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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: 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

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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 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: Amber Harrison

Contact Phone: (432) 424-3327

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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

Program: Brazos Bend State Park

Contact Person: Montse Canedo

Contact Phone: (979) 553-5101 x0

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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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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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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 in the end of May 2020.

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-North Unit

Contact Person: Nora Padilla

Contact Phone:

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Assist park staff with duties that may include:
- Presenting educational and interpretive hikes and talks
- Assisting with guiding hikes and evening programs
- Performing roving interpretation including table demonstrations
- Art in the park programs
- Informal interpretation (pending successful completion of interpretive training)

A criminal background check is required.

Program: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Contact Person: Stephanie Croatt

Contact Phone: (830) 685-3030

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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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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: Emily Byrd

Contact Phone: (361) 645-3405

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Assist with management and monitoring of natural and cultural resources.

If you sign up, you will receive email notifications and details about upcoming projects and instructions for how to sign up to help.

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 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: Michele Nations

Contact Phone: (940) 779-2301

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Do you enjoy the outdoors and observing birds? If so, this is the opportunity for you! As a birding tour guide volunteer, you'll be taking out visitors of various birding experiences on assigned tours throughout the park.

You may be asked to:

-utilize interpretive methods during your tour
-assist in visual and auditory identification of birds
-teach visitors' how to use and adjust binoculars

A 2-day training course is required; spots in course are limited. Knowledge of Southwest birds and use of binoculars is beneficial. Call park for more information.

Program: Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site

Contact Person: Nicole Roque

Contact Phone: (915) 857-1135

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Work with park staff under the direction of the park volunteer coordinator on a variety of natural resource based projects including trail maintenance, assisting with park interpretation (education), and maintaing wildscapes and gardens. This role is usually 90% outdoor work in changing Texas weather conditions, often on a trail. We will provide training. Once you are trained you will typically work alone or on small groups.

Lake Livingston State Park is located in Polk County on the southeast edge of Lake Livingston, an 84,000 acre reservoir. The site is popular with fishermen angling for Crappie, Catfish, and Black, White, and Striped Bass. The park is heavily wooded away from the shore, and is home to over 300 species of native and migratory birds.

Please contact the park at 936-365-2201, ext. 2058 if you have any questions or if you would like assistance applying. Follow-up emails directed to Joel.Janssen@tpwd.texas.gov are encouraged.

Volunteers must pass a criminal background check.

Program: Lake Livingston State Park

Contact Person: Joel Janssen

Contact Phone: (936) 365-2201 x2060

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Unlimited opportunities for volunteers to assist with eradication of invasive species within park campsites. This opportunity is available year round.

Program: Nails Creek - Lake Somerville State Park

Contact Person: Travis Schoppe

Contact Phone: (979) 289-2392

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Volunteer at beautiful LBJ State Park and Historic Site! Volunteers can assist in various areas of our operation.

Farm volunteers can assist in a wide variety of areas.

Opportunities include:
- Interpretation (including informal visitor contacts, school groups, or formal tours)
- Assisting with special events
- Cooking over a wood-burning stove
- Blacksmithing
- Sewing (clothes, aprons, quilts, etc)
- Knitting
- Gardening
- Animal care
- Behind the scenes maintenance, organization, administrative support

Volunteers do not need prior experience in any of these areas, though that is desirable! Staff will provide training and support.

Maintenance volunteers help staff keep the park beautiful!

Opportunities include:
- Trail maintenance
- Painting
- Minor repairs
- Landscaping & gardening
- Carpentry
- Plumbing

Other projects can vary depending on the park's current needs and the skills of the volunteer.

Visitor center volunteers assist our Customer Service team with desk & park store operations.

Opportunities include:
- Customer service
- Interpretation
- Decorating
- Inventory & tagging of goods
- Organization

We prefer volunteers to commit to at least 10 hours per month. Additional help may be requested for special events. Criminal background check required.

Program: LBJ State Park & Historic Site (includes Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm)

Contact Person: Nina Cardenas

Contact Phone: (830) 644-2252 x224

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Are you passionate about the outdoors, knowledgeable about nature, and interested in gaining new skills, experiences, and references?
Volunteer to staff the nature center, lead guided hikes, provide arts and crafts programs, and help with field trips.
You can share your knowledge with park visitors, spark curiosity, and open minds and hearts to nature.

Program: Martin Dies, Jr. State Park

Contact Person: Charles Hubbard

Contact Phone: (409) 384-5231

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General service projects volunteer for youth scouting and school groups at MTSP.

Oppourtunities include, but are not limited to:
- Habitat restoration assitance
- Landscaping/wildscaping upkeep
- Wildlife viewing area maintenance
- Assisting in maintaining trails/fire lines
- Cleaning debris from extended trail network

This application is for the Leaders of whole troops and school groups or Parent/Guardians of individuals who wish to participate in general service projects.

For Eagle Scout or comparable Scouting Capstone Project information, please contact the Park Superintendent or Interpreter at (936) 687-2394.

Program: Mission Tejas State Park

Contact Person: Jared Shamburger

Contact Phone: (936) 687-2394

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Do you enjoy connecting people with nature and love to share your enthusiasm for the outdoors with others? Join the team at Mother Neff State Park and assist a park interpreter with interpretive programs, school fieldtrips, and special events and in creating materials for our park visitors that will engage them in learning about stewardship in our parks.

As an Education/Interpretive Volunteer you will be able to share your skills and passion by assisting with:

- Programs for school groups, scouts, and other groups
- Guided hikes and nature programs
- Special events
- Citizen Science Projects

Program: Mother Neff State Park

Contact Person: Melissa Chadwick

Contact Phone: (254) 853-2389 x224

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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.

Program: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

Contact Person: Craig Brooks

Contact Phone: (903) 670-2222

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