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If you have ever visited Gorman Falls, then you understand what a special place it is. As we have seen increased visitation, we have also seen an increased impact in the Falls area. We are looking for motivated individuals who share our love of Colorado Bend and our conservation mindset. This position will station at Gorman Falls, while providing information and interpretive moments for visitors. In addition, the position will ensure visitors do not ignore park regulations. Direct visitor contact and requested assistance from park staff will be required.
Benefits will include a waived entrance fee and a free campsite if an overnight stay is preferred. But the real benefit is experiencing and protecting a true Texas treasure.
Program: Colorado Bend State Park
Contact Person: Jason Hairston
Contact Phone: (325) 628-3240
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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
Volunteers are needed to assist with educational program at park. Program focus on sharing the parks natrula history with vistors. (Bird walks) is the program we want to offer.
Program: Falcon State Park
Contact Person: Ricky Hernandez
Contact Phone: (956) 848-5327
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.
Program: Mother Neff State Park
Contact Person: Melissa Chadwick
Contact Phone: (254) 853-2389 x224
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
Daingerfield has recieved a $4,750 Bratten Foundation Grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation to fund three projects in the park. The projects include restoration of a CCC design feature – the CCC Picnic Island, rediscovery and public display of a CCC construction implement – CCC Roller and the development of period correct picnic tables to replace aluminum tables that currently impact the historic Pavilion’s viewshed. We need volunteers to help with cleaning the CCC Picnic island, clearing around the CCC roller, and a volunteer with carpentry skills to assist with construction of wooden picnic tables.
Program: Daingerfield State Park
Contact Person: Tony Smith
Contact Phone: (903) 645-2921
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
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).
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: Amber Harrison
Contact Phone: (432) 424-3327
Join The Devil's Sinkhole Society and help with interpretation, event planning, and general maintenance. Criminal Background Check is required
Program: Devil's Sinkhole SNA
Contact Person: Alan Crowe
Contact Phone: (830) 563-2342
Do you have a passion for nature and the outdoors? Do you love sharing your knowledge with others? If you enjoy talking and learning about nature and being outside in the beautiful East Texas Pineywoods this is the opportunity for you!
Work with park interpreter, Kathy Smith, to present interpretive programs and create materials for our park visitors that will engage them in learning and caring for nature. Village Creek State Park needs you and your skills and enthusiasm.
As an Education/Interpretive Volunteer you will be able to share your passion by assisting with:
Program: Village Creek State Park
Contact Person: Kathy Smith
Contact Phone: (409) 751-3907
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 x
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.
Guided Hike Leader - With over 100 miles of trails, Franklin Mountains State Park offers guided hikes. Aid park staff by guiding educational and interpretive hikes for school groups and the public. This opportunity is open year round. Contact the park for additional information.
Program: Franklin Mountains State Park
Contact Person: Lydia Pagel
Contact Phone: (915) 566-6441
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
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
Assist with research, development, presentation of a variety of interpretive projects at GCSNA; site specific kids activity book; development of kid themed activity backpacks; development of photo scavenger hunts.
Program: Government Canyon State Natural Area
Contact Person: John Koepke
Contact Phone: (210) 688-9055 x2010
Aid the park interpreter with programs and hikes.
Program: Lockhart State Park
Contact Person: Lauren Hartwick
Contact Phone: (512) 398-3479
Do you like to teach people? So do we!Volunteers on Barrington Farm dress in period appropriate clothing and interpret the life and lifestyle of those living at the home of Anson Jones in 1850. The volunteers may also assist with school tour groups which consist of children of all ages and backgrounds.Barrington Farm is located in Washington-on-the-Brazos SHS in Washington, TX. Straddling the land between the Prairies and Pineywoods, our park is nearly 300 acres. Adjacent to the longest river in the state, with 2 miles of well-manicured trails, we are where Texas became Texas!Barrington Farm
Program: Barrington Farm
Contact Person: Barb King
Contact Phone: (936) 878-2214
We connect with our visitors in a number of ways at Washington-on-the-Brazos that include living history programs as well as guided history and nature based tours. If you enjoy interacting with people than this is a great volunteer opportunity for you! You can open up the past to park visitors by sharing with them the unique role Washington played in the birth of the Repulic of Texas in 1836 or connect visitors to our natural surroundings on the trails that wind through our nearly 300 acre site. Criminal background check required.
Program: Washington-on-the-Brazos SHS
Contact Person: Jon Failor
Contact Phone: (936) 878-2214 x224
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:
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.
Assist with Lockhart State Park's regularly scheduled elementary 5th grade field trip learning stations.
Contact Phone: (512) 398-3479 x224
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, and maintaing greenspaces and gardens.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 approximately 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.
Program: Lake Livingston State Park
Contact Person: Joel Janssen
Contact Phone: (936) 365-2201 x2060
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
Goliad State Park and Historic Site is looking for enthusiastic, customer service-oriented volunteers to become Interpretive Park Hosts! If you enjoy talking and learning about Texas history and are comfortable sharing information with the public, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.
Interested applicants should enjoy engaging visitors in conversation, being outside in all types of weather, and being active in their surroundings to:
-Greet and provide historical content to visitors
-Support the interpretive team with educational programs and material assembly
-Assist with special events
-Generally maintain exhibits, facilities and grounds
-Aid park staff in completing night duty, vehicle checks, and other duties as needed
In exchange for a minimum of 25 volunteer hours a week, hosts will be provided with a full hook-up (water/electric/sewer) site and will have access to free laundry facility. We ask that our park hosts commit to a minimum of two and a maximum of three months.
