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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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NOTE:  **ABK DOES NOT HAVE PARK HOST opportunities at this time.**

Position-Site Assistant, Supervisor- Site Superintendent, 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-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, Training-Orientation


Program: Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area

Contact Person: James Rice

Contact Phone: (853) 548-9622

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Many species of amphibians call our park home, and we need your help to check the diversity and health of their populations. Between October and March, we will have a series of day and night surveys of our restored wetlands and prairies. Volunteers will spot, identify, and catalogue amphibians by their call, eggs, and sight.

Anyone interested in amphibians is encouraged to volunteer. Training will be provided on the methods and tools used prior to the survey. Survey dates are variable and subject to change depending on the conditions.

Minimum age of 18-Criminal Background Check Required


Program: Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

Contact Person: Taylor Shimabukuro

Contact Phone: (281) 456-2800

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Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center has had over 250 bird species sighted within its boundaries! We have birds during all seasons and many migratory species may stop in.

In our restored prairie and wetlands, a seasonal bird survey is conducted to monitor the different species that are found. Once a month from September to May, we are looking for volunteers to help assist with this very important project.

All skill levels are welcomed; from advanced birders to beginners. On-spot training will be provided.


Program: Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

Contact Person: Taylor Shimabukuro

Contact Phone: (281) 456-2800 x230

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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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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: Nicole Carrillo

Contact Phone: (281) 534-0118

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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. Please follow up with an email to Christopher.Mace@tpwd.texas.gov


Program: Coastal Fisheries Region 2

Contact Person: Christopher Mace

Contact Phone: (361) 729-5429

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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: Brian Bartram

Contact Phone: (361) 729-2328

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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: Faye Grubbs

Contact Phone: (361) 825-3281

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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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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 used 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. 


Program: Barton Warnock Visitor Center

Contact Person: Tim Gibbs

Contact Phone: (432) 424-3327

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Assists the Aquatic Exhibits Curator with behind-the-scenes daily operations, maintenance, special projects, preparing diet and feeding various fish. Certified Scuba divers may assist in underwater operations or maintenance.


Program: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

Contact Person: Leslie Kessner

Contact Phone: (903) 670-2272

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Visual survey of doves species by GPS points on driving routes throughout Houston and upper coast.


Program: Houston Urban Wildlife Program

Contact Person: Kelly Norrid

Contact Phone: (281) 456-7029 x22

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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

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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!

Friends of McKinney Falls is a group of like-minded individuals who work together with Texas Parks and Wildlife in the shared vision of protecting and conserving this natural space for future generations. We want visitors to enjoy the unique experience McKinney Falls has to offer and inspire a lifelong appreciation and respect for nature and the legacy of Texas history.

Our activities include: helping with educational programs, trash clean-up, fundraising, and community outreach, hosting fun events, and more!

Join us today!

For more information contact:
Jamie Gillis @ Jamie.Gillis@tpwd.texas.gov or
Enola Bowers @ cmaladee@gmail.com


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Jamie Gillis

Contact Phone: (210) 334-9328

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Students from Presidio Independent School District working at Fort Leaton State Historic Site as Tour Guides and Volunteer workers.


Program: Fort Leaton State Historic Site

Contact Person: Manuela Catano

Contact Phone: (432) 229-3613

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Do you have a green thumb? We want you to come out and help us keep our gardens and wildscapes in tiptop shape. Assist with the overall development and maintenance of the gardens and trails. Duties include pruning, invasives removal, weeding, and planting. No experience necessary, all training will be provided.
Minimum age of 18—Criminal Background Check required


Program: Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

Contact Person: Taylor Shimabukuro

Contact Phone: (281) 456-2800 x230

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Do you have a passion for the outdoors and for our natural resources? Have you spent time learning about local cultural history or geology? Would you like to make a lasting impact and difference in a young person's life that they will remember forever?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you may be perfect for the Trails to Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA project we are hosting at Government Canyon SNA. The project is going to bring youth from economically distressed and underserved areas in Bexar County to Govt. Canyon for a basic hike, and learning experiences.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with the events which would be roughly a half day in length and for people with all kinds of experience in the Natural Resources, Wildlife Biology, Geology or History fields or with no experience at all but who have an interest in reaching youth from urban, economically distressed portions of San Antonio who may not have ever been in an outside setting before.

