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Assist TPWD staff (Sat., 12 October) conduct fun, hands-on activities like archery, fishing, camping skills and more. Training provided onsite. All volunteers receive a t-shirt, event admission and parking for the day.
Program: Outreach Events
Contact Person: Robert Ramirez
Contact Phone: (512) 389-4528
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Bird hosts needed for November - December 2019. Bird hosts lead public bird walks at Goose Island State Park. These walks typically take place Wednesday-Saturday mornings, and other days and times available at interpreters discretion. Bird host must be well-versed in bird identification by sight (and sound, preferrably). Park Hosts are required to complete 25 hours per week; this time commitment can be met by a single individual or shared between a couple. A one month minimum commitment is required.
Program: Goose Island State Park
Contact Person: Sarah Nordlof
Contact Phone: (361) 729-2858
Kayak guides lead public kayak programs at Goose Island State Park. These programs typically take place on Fridays & Saturdays, and other days and times available at interpreters discretion. Kayak guides must be able to swim, kayak in moderate winds for 1-3 hours comfortably, and tow another kayak if needed. Guides must be comfortable having pleasant and welcoming interactions with the public, providing basic paddling instruction and safety procedures, and maintaining park kayaks and equipment. Guides must be willing to commit to multiple programs through summer 2019.
Maintenance hosts needed for May-October 2019. One-four month positions available. This position is responsible for helping with general maintenance in the park such as cleaning restrooms, picking up trash, checking campsites, and minor construction projects. Painting signs, mowing grass, and landscaping may also be done.
Maintenance host positions available from April - December 2020. One to four month positions available. This position is responsible for helping with general maintenance in the park such as cleaning restrooms, picking up trash, checking campsites, and minor construction projects. Painting signs, mowing grass, and landscaping may also be done.
Office hosts positions available from April-December 2020. Office shifts vary between the hours of 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, but occasionally earlier or later shifts may be needed. The position consist of working with computers & cash registers, checking guests in, answering phones, and other clerical tasks. We require a three to four month commitment for this position.
The Ambassador Program supports our public lands by connecting conservation-minded young adults with recreational and volunteer opportunities in order 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. *This opportunity is only for approved and selected 2019 South and East Texas Ambassadors.*
Program: Ambassador Program
Contact Person: Louisa Torrance
Contact Phone: (512) 389-8572
This opportunity is for Ambassador Alumni to log all volunteer hours after the successful completion of their Ambassadorship.
Contact Phone: (512) 550-8425
Thank you for your interest in becoming a certified Angler Education Instructor. To find a free workshop in your area, check the TPWD Calendar and contact the workshop coordinator listed to register. Upon completion of the workshop, your application will be processed and you will receive confirmation via email within 30 days. If you do not see a workshop in your region, please contact our office.
Program: Angler Education
Contact Person: Karen Marks, Aquatic Education Manager
Contact Phone: (512) 389-4732
Apply to volunteer with the Coastal Prairie Master Naturalists - in the Fort Bend County area.We meet on the 1st Thursday of each month, Social time starts at 6:30 pm, meeting starts at 7:00 pm for 1 to 1.5 hours unless a field trip is planned for that month.. Visit our website.
Program: Coastal Prairie Master Naturalist
Contact Person: Coastal
Apply to volunteer with the Cradle of Texas Master Naturalists - in the Brazoria County area.We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Visit our Cradle of Texas website.
Program: Cradle of Texas Master Naturalists
Contact Person: Cradle of Texas
Apply to volunteer with the Galveston Bay Area Master Naturalists - in the Galveston County area.We meet the first Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December. Visit our website. Visit our facebook page.
Program: Galveston Bay Area Master Naturalists
Contact Person: Galveston
Contact Phone: (281) 309-5063
Apply to volunteer with the Gulf Coast Master Naturalists - in the Harris County area.We meet on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at Houston Arboretum and Nature Center4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024.Visit our website.
Program: Gulf Coast Master Naturalists
Contact Person: Gulf Coast Chapter
Apply to take certification training with the Mid-Coast Texas Master Naturalist ChapterApplication for MembershipMid-Coast WebsiteContact the Membership Chair
Program: Mid Coast Master Naturalists
Contact Person: VMS Admin
Contact Phone: (361) 332-8039
Apply to volunteer with the Rio Grande Master Naturalists in the Rio Grande Valley area. Join us and explore the Valley's abundant and remarkable natural resources. From sea turtles to Monarchs, from Ocelots to rare plants, our Valley offers a wide range of learning opportunities.Our meetings are the second Tuesday of every month, 7:00 PM, Cameron County Annex, 1390 W Expressway 83, San Benito, TX. Meetings are open to the public.Classes begin each January. For more information, or to register, visit our website: www.rgvctmn.org. Scholarships available.
