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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
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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
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
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
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
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
Help us keep our native plant gardens looking spic and span! We are in need of volunteers to help maintain and care for our landscaping that showcases native vegetation for visitors. Volunteers may also be tasked with developing new native plant gardens in the park. Knowledge of basic hand tools, native plant species in central Texas, and skill with gardening and landscaping techniques preferred.
Volunteer will assist in maintaining walkway in garden, water plants, pull out weeds, and other needs that the garden might require. In addition, experience in dealing with the public is required.
Program: Falcon State Park
Contact Person: Ricky Hernandez
Contact Phone: (956) 848-5327
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 Hhosting opportunities. See Park Host (Maintenance) or Park Host (Interpretation/Education).
Program: Goliad State Park
Contact Person: Emily Byrd
Contact Phone: (361) 645-3405
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
We are hoping to have about 10 events for the year with about 30 students at each event. If there are 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.
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/
Contact Person: Valerie Welch
Contact Phone: (210) 688-9055 x2074
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
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
Guiding public tours assigned by the park. 2-day training course required; spots in training class limited. Call park for more information.
Program: Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site
Contact Person: Nicole Roque
Contact Phone: (915) 857-1135
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
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
Volunteer at beautiful LBJ State Park and Historic Site! Volunteers can assist in various areas of our operation. SAUER-BECKMANN LIVING HISTORY FARM: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 - AND MORE! Volunteers do not need prior experience in any of these areas, though that is desirable! Staff will provide training and support.MAINTENANCE:Maintenance volunteers help staff keep the park beautiful!Opportunities include: - Trail maintenance - Painting - Minor repairs - Landscaping & gardening - Carpentry - Plumbing - AND MORE!Other projects can vary depending on the park's current needs and the skills of the volunteer. PARK STORE/VISITOR CENTERVisitor center volunteers assist our Customer Service team with desk & park store operations. Opportunities include: - Customer service - Interpretation - Decorating - Inventory & tagging of goods - Organization - AND MORE!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
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
Attention Astronomers! Our Interpretive Ranger is searching for friendly folks to help her with night sky programs in the future. When we host star parties at the park attendance can often reach upwards of 100 people! We're thankful so many love the night sky, but with only one telescope it can be a challenge to support that many people.We are also in the process of becoming the first state park in Texas with an Urban Night Sky Place status from International Dark-Sky Association. One of the requirements of that status is sharing the night sky with the public. That's where you come in!If you:1. Have a telescope you don't mind allowing members of the public to look through2. Can successfully operate your telescope to find objects in the night sky3. Are excited about sharing your astronomy knowledge with people from all walks of life/experience levels4. Are friendly and patientFill out an application and become a McKinney Falls Astronomy Assistant! It would be stellar to have you on our team 🌒⭐️️🔭Volunteers must be 18 years or older and must clear a criminal background check (at no cost to you). The expectation would be to volunteer one evening every other month.
Program: McKinney Falls State Park
Contact Person: Kristen Williams
Contact Phone: (512) 243-1643
Come one come all! We are looking for volunteers experienced in working with elementary school-aged students or interested in facilitating/creating hands on outdoor education experiences. Come share your passion for the natural world with the next generation! Field trip topics range from geology, wildlife, aquatic science, history, leave no trace, and more!Have experience with TEKS? Come help us connect the standards with real-world experiences.Our Interpretive Ranger is seeking volunteers to help write TEKS-based interpretive programs, lead activities, or give general assistance.Training is provided and required. Spring Field Trip training will take place Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the park. For more information and to register for this opportunity, sign up today!Field trips will begin in March and continue throughout May. Field trip days are usually Tues-Thurs, 8:30am - 12:30pm. Field trips are generally for elementary school aged children, but can sometimes include more advanced grade levels.In addition to applying here, please send us an email so we can get to know you better. Please include your educational/professional background, how you would like to help, and your availability. If you have experience writing curriculum, please let us know! If you don't have any formal experience teaching or working with children, that's ok, we ask that you bring your passion, positive attitude, patience and punctuality.Passing a criminal background check is required (at no cost to you) in order to qualify for this opportunity.Thanks for applying to be a Field Trip Hero!