The program will now be occurring mostly during winter and spring. These learning experiences could cover any number of topics regarding conservation including; native plants, recharge zones and aquifers; wildlife; endangered species; current topics in conservation for e.g.., animal sightings at the canyon; Skin and Skulls (a predator vs prey lesson) or Project WILD lessons and others not mentioned here.


We are hoping to have about 10 events for the year with about 30 students at each event. If there were more students, we will divide the lesson/talks/presentation to about 10-15 kids per presentation and rotate them from one to the other so presenters aren’t overwhelmed.


How This Helps Our Community


The focus of this project has been to locate youth from the most urban, economically distressed areas in San Antonio and we will be bringing them out here for field trips. The hope is they can learn and connect with Govt. Canyon SNA; a natural resource area they may not know about.

We hope that this will build a bridge for the well-being of the youth involved and the future of TPWD. At the minimum, we hope that whomever comes out here, will at least take a new, happy or inspirational experience home with them. For more information on the program, you can look at the synopsis of it here: https://trails2tomorrow.wordpress.com/


Program: Government Canyon State Natural Area

Contact Person: Valerie Welch

Contact Phone: (210) 688-9055 x2074

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This opportunity is designed for those who have an interest in pursuing a career in the wildlife management field. Current wildlife management students, exceptional high school students and others with an interest in developing their skills in this filed are encouraged to apply.


Program: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

Contact Person: Leslie Kessner

Contact Phone: (903) 670-2272

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Giving educational 'Bat Chats', collecting bat roost data, attend regular meetings and training


Program: Houston Urban Wildlife Program

Contact Person: Diana Foss

Contact Phone: (281) 456-7029 x21

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Trapping and leg banding of white winged and mourning doves in the greater Houston area. You must be pre-approved to participate in this project. Please contact the Houston Urban Wildlife Office for details.


Program: Houston Urban Wildlife Program

Contact Person: Kelly Norrid

Contact Phone: (281) 456-7029 x22

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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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Mission Tejas State Park is seeking enthusiastic, friendly, and outgoing individuals to assist the park with interpretive (ranger) programs.  There are opportunities to lead nature walks, history hikes, and various other programs.  There will also be opportunities to assist with outdoor educational events such as archery, fishing, and geocaching.  There is also a need for assistance with school fieldtrips throughout the year.


Preferred experience would include some knowledge of flora and fauna indigenous to the Pineywoods region of Texas, although anything can be learned.  Experience presenting to groups and ability to hike trail for 1-2 hours at a time.  Most programs take place on weekends at various times.  There is the ability to make your own schedule, you can even create your own programs if desired.


Please consider a fulfilling opportunity giving back to our community by joining the Mission Tejas State Park team!  


Contact the park at 936-687-2394, if you have any questions or if you would like assistance applying.  We may be out in the park working so please leave a message if you get our answering machine.  Follow-up emails directed to Dawn.Gilbert@tpwd.texas.gov are encouraged.


Program: Mission Tejas State Park

Contact Person: Dawn Gilbert

Contact Phone: (936) 687-2394

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If you love to fish, here’s a unique opportunity for a park host at an Inland Fisheries facility! The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center has an available position starting immediately for a 3 month term with options for shorter or longer stays. TFFC is a full-production fish hatchery with an aquatic nature center and stocked fishing ponds. Visitors to TFFC enjoy touring the freshwater animal exhibits, viewing a dive show, fishing at the casting ponds and exploring the 0.6 mile Wetland Trail. We provide all equipment for fishing and brief instructional assistance for new anglers. TFFC’s hatchery focuses primarily on largemouth bass production while raising and stocking catfish, koi and trout.


Park hosts are provided a 50/30 amp full hook-up campsite at an adjacent RV park in exchange for a minimum of 20 volunteer hours per week at TFFC and 5 volunteer hours per week at the adjacent RV park. TFFC shifts are primarily weekend with a few weekdays. The main duties of park hosts will be to provide basic fishing instruction, distribute fishing poles and assist with catches. Other duties may include but are not limited to:



  • Facility maintenance (sweeping, checking and cleaning bathrooms, etc.)