Program: Rio Grande Valley Master Naturalists
Contact Person: Rio Grande Valley
Contact Phone: (361) 749-4749
Apply to volunteer with the Sabine Neches Master Naturalists in the Orange, Jefferson, and Hardin County area.We meet at 6:30pm on the 4th Thursday of the month at various places in the area.Visit our website for meeting and other information.
Program: Sabine-Neches Master Naturalists
Contact Person: Sabine-Neches Chapter
Contact Phone: (409) 882-7010
Apply to volunteer with the South Texas Master Naturalists - in the Kenedy, Kleberg and Nueces county areas.Our meetings are on the third Tuesday evening of most months, usually at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 South Staples, Corpus Christi, TX 78413. We do not have meetings in June, July, or December.Visit our website.
Program: South Texas Master Naturalists
Contact Person: South Texas
Contact Phone: (361) 767-5216
Apply to volunteer with the South Texas Border Master Naturalists.We serve in the Starr, Hidalgo and Cameron County areas. Visit our website here
Program: South Texas Border Master Naturalists
Contact Person: South Tx Border
Contact Phone: (956) 358-1603
this is for USA Level 1 or 2 Archery certification classes
Program: Community Archery North TX
This is a year round volunteer opportunity opened to individuals and groups. Contact the park for more information.
Program: Sea Rim State Park
Contact Person: Glenda Rutherford
Contact Phone: (409) 971-2559
Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center has had over 250 bird species sighted within its boundaries! We have birds during all seasons and many migratory species may stop in. In our restored prairie and wetlands, a seasonal bird survey is conducted to monitor the different species that are found. Once a month from September to May, we are looking for volunteers to help assist with this very important project.All skill levels are welcomed; from advanced birders to beginners. On-spot training will be provided.
Program: Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Contact Person: Jacob Poinsett
Contact Phone: (281) 456-2800
Brazos Bend State Park is seeking energetic, friendly, outgoing park hosts to assist in all aspects of park opertations. Previous park host experience preferred, but not required. Brazos Bend State Park is open to the visiting public year round. Park hosts should expect to work weekends and holidays.Hosts are a vital part of the park's operation. The main role of this position would be to assist park staff by providing quality customer service. As a park hosts, you will have the opportunity to meet new people and help visitors to have a memorable experience. Duties include fee collection, compsite checks, general cleaning of facilities, and grounds maintenance. In exchange for 25 hrs/week of work (per campsite) park hosts will be provided with a full hook-up campsite (Water/Sewer/Electric).Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old. Criminal Background Checks are required for all persons living/staying in a host site. Park owned vehicles are available to park hosts for the performance of host duties. Current site availability ranges from April to October 2020.Please contact host coordinator Leslie McGuigan 979-553-5101, dial 0 or e-mail at: Leslie.McGuigan@tpwd.texas.gov
Program: Brazos Bend State Park
Contact Person: Leslie McGuigan
Contact Phone: (979) 553-5101 x0
(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
Contact Person: Montse Canedo
Assists TPWD - Coastal Fisheries Biologists and Wildflife Technicians with the collecting, processing and reporting data from marine activities in the ecosystem. Specific methodology may include use of sampling gears (bag seines, gill nets, trawls and oyster dredges.) Interaction with the public- Outreach/educational youth events. Normal workweek is 8-5 Monday through Friday, with frequent hours to include early mornings, late evenings and weekends.
Program: Coastal Fisheries Region 1
Contact Person: Nicole Carrillo
Contact Phone: (281) 534-0118
Assists TPWD - Coastal Fisheries Biologists with the collection of fisheries related data. Handling of fish, boating on skiffs and research vessels required. Please follow up with an email to Christopher.Mace@tpwd.texas.gov
Program: Coastal Fisheries Region 2
Contact Person: Christopher Mace
Contact Phone: (361) 729-5429
Assists TPWD - Coastal Fisheries Biologists with the collection of fisheries related data. Handling of fish, boating on skiffs and research vessels required.
Contact Person: Faye Grubbs
Contact Phone: (361) 825-3281
*This is not a Park Host/Resident Volunteer Position with RV accomodations.*Short term volunteer opportunity to fulfill school credit requirements, Earth Day projects, school and group service hours, and MLK Day of Service. Volunteer assignments may consist of invasive plant removal, butterfly garden maintenance and expansion, park trails maintenance (removal of trash and debris), visitor center maintenance (sweeping and mopping facility floors and restroom, replenishing restroom supplies, vacuuming carpets, cleaning windows, tables and counterops), sorting park recycling receptacles and emptying wastebaskets, cleaning facility awnings/canopies, washing state vehicles, bicycle maintenance (repairing flate tires), and other duties as assigned.Ability to work independently or as part of a team with minimal supervision.Criminal Background Check required.
Program: Resaca de la Palma State Park
Contact Person: Cynthia Ortiz
Contact Phone: (956) 350-2920
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
For use by Friends of Galveston Island State Park standing members to track hours for meetings, programs, and activites that are not tracked in other locations.
