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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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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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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.


Program: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Contact Person: Stephanie Croatt

Contact Phone: (830) 685-3030

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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

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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 Hhosting 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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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 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 such as 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 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.


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 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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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

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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.

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 CENTER
Visitor 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

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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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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 through

2. Can successfully operate your telescope to find objects in the night sky

3. Are excited about sharing your astronomy knowledge with people from all walks of life/experience levels

4. Are friendly and patient

Fill 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

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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!


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Kristen Williams

Contact Phone: (512) 243-1643

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