Special skills such as spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, or natural resource/birding knowledge are highly desired. Currently seeking applicants through spring of 2019.
Program: Goliad State Park
Contact Person: Rachel Flinn
Contact Phone: (361) 645-3405
This position will assist the park interpretive program. Duties may include leading nature walks, providing roving interpretation, maintaining park gardens and nature viewing areas. This position may also be asked to assist with light maintenance of park facilities and grounds based on park needs. Preferred experience would include knowledge of flora and fauna indigenous to the Piney Woods region of Texas, experience presenting to groups, and ability to walk trailways for 1-2 hours at a time. Shifts would primarily be weekend days or as needed. 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 approximately 300 species of native and migratory birds. All park host sites are equipped with 30 and 50 amp electrical, water, and sewer. Wi-fi is also available within the park. Park hosts must commit to a minimum of a one-month stay, though interested hosts are encouraged to stay for three to six months. Extensions are available with superintendent approval. Host positions are available year round. 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.
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:
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 email@example.com with questions.
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
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park is looking for friendly, motivated and energetic park hosts to work and live in its beautiful Piney Woods campground. As a park host, you will support TPWD’s mission by providing outstanding service to park visitors, providing guided hikes and planning/leading/assisting with Saturday informational events about the park’s natural and cultural resources to the visiting public.
Volunteer duties will include: Represent TPWD State Parks in a positive manner and supplement the work of park staff. Provide customer service to park visitors, including providing general information and assistance to park visitors. Never engage in law enforcement duties. Coordinate and/or assist with Saturday interpretive events, which may include planning and assembling materials. Provide structured and roving interpretation, including; Lead guided hikes for the visiting public, including school field trip groups. Hikes will include information about the park’s flora and fauna and about the history of its development and cultural resources. Provide general information and assistance to park visitors. Maintain cleanliness and organization of assigned host site.
Requirements: Passion for Texas State Parks. Experience with customer service and ability to effectively communicate with public, other volunteers, and staff. Knowledge and interest in park’s natural and cultural resources and willingness to continue learning. Experience working in a classroom setting or working with young people strongly preferred. Essential opportunity functions require walking or standing for extended period of time. Criminal background check clearance. Ability to maintain campsite as model site.
Benefits: In exchange for a minimum of 25 volunteer hours per week, you are provided with a 50 amp full hook-up. Training in interpretation and access to resources and tools to continue to learn about the dynamic natural and cultural resources of the park. You also receive the opportunity to play a critical role in the conservation and stewardship of the natural and cultural resources of Texas!
Program: Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Contact Person: Paige Green
Contact Phone: (903) 572-5531
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
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
Assist the park interpretation department with various opportunities depending on the volunteer's interest and experience. Volunteer opportunities include: -assisting with and leading interpretive programs-bird feeding program-Nature Center greeter-maintenance of interpretive exhibits and materials -special events, night programs, and citizen science projects-gardening-opportunities to assist park naturalists with habitat improvement, removal of invasive species, and upkeep of equipment Special skills are highly desired such as knowledge of south Texas birds and habitats, nature and excellent customer service skills.Please note that some of the above outlined duties may not be available in the slow season (summer). Criminal Background Check required.This position is not a Park Host position and does not provide a full hook-up RV site.
Program: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Contact Person: Maria Montelongo
Contact Phone: (956) 584-9156 x
Come out to Sheldon and walk the trails! Our rovers interact with guests to answer questions, provide directions, and point out wildlife! Sheldon Lake State Park is open daily from 8:00am-5:00pm. If you enjoy talking to people, this opportunity is for you! Preferred volunteer days are Saturdays or Sundays for 2-3 hours. May be asked to assist with outreach events outside of the park.
Preferred experience would include knowledge of flora and fauna indigenous to the Piney Woods region of Texas, experience presenting to groups, and the ability to walk trails or stand for several hours at a time. Shifts will be primarily on weekend days, or as needed. Volunteer will need to coordinate a schedule with park staff.
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
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
Just like people, wildlife need water too! Help us spread the message by making a presentation or hosting a free video screening of one of TPWD's "Texas the State of Water" documentary films in your community for your friends and neighbors, civic club or church. Contact us for more information or see our web site, http://texasthestateofwater.org
Program: Community Water Education
Contact Person: Melissa Alderson
Contact Phone: (512) 389-8060
Assist with teaching fishing skills, catch and release and ethical fishing practices at Sea Center Texas. Most events are held on Wednesdays or Saturdays. Criminal History Background Check required. Must be 17 years old or accompanied by an adult and able to volunteer at least 6 hours per month.
Program: Sea Center Texas
Contact Person: Jennifer Butler
Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Nathaniel Nouri
Contact Phone: (325) 446-3994
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.
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
The Texas Aquatic Science (TAS) curriculum is spreading across the state in classrooms from upper elementary to High School and in Informal learning sites (zoos, aquariums, nature centers and parks). TAS Facilitators should volunteer for this great opportunity. http://tpwd.texas.gov/education/resources/aquatic-science
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
The Texas Outdoor Family program helps introduce families to a great camping experience in Central Texas Area State Parks. Workshop volunteers help in many capacities including assisting with nature hikes, kayaking, fishing, camping gear distribution, geocaching, taking photos, safety management, and more. The TOF program reached over 1100 families over the course of workshops in FY 2017. It couldn't be done without great volunteer assistance!
Program: Texas Outdoor Family
Contact Person: John Souva
Contact Phone: (512) 629-7607