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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
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
Contact Phone: (281) 456-2800 x230
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.
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.
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
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
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 DrivePearland, 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
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.
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.
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
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.
Contact Person: Connie Stolte
Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x23
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.
Contact Person: Brittney Zepeda
Contact Phone: (979) 292-0100 x21
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.
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 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
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.
Contact Person: Lisa Henderson
Contact Phone: (512) 354-9124
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.
Contact Person: Kimberly Sorensen
Contact Phone: (512) 800-4324
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.
Far West Texas consisting of the following counties:BrewsterCraneCulbersonEctorEl PasoHudspethJeff DavisLovingPecosPresidioReevesTerrellUptonWardWinklerMidland
Program: Texas Youth Hunting Program SA
Contact Person: Nathan Pettigrew
Contact Phone: (432) 770-0104
Includes the folliwing Counties:AndrewsArmstrongBaileyBordenBriscoeCarsonCastroChildressCochranCollingsworthCottleCrosbyDallamDawsonDeaf SmithDonleyFisherFloydFoardGainesGarzaGrayHaleHallHansfordHartleyHockleyKentKingKnoxLambLipscombLubbockLynnMartinMooreMotleyOchiltreeOldhamParmerPotterRandallRobertsScurryShermanStonewallSwisherTerryWheelerYoakumDickensHardemanHaskellHemphillHutchinsonJones
Contact Person: James McClure
Contact Phone: (806) 676-1232
Includes the following Counties:BosqueBrownConchoDentonIrionTom GreenArcherBaylorCallahanClayCokeColemanCookeHamiltonHillHoodGlasscockJackMcLennanMillsMitchellMontaguePalo PintoParker ReaganRunnelsShackelfordSterlingTarrantTaylorThrockmortonWichitaWilbargerWiseYoungComancheErathNolanSomervellStephensEastlandHowardJohnson
The area consists of the following Counties: BanderaBellBexarBlancoBurnetComalCoryellCrockettEdwardsGillespieHaysKendallKerr KimbleKinneyLampasasLlanoMasonMcCullochMedinaMenardRealSan SabaSchleicherSuttonTravisUvaldeVal VerdeWilliamson
Consists of the folowing Counties: AndersonBrazosBurlesonCollinDallasDeltaEllisFallsFanninFranklinFreestoneGraysonGrimesHendersonHopkinsHuntKaufmanLamarLeonLimestoneMadisonMilamNavarroRainsRed RiverRobertsonRockwallSmithTitusVan ZandtWood
Contact Person: Bryan Perkins
Contact Phone: (254) 760-2790
Consists of the following Counties:AngelinaBowieCampCassChambersGalvestonHardinHarrisHarrisonHoustonJasperJeffersonLibertyMarionMontgomeryNacogdochesNewtonOrangePanolaPolkRuskSabineSan AugustineSan JacintoShelbyTylerUpshurWalkerCherokeeGreggMorrisTrinity
Consists of the folowing Counties: AransasAustinBastrop BrazoriaCaldwellCalhounColoradoDe WittFayetteFort BendGoliadGonzalesGuadalupeJacksonKarnesLavacaLeeMatagordaRefugioVictoriaWallerWashingtonWharton Wilson
Contact Person: Shirley Odell
Contact Phone: (361) 782-2066
Consists of the folowing Counties:AtascosaBeeBrooksCameronDimmitDuvalFrioHidalgoJim HoggJim WellsKenedyKlebergLa SalleLive OakMaverickMcMullenNuecesSan PatricioStarrWebbWillacyZapataZavala
Contact Person: Jerry Vazquez
Contact Phone: (956) 744-8385
This person will greet visitors, conduct tours, assist with interpretive presentations, and may participate in special events.
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/faqsFor 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