Program: Galveston Island State Park
Contact Person: Kyle O'Haver
Contact Phone: (409) 737-1222
Do you have a green thumb? We want you to come out and help us keep our gardens and wildscapes in tiptop shape. Assist with the overall development and maintenance of the gardens and trails. Duties include pruning, invasives removal, weeding, and planting. No experience necessary, all training will be provided.Minimum age of 18—Criminal Background Check required
Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center needs volunteers to help with this special park event held on Saturday, October 19th from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Volunteers will be needed between from 3:00pm-9:30pm for set-up, event, and tear down.Volunteers will be assisting with activities like face painting, crafts, registration, parking, games, and our spooooky trail. Once you have submitted your volunteer application, the volunteer coordinator will contact you about shifts and placements. May require an in-person training before the event.
This is for instructors to report class/event participation numbers for Archery classes and Explore Bowhunting classes other than NASP archery. Report NASP archery activity under "NASP Archery Education Classes and Events.".
Program: Community Archery South Texas
Contact Person: Kendrick Gray
Contact Phone: (346) 236-9278
Houston has a wonderful diversity of plants and animals, but they are being outcompeted by invasive species that harm the environment. Sheldon Lake State Park wants help managing our restored coastal prairie so that the many native birds, amphibians, and mammals will still have a home. Volunteers will work with park staff to remove invasive plants like the Chinese tallow, eastern baccharis, and deep-rooted sedge using tools and other methods. You will also learn how to identify the flora and fauna of the greater Houston region. Invasive removal will be done outside in variable conditions and will require physical exertion. All tools will be provided. If you love the outdoors and want to preserve it for years to come, visit our park and see what you can do to protect Houston's natural resources. Criminal background check required. Volunteers age 18+ only.
Duties will be: Working evening shifts. Help visitors after hours. Evening rounds, after hours shelter check in & check campsite tags. Close park at 10 PM. Take care of campgrounds. Clean grounds, pick trash etc. Check/clean bathhouses as needed. Fee collecting at park office if able & needed. Other "on your own" type projects as directed. Need to have orientation/report to Superintendents & PPO. Shifts: Mon- Tues, Wed- Thurs, Fri- Sun.
Program: Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Contact Person: Mary Thomas
Contact Phone: (361) 547-2635
Work day shifts.Clean grounds, pick up trash, clean grills.Morning custodial duties.Brush trimming.Painting projects.Carpentry projects.Orientation/ Report to Lead Ranger.Shifts: Project based? Equipment avaiability?
Contact Phone: (361) 547-2635 x3334
Assisting the park with mowing, invasive plant removal, and trail maintenance. You will need to be approved to work with equipment and chemical spraying before alowing to work.
Assist staff with hatchery operation (i.e. fish culture, maintenance, outreach & research.)
Program: CCA Marine Development Center
Contact Person: Ashley Fincannon
Contact Phone: (361) 939-7784
Only certified TPWD NASP or USA Archery instructor volunteers may sign up for this opportunity. If you are not currently certified, please contact Burnie Kessner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please report NASP archery activity here on the survey. Please report Explore Bowhunting, Explore Bowfishing and other non-NASP archery activity at "Community Archery Education Classes and Events" or "Houston Community Archery Education Classes and Events."
Program: National Archery in the Schools
Contact Person: Burnie Kessner
Contact Phone: (281) 793-5135
Restore the coastal prairie! This is a unique ecosystem that once covered the landscape of Houston, and provides habitat for many birds, amphibians, and mammals. Join us on Saturday, November 9th from 8:30am to 12:00pm for our annual Native Prairie Plant-a-thon where we put thousands of native grasses and forbs into the ground. Families and large groups welcome.
Work with the Habitat Mapping team to conduct oyster restoration monitoring (oyster sampling and acoustic survey). Prefer experience on boats and gps units.
Program: Habitat Assessment
Contact Person: Stephanie Taylor
Work with the Habitat Mapping team on oyster restoration projects. Tasks includes measuring barges and placing marker buoys. Prefer boat and gps experience.
This is a great opportunity to participate in the rejuvenation of a unique Texas State Park. A twenty-four hour work week and a positive attitude are required to work alongside our enthusiastic and highly motivated staff. Park hosts are provided with a 50/30 amp full hook-up campsite located in our Marsh unit. Call the park for availability and scheduling.
Contact Phone: (409) 971-2559 x222
Be part of a large-scale prairie and wetland restoration project! Our volunteers come out every Tuesday from 8:00am-11:30am 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.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a certified Project WILD Facilitator. The WILD suite includes Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, and Growing Up WILD. To find a workshop in your area, check the TPWD Calendar. If you don't find one in your area, contact the program coordinator. Only Project WILD facilitators may be assigned to this opportunity
Program: Project WILD
Contact Person: Kiki Corry
Contact Phone: (512) 389-4369
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.