  • Grounds maintenance

  • Interpretive programs and tours

  • Supervising event rentals

  • Assisting with special events


Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Criminal background check is required along with 3 references (character, employment or previous park host). Married couples are welcome to apply together as ample hours are available.


We encourage you to contact Leslie Kessner at 903-670-2272 or leslie.kessner@tpwd.texas.gov with questions.


Website: www.tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc


Program: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

Contact Person: Leslie Kessner

Contact Phone: (903) 670-2272

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Do you enjoy the great outdoors and want to put your skills and abilities to use for Texas State Parks?  If so, you'll love the scenic canyon landscape of Caprock Canyons State Park, not to mention the Official Bison Herd of Texas grazing out on the prairie.  And, best of all, you'll earn a FREE water and electric campsite just for helping us out at only 24 hours per week.  This position is open for interested parties for the year 2019 only.  Responsibilities inlcude helping with visitation surveys when needed, various facilities maintenance duties, and other volunteer duties as assigned.  Park hosts will be provided a 50 amp. RV site with water and sewer connections.  You bring your own tent or camper.  Good communication skills and a friendly demeanor are the desired qualifications for this opportunity as the park host will also assist with face to face communication with visitors.  A criminal background check is required.


Program: Caprock Canyons State Park

Contact Person: Le'Ann Pigg

Contact Phone: (806) 455-1492

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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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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

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Park Hosts are volunteers that live onsite in RVs at San Jacinto Battleground/Battleship TEXAS SHS. Park Hosts duties include: Docent/Deck Watch, grounds and trail maintenance, conducting interpretative programs, curatorial projects, Battleship restoration, and custodial duties. Other projects may be available on a case by case basis. Please contact the Park Host coordinator for a specific list of job duties. Park Hosts receive a RV hookup with 50/30 AMP electric, water, and sewer in exchange for a commitment of 100 hours per month for each RV site. No experience is necessary. Orientation and training are provided.


Program: San Jacinto Battleground SHS

Contact Person: Katelyn Shaver

Contact Phone: (281) 479-2431 x232

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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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Gardening, Maintenance, Nature Walks (can train).  To help with children (especially school group outdoor education) must be able to pass background check


Program: Estero Llano Grande State Park

Contact Person: Jose Uribe

Contact Phone: (956) 565-3919

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Be part of a large-scale prairie and wetland restoration project! Our volunteers come out every Tuesday from 8:00am-11:30am (Prairie) and Wednesday 9:00am-11:30am (Wetland) to plant, pot, and perform other restoration activities. Volunteers should expect to get dirty and learn about prairies and wetlands! No experience necessary, orientation and training provided.


Minimum age of 18—Criminal Background Check required


Program: Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

Contact Person: Jacob Poinsett

Contact Phone: (281) 456-2800 x230

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Assist with management and monitoring of natural and cultural resources.


Program: Government Canyon State Natural Area

Contact Person: Casey Cowan

Contact Phone: (210) 688-9055 x2003

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This opportunity is for local volunteers who are not members of the Master Naturalists and who want to participate in prairie restoration efforts at San Jacinto Battleground/Battleship Texas SHS SP. Duties include watering, potting, and planting prairie grasses.


Program: San Jacinto Battleground SHS

Contact Person: Katelyn Shaver

Contact Phone: (281) 479-2431 x232

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This opportunity is for local volunteers who are not members of the Master Naturalists and who want to participate in prairie restoration efforts at San Jacinto Battleground/Battleship Texas SHS SP. Duties include watering, potting, and planting prairie grasses.


Program: San Jacinto Battleground SHS

Contact Person: Katelyn Shaver

Contact Phone: (281) 479-2431 x232

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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: We would prefer to see you at least once a month, if not more often.

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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Volunteer will participate in various opportunities as assigned, from assisting with educational programs to performing general maintenance tasks.


Program: South Llano River State Park

Contact Person: Scott Whitener

Contact Phone: (325) 446-3994

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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: Scott Whitener

Contact Phone: (325) 446-3994

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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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