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Overview: Abilene State Park is seeking friendly faces to assist our headquarters staff. Volunteers will be responsible for providing excellent customer service to park visitors, collecting fees, checking in campers, and selling park store merchandise. Duties also include performing light cleaning and organizational duties. Requirements: HQ volunteers are required on the weekends and must commit to volunteering for at least 6 hours a month. A criminal background check (at no cost to you) and knowledge of computers are required. Must pass a fiscal control test before being allowed to operate a cash drawer. Volunteers must also be willing to wear a provided uniform shirt and be comfortable handling money. Benefits: This is a great opportunity for those who are seeking employment with Texas State Parks, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, or just want to get out of the house. Contact the park at 325-572-3204 and ask for Kate Fisher if you have any questions or if you would like assistance applying.Minimum age: 18
Program: Abilene State Park
Contact Person: Kate Fisher
Contact Phone: (325) 572-3204
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If this is your first time volunteering, this position is a great way to find out what area of the park you like best. Education, maintenance, customer service, outreach, conservation, or a combination of these are potential areas for you to explore. We'll chat with you to find out what you're most interested in when it comes to your volunteer time and experience. Requirements: We will proform a crimanl background check (at no cost to you). Must be able to lift at least 40 lbs. Very likely that you will need to be able to stand for long periods of time and walk at least a mile easily. Minimum age: 18
Contact Person: Candyce Johnson
Contact Phone: (325) 264-4871
Overview: Interpretive volunteers provide quality educational programs to park visitors, including families and school groups. Interpretive programs are mostly done on the weekend, except for school field trips that are held during the week. There will also be opportunities to assist with outdoor educational events such as archery, fishing, and geocaching. On-site interpretive training will be provided. Volunteers start out assisting a Park Interpreter or Master Naturalist with programs and can work their way up to designing and leading their own programs if they chose.Requirements: A criminal background check is required (at no cost to you). You must be able to walk/hike trail for 1-2 hours at a time. Benefits: This is a great opportunity for those seeking employment with Texas Parks and Wildlife, want to improve their public speaking skills, or wish to gain informal education experience. Contact the park at 325-572-3204 and ask for Candyce Johnson if you have any questions or if you would like assistance applying.Minimum age: 18
Overview: Maintenance volunteers assist Park Rangers with facilities and grounds maintenance by mowing grass, performing trail maintenance, and assisting with other park projects as needed. Due to a limited number of vehicles being available, you may be required to drive your own to complete duties.Requirements: A criminal background check is required (at no cost to you). You must be able to lift at least 40 pounds and show proficiency in operating various equipment, including weed eaters, zero-turn mowers, and leaf blowers. Position also requires standing for long periods of time, carrying, and walking.Benefits: This is a great opportunity for those seeking employment with Texas Parks and Wildlife to gain experience. It''s also great for those who like to work with their hands and want to spend more time outside. Minimum age: 18
Park Hosts assist park staff with various duties that include but are not limited to: trash pickup, fire-ring maintenance, minor construction projects, vehicle repair, assisting with schools groups, special events, and interpretive programs, working the concession stand at our pool and collecting fees at our headquarters. Park Hosts work a minimum of 20 hours a week for individuals and 24 hours for couples. A Criminal Background Check is required. All of our sites are 50amp.
Contact Phone: (325) 267-4871
Texas Wildlife Association's Adult Learn to Hunt Program focuses on introducing novice hunters interested in forging a connectin between conservation, hunting and sustainable eating. Participants will also learn valuable skills related to skinning, butchering and cooking techniques associated with wild game. Upon applying to the program, applications will be reviewed, and hunters will be contacted once chosen to participate.
Program: Adult Learn to Hunt Program
Contact Person: Matt Hughes
Contact Phone: (210) 288-0688
This opportunity is for Ambassador Alumni to log all volunteer hours after the successful completion of their Ambassadorship.
