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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: Amy Kocurek

Contact Phone: (409) 698-6636

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Coastal Expo is a fun, family-oriented event with hands-on activities for all ages! Visitors see and touch crabs, sea stars and other coastal animals; view a glass-bottom stream; learn what washes up on Texas coast; fish for live catfish and participate in other great activities. In the process, they learn about Texas coastal ecosystems, why they are important and how to protect them.


Program: Coastal Expo

Contact Person: Holly Grand

Contact Phone: (361) 825-3993

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*This opportunity is only for approved and selected 2019 Panhandled and North Texas Ambassadors.*

The Ambassador Program supports our public lands by connecting conservation-minded young adults with recreational and volunteer opportunities to foster the next generation of State Park stewards!

To learn more about upcoming application seasons, visit: www.TexasStateParks.org/ambassadors or follow us on Instagram: @txstateparkambassadors and Facebook: /texasstateparkambassadors.


Program: Ambassador Program

Contact Person: Louisa Torrance

Contact Phone: (512) 389-8572

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This opportunity is for Ambassador Alumni to log all volunteer hours after the successful completion of their Ambassadorship.


Program: Ambassador Program

Contact Person: Louisa Torrance

Contact Phone: (512) 550-8425

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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. You 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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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

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(If you are interested in hosting please apply for our separate hosting opportunity. If you are interested in maintenance only, please see that opportunity.)

*Volunteer training dates for 2019 will be announced.*

Volunteering 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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Compadres del Rancho Grande (CDRG) is the official 501(c)3 non-profit organization working with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to promote and sustain this amazing resource.

Our Mission is to provide resources to support and sustain the parks, enhance visitor experiences, and educate the public on the wonders of the parks and the importance of their natural and cultural resources.

Compadres volunteers help meet the needs of the Big Bend Ranch State Park Complex through fundraising, volunteering, outreach, and education.

Sign up to volunteer on the board or help with events and programs on an as needed basis.

Projects may include special event organization, conducting/supporting educational programs, fundraising and networking, assistance with park operations, etc.


Program: Barton Warnock Visitor Center

Contact Person: Amber Harrison

Contact Phone: (432) 424-3327

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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).


Program: Daingerfield State Park

Contact Person: Tony Smith

Contact Phone: (903) 645-2921

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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 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

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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

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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!

Work with park interpreter to present interpretive programs and instruction that will engage student in learning and caring for nature.

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.

Will provide an on hand training session in May 2019.


Program: Devils River State Natural Area-North Unit

Contact Person: Nora Padilla

Contact Phone:

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As an Educational Outreach Volunteer of Mustang Island, you will assist with bringing nature to the classrooms of local elementary and secondary schools, assisting with field trips at the park, and tabling at community events.
Programs include:
-Aquatic science projects
-Shells and Sea beans
-Environmental Science activities
-Mustang Island Guided Beach Walks

Volunteers will recieve training in interpretation and community outreach. They will have access to resources and tools to continue to learn about the park and conservation programs. Positions are available throughout the week during classic business hours. Volunteers are asked to commit to 6 months for a minimum of one 4 hour shift biweekly. A criminal background check is required.


Program: Mustang Island State Park

Contact Person: Eric Ehrlich

Contact Phone: (361) 658-5676

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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 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:



  • programs for school groups, scouts, and other groups

  • guided hikes and nature programs

  • special events

  • Roving interpretation

  • Nature Center staffing and displays

  • Connecting visitors to nature


Program: Village Creek State Park

Contact Person: Kathy Smith

Contact Phone: (409) 751-3907

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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 Trips training will take place Saturday February 2nd 2019 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 branch up into 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, what ways 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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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: Jacob Poinsett

Contact Phone: (281) 456-2800 x230

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Guided Hike Leader - With over 100 miles of trails, Franklin Mountains State Park offers abundant oportunities for hiking and exploration. 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

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Lake Whitney State Park is looking for dedicated, hardworking, and trustworthy people to start a Friends Group as well as numberous other volunteer opportunities.

Are you great at doing any of the following?
Fundraise, Volunteer, Outreach, Special Events/Programs, Donation intermediary, Passion and Resources Protection

Don't miss out on this and the many other ways that you can volunteer at Lake Whitney State Park!
Apply now for great opportunities to serve your local State Park!


Program: Lake Whitney State Park

Contact Person: Adam Bain

Contact Phone: (254) 694-3793

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Join Friends of Inks Lake State Park with firewood sales, recycling, park interpretive programs,hikes and events.


Program: Inks Lake State Park

Contact Person: Monica Stewart

Contact Phone: (830) 637-9327

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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!

Friends of McKinney Falls is a group of like-minded individuals who work together with Texas Parks and Wildlife in the shared vision of protecting and conserving this natural space for future generations. We want visitors to enjoy the unique experience McKinney Falls has to offer and inspire a lifelong appreciation and respect for nature and the legacy of Texas history.

Our activities include: helping with educational programs, trash clean-up, fundraising, community outreach, hosting fun events, and more!

Ready to help?

-Register as a volunteer with Texas Park and Wildlife by clicking the Sign Up button to the right.

-Contact Abby Rodgers - info@mckinneyfalls.org or

- Visit www.mckinneyfalls.org to see upcoming events and meetings.

-You will be subscribed to our mailing list which you can opt-out of at any time.


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Abby Rodgers

Contact Phone: (214) 519-4394

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