: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

Contact Person: Leslie Kessner

Contact Phone: (903) 670-2272 x

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This opportunity is for College Students Only.  This is NOT an internship.  Under the direction of the Park Manager, this position will serve as a volunteer for the Doctors Creek Unit of Cooper Lake State Park.  This position will work with park staff to assist in maintenance, janitorial, clerical, and/or customer service duties.  Please review the information online regarding volunteering for TPWD.
https://tpwd.texas.gov/volunteer/faqs
For more information, please contact Mindy Hicks at 903-395-3100.


Program: Cooper Lake State Park/Doctors Creek Unit

Contact Person: Mindy Hicks

Contact Phone: (903) 395-3100

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Assist the interpretive specialist with event planning and facilitation, visitor center exhibit creation, program creation and facilitation, social media projects, guide hikes, ecological and geological surveys and other projects which will be crafted to your skill level and interests. This position will serve as an unpaid intern for the State Park Division. Interns must receive college credit for internship hours. Interns will be responsible for occasional weekend program and event activities. Must pass a criminal background check. Internship hours will work about the student's schedule.


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Amber Conrad

Contact Phone: (512) 243-1643

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