Program: Ambassador Program
Contact Person: Sam Toback
Contact Phone: (512) 389-8572
Only certified TPWD NASP or USA Archery instructor volunteers may sign up for this opportunity. If you regularly work with audiences, are not currently certified and want to be, please contact ArcheryEdu@tpwd.texas.gov. Please note, this certification is not intended for those with an archery hobby, but instead those that instruct or have access to audiences.
Program: National Archery in the Schools
Contact Person: Joel Janssen
Contact Phone: (512) 517-5527
Assist with the Take Me Fishing trailer and activities at Abilene State Parks Centennial event.
Program: Angler Education
Contact Person: Keira Quam
Contact Phone: (469) 644-2705
Program: Big Spring State Park
Contact Person: Arlyne Martinez
Contact Phone: (806) 241-5741
Volunteer will assist with any available park related opportunity as defined by park staff.Opportunities vary from cleaning up the canyon to assist with trail maintenance. Please reach out for more ideas!
Program: Caprock Canyons State Park
Contact Person: Juliette Garza
Contact Phone: (806) 455-1492
Volunteers will help staff with clean-up projects, educational events, holiday activities, and outdoor programs. Duties will vary by event and safety but may include crowd control, set-up and clean-up, overseeing activities, trash pickup, etc...
Contact Person: Le'Ann Pigg
"Sign Up" and record the hours you spend providing archery access, opportunities and education. This includes Explore Archery, Explore Bowhunting/Bowfishing, USA Archery classes and events (excluding NASP). Report ALL NASP archery activity at "NASP Archery Education Classes and Events.".Community Archery Instructors and Volunteers play a vital role in promoting TPWD''s Community Archery Program. The hours you contribute to a given activity and the number of people you reach are key ingredients to achieving our community archery objectives. Therefore, reporting your archery activity is imperative so that we can collect the data needed. Thank you for your continued effort in expanding the sport of archery.
Program: Community Archery North & West TX
Contact Person: Adam Lewis
Contact Phone: (512) 902-2890
The State Park Police Career Opportunity Program (COP) volunteer program will provide an opportunity for approved individuals with a demonstrated or sincere interest in conservation law enforcement to gain career or operational knowledge of the State Park Police occupation. Below are the rider rules for this program. By signing up for this opportunity, you signify that you have read the rules and agree to follow them during your time with this program.Dress Code for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Observers1. TPWD observers are to dress neatly and conservatively. No Blue jeans of any kind.2. Cleanliness is required at all times.3. Hair and facial hair must be well groomed.4. Shorts and cut-offs are prohibited.5. Clothing bearing any sign or symbol that advertises any product, business or organization will not be permitted.6. Clothing with offensive designs, logos, letters or devices is prohibited.7. Conservative type shoes or boots may be worn; sandals and bare feet are prohibited.Prohibited Acts1. Will not consume alcoholic beverages prior to and during tours of duty.2. Will not use profane or abusive language during the tour of duty.3. Will not engage in excessive conversation, which may distract the Officer or interfere with hearing the police radio.4. Will not make remarks or voice opinions to complainants, witnesses, victims, violators, or suspects in any manner, which would tend to provoke or degrade anyone or escalate tension.5. Will not be allowed into a private residence during the execution of a search or arrest warrant.6. Will not make known to any unauthorized person, information that may compromise a police operation, procedure or investigation that is either in progress or proposed.7. Will not make known to unauthorized persons the identity of persons arrested, persons being confined in jail, or suspects in a criminal act.8. Will not use information learned during a tour of duty for personal gain.9. Will not carry weapons of any type. Observers possessing a license to carry a weapon will NOT be allowed to carry a weapon during a tour of duty.10. Non-sworn observers do not have any powers of an Officer and have no authority except when acting at the direction of an Officer.Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Observers Will:1. At all times conduct themselves with proper decorum.2. Remain in the police unit during routine traffic stops unless otherwise instructed by the Officer.3. Remain in or near the TPWD patrol unit during disturbance calls and calls of a serious nature to summon assistance by radio if needed, unless otherwise instructed by an Officer.If you would like to be notified when an opportunity is available, please sign up.
