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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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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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Sheldon Lake State Park offers field trips to local groups and schools, typically from 9:00am-12:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and occasional Saturdays. Field trip volunteers support staff by assisting with fishing programs, nature walks, and other programming. May be asked to assist with outreach events outside of the park.


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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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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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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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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Come out and join the fun in Pearland! We will need Volunteers to join us in Teaching Fish Identification, Knots, Habitats, and Conservation. Join us at 1000 Bass Pro Drive
Pearland, TX. 77047. In the Bass Pro Parking lot near the Pond. Volunteers are asked to be there by 8:00 am.


Program: Angler Education

Contact Person: Greg Akins Aquatic Education Trainer

Contact Phone: (713) 201-8110

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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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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.


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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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

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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

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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.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Connie Stolte

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x23

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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.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Brittney Zepeda

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21

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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.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Brittney Zepeda

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21

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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.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Jennifer Butler

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21

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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.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Brittney Zepeda

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21

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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.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Brittney Zepeda

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21

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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.


Program: Sea Center Texas

Contact Person: Connie Stolte

Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x23

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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


Program: Community Water Education

Contact Person: Melissa Alderson

Contact Phone: (512) 389-8060

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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

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The Texas Outdoor Family (TOF) program helps introduce public families and community partner groups to great camping experiences in DFW Area State Parks. Workshop volunteers help in many capacities including: nature hikes, kayaking, fishing, camping gear distribution, geocaching, outdoor cooking, photography, safety management, and more. The TOF program reaches hundreds of participants every year! We could not do it without the assistance of our amazing volunteers.


Program: Texas Outdoor Family

Contact Person: Lisa Henderson

Contact Phone: (512) 354-9124

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The Texas Outdoor Family (TOF) program helps introduce families to a great camping experience in Houston 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.  Volunteer shifts begin Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and continue until Noon on Sunday with an overnight stay at the park.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own camping equipment.  Once a shift is approved weekend details will be emailed to you.


Program: Texas Outdoor Family

Contact Person: Kimberly Sorensen

Contact Phone: (512) 800-4324

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Participants will use this opportunity to record their hours towards earning their Texas Waters Specialist certification.

To learn more about Texas Waters Specialist program requirements, visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/education/water-education/texaswatersprogram/texaswatersspecialist.


Program: Community Water Education

Contact Person: Melissa Alderson

Contact Phone: (512) 389-8060

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Far West Texas consisting of the following counties:
Brewster
Crane
Culberson
Ector
El Paso
Hudspeth
Jeff Davis
Loving
Pecos
Presidio
Reeves
Terrell
Upton
Ward
Winkler
Midland


Program: Texas Youth Hunting Program SA

Contact Person: Nathan Pettigrew

Contact Phone: (432) 770-0104

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Includes the folliwing Counties:Andrews
Armstrong
Bailey
Borden
Briscoe
Carson
Castro
Childress
Cochran
Collingsworth
Cottle
Crosby
Dallam
Dawson
Deaf Smith
Donley
Fisher
Floyd
Foard
Gaines
Garza
Gray
Hale
Hall
Hansford
Hartley
Hockley
Kent
King
Knox
Lamb
Lipscomb
Lubbock
Lynn
Martin
Moore
Motley
Ochiltree
Oldham
Parmer
Potter
Randall
Roberts
Scurry
Sherman
Stonewall
Swisher
Terry
Wheeler
Yoakum
Dickens
Hardeman
Haskell
Hemphill
Hutchinson
Jones


Program: Texas Youth Hunting Program SA

Contact Person: James McClure

Contact Phone: (806) 676-1232

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Includes the following Counties:
Bosque
Brown
Concho
Denton
Irion
Tom Green
Archer
Baylor
Callahan
Clay
Coke
Coleman
Cooke
Hamilton
Hill
Hood
Glasscock
Jack
McLennan
Mills
Mitchell
Montague
Palo Pinto
Parker 
Reagan
Runnels
Shackelford
Sterling
Tarrant
Taylor
Throckmorton
Wichita
Wilbarger
Wise
Young
Comanche
Erath
Nolan
Somervell
Stephens
Eastland
Howard
Johnson


Program: Texas Youth Hunting Program SA

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The area consists of the following Counties:
Bandera
Bell
Bexar
Blanco
Burnet
Comal
Coryell
Crockett
Edwards
Gillespie
Hays
Kendall
Kerr   
Kimble
Kinney
Lampasas
Llano
Mason
McCulloch
Medina
Menard
Real
San Saba
Schleicher
Sutton
Travis
Uvalde
Val Verde
Williamson


Program: Texas Youth Hunting Program SA

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Consists of the folowing Counties:
Anderson
Brazos
Burleson
Collin
Dallas
Delta
Ellis
Falls
Fannin
Franklin
Freestone
Grayson
Grimes
Henderson
Hopkins
Hunt
Kaufman
Lamar
Leon
Limestone
Madison
Milam
Navarro
Rains
Red River
Robertson
Rockwall
Smith
Titus
Van Zandt
Wood


Program: Texas Youth Hunting Program SA

Contact Person: Bryan Perkins

Contact Phone: (254) 760-2790

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Consists of the following Counties:
Angelina
Bowie
Camp
Cass
Chambers
Galveston
Hardin
Harris
Harrison
Houston
Jasper
Jefferson
Liberty
Marion
Montgomery
Nacogdoches
Newton
Orange
Panola
Polk
Rusk
Sabine
San Augustine
San Jacinto
Shelby
Tyler
Upshur
Walker
Cherokee
Gregg
Morris
Trinity


Program: Texas Youth Hunting Program SA

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Consists of the folowing Counties:
Aransas
Austin
Bastrop   
Brazoria
Caldwell
Calhoun
Colorado
De Witt
Fayette
Fort Bend
Goliad
Gonzales
Guadalupe
Jackson
Karnes
Lavaca
Lee
Matagorda
Refugio
Victoria
Waller
Washington
Wharton 
Wilson


Program: Texas Youth Hunting Program SA

Contact Person: Shirley Odell

Contact Phone: (361) 782-2066

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Consists of the folowing Counties:
Atascosa
Bee
Brooks
Cameron
Dimmit
Duval
Frio
Hidalgo
Jim Hogg
Jim Wells
Kenedy
Kleberg
La Salle
Live Oak
Maverick
McMullen
Nueces
San Patricio
Starr
Webb
Willacy
Zapata
Zavala


Program: Texas Youth Hunting Program SA

Contact Person: Jerry Vazquez

Contact Phone: (956) 744-8385

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This person will greet visitors, conduct tours, assist with interpretive presentations, and may participate in special events.


Program: Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

Contact Person: Leslie Kessner

Contact Phone: (903) 670-2272

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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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