Program: State Park Police
Contact Person: Lt. Matt Kilpatrick
Contact Phone: (830) 613-6283
Work with park staff under the direction of the volunteer coordinator on a variety of projects including trail maintenance, lake litter control, park litter control, assisting with park interpretation (education), minor maintenance projects, and assist with special events. This role is usually 90% outdoor work in changing Texas weather conditions. We will provide training. Once you are trained you will typically work alone or in small groups. This is a year round opportunity. Whether you want to help one hour or one hundred hours there is an opportunity for you at Copper Breaks.
Program: Copper Breaks State Park
Contact Person: Marci Frost
Contact Phone: (940) 839-4331 x6
Copper Breaks State Park is seeking energetic, friendly, and outgoing Park Hosts to assist in park office operations. Previous Park Host experience is not required, but preferred.Responsibilities:Work with park staff to assist day to day functions of the park office by:-Independently collect entrance and camping fees-Sell store merchandise-Answering phones-Orient visitors of the park; recommending trails and campsites-Provide excellent customer service-Restroom and facility cleaning duties.-Litter control-Other duties based on interests, skills, and park needs.These responsibilities include the use of multi-line phone system; use of computers, printers & copiers, other office machines; handling cash; and radio communication.Requirements: -Must support the TPWD and State Park mission by complying with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.-Work a minimum of 24 volunteer hours per week. -Must pass background check. -Minimum Age: 18Office Clerk Park Hosts report for volunteer duty at the Park Headquarters Office during office hours and should expect to work on weekends, evenings and holidays based on park needs.Benefits: As a Park Host Front Office Clerk, you will have the opportunity to meet new people and help park visitors to have a memorable experience. In exchange for your time, you will be authorized to stay in the park for a FREE full hookup camp host site! For the duration of your volunteer service, you are provided with a full hook-up site (water, 30/50/110 electric, and sewer) for free. Verizon service works well throughout the park, AT&T and Sprint services are not dependable.Months of Service: Preferred 4-6 months minimum between Jan 2024-Dec 2024
Copper Breaks State Park is seeking for helpful and motivated Park Hosts to assist in maintenance operations. Previous Park Host experience is not required, but preferred.Responsibilities:Work with park staff to assist day to day maintenance functions of the park by:-Independently answering visitor questions and providing excellent customer service.-Litter clean-up.-Restroom and facility cleaning and maintenance.-Campsite maintenance to include cleaning fire rings and grills.-Mow, weed-eat.-Trail Maintenance-Other duties based on interests, skills, and park needs.These responsibilities include the use various hand tools; equipment; cleaning supplies; and radio communication.Requirements: -Must support the TPWD and State Park mission by complying with all Agency, Division, and Branch rules, regulations, and procedures.-Work a minimum of 24 volunteer hours per week for an individual or 30 volunteer hours per week split between a couple.-Must follow agency procedures, dress and grooming standards.-Pass a background check. -Minimum Age: 18Maintenance Park Hosts report for volunteer duty at Park Headquarters during office hours should expect to work on weekends, evenings and holidays depending on park needs.Benefits: As a Maintenance Park Host, you will have the opportunity to meet new people and help park visitors to have a memorable experience. In exchange for your time, you will be authorized to stay in the park for a FREE full hookup camp host site! For the duration of your volunteer service, you are provided with a full hook-up site (water, 30/50/110 electric, and sewer) for free. Verizon service works well throughout the park, AT&T and Sprint services are not dependable.Months of Service: Preferred 3 months minimum between Jan 2024-Dec 2024
Assist hatchery staff with maintenance, pond management and fish culture. Volunteer can select shifts during normal hatchery hours: 8am - 4pm, M-F. The hatchery is located in North Texas, approximately 23 miles west of Wichita Falls below Lake Diversion.
Program: Dundee Fish Hatchery
Contact Person: John Paret
Contact Phone: (940) 586-1203