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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
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Maintenance hosts needed from April - December 2019. 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 needed from April - December 2019. 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 TXParks, checking guests in, answering phones, and other clerical tasks. The position also requires locking of the park gate at 10:00 pm on scheduled work days. We require a minimum three month commitment for this position.
Office hosts needed from April - December 2019. Office shifts vary between the hours of 7:00 am - 8:00 pm, but occasionally earlier or later shifts may be needed. The position consists of working with TXParks, checking guests in, answering phones, and other clerical tasks. The position also requires locking of the park gate at 10:00 pm on scheduled work days. We require a minimum three month commitment for this position.
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
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
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 Naturalists
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 on 2/5, 4/2, 6/4, 8/6, 10/1, and 12/3. 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 Judson Robinson Community Center, 2020 Hermann Drive, Houston TX 77030. Visit our website.
Program: Gulf Coast Master Naturalists
Contact Person: Gulf Coast
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: Mid Coast
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 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.
Contact Phone: (281) 456-2800 x230
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 Apr. to Oct. 2019Please 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
(This is for maintenance or other specified opportunities. We have two other opportunities - Park Host and our volunteer organization that serves customers in the nature center and with interpretive programming.) Maintenance: NEEDED MONDAY - FRIDAY BEETWEEN 8:00 am & 5:00 pm - at least 4 hours shift on day of serviceVolunteers needed to support park maintance including but not limited to minor construction/capentry, trail maintenance, tree clearing, habitat restoration, vegetation control and other miscellaneous maintenance activities including equipment repair if skilled in that area.Other: Specialized projects that may require an allotment of time such as project development or program establishment.Contact: email@example.com for questions.
Contact Person: Monica Stewart
(If you are interested in hosting please apply for our separate hosting opportunity. If you are interested in maintenance only, please see that opportunity.)We train twice per year in February and September. However, this year we will postpone the September training due to staffng constraints. Your application will be considered for the February 2018 class. 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
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: Brian Bartram
Contact Phone: (361) 729-2328
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
Visual survey of doves species by GPS points on driving routes throughout Houston and upper coast.
Program: Houston Urban Wildlife Program
Contact Person: Kelly Norrid
Contact Phone: (281) 456-7029 x22
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
Volunteers are needed to help with a family fishing event - basic education stations and water-side fishing will take place. When: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, 9am to 3:30pmVolunteers should arrive at 9AM; Event runs 10am to 3:30pm. Please plan to stay and help with clean-up. Where: Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, 20215 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston, TX 77070The event is hosted by Fishing's Future in partnership with Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF). The Take Me Fishing-First Catch Centers are events held at various locations throughout the state that provide hands-on basic fishing and boating skills for youth and adults.
Contact Person: Michael Scherer
Contact Phone: (832) 202-5221
Volunteers are needed to help with a family fishing event - basic education stations and water-side fishing will take place. When: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, 8am to 3:30pmVolunteers should arrive at 8AM; Event runs 9am to 3pm. Please plan to stay and help with clean-up. Where: Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Drive, HumbleThe event is hosted by Fishing's Future in partnership with Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF). The Take Me Fishing-First Catch Centers are events held at various locations throughout the state that provide hands-on basic fishing and boating skills for youth and adults.
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
Galveston Island State Park is in need of park interpreters to assist visitor programs and lead outdoor activities and experiences. Ideally, candidates have experience or interest in outdoor activities and education, emphasize environmental stewardship, and know basic park information. Meet new people, support Texas Parks and Wildlife mission, enjoy the wilderness of the island. Great for people with good customer service experience and desire to share the park with others.
Contact Person: Lisa Reznicek
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
Giving educational 'Bat Chats', collecting bat roost data, attend regular meetings and training
Contact Person: Diana Foss
Contact Phone: (281) 456-7029 x21
this is for USA Level 1 or 2 Archery certification classes
Program: Community Archery Houston
Contact Person: Kendrick Gray
Contact Phone: (346) 236-9278
Trapping and leg banding of white winged and mourning doves in the greater Houston area. You must be pre-approved to participate in this project. Please contact the Houston Urban Wildlife Office for details.
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.".
Presentations, booths talks and general assistance with tasks in regards to urban wildlife in the greater Houston area.
*If you wish to live on site while volunteering, please only sign up for the Park Host opportunity.Do you have a knowledge and passion for history? Do you love sharing your knowledge and want to continue learning more? Then Battleship TEXAS State Historic Site's Interpretive Volunteer position is the perfect fit for you!Battleship TEXAS is looking for individuals with public speaking, teaching, and/or docent experience, stellar customer service skills, and a love for state parks to:*Support the Ship Interpreter with educational programs and tours,*Lead guided tours for visitors, including large school groups, and*Provide information and assistance to all ship visitors.Volunteers will receive training in interpretation and access to resources and tools to continue to learn about the ship. Positions are available throughout the week. An interview with park staff and criminal background check are required. If you are interested in this position, please sign up online, and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you with additional information and a more detailed volunteer job description.
Program: Battleship TEXAS SHS
Contact Person: Stephanie Croatt
Contact Phone: (281) 479-2431 x248
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
Assist TPWD biologist with an oyster reef restoration project in Lavaca Bay. Willingness to be on a boat, work in inclement weather and work long days as needed. Volunteers will be counting oyster shell loads being placed on a vessel to validate quantities of harvested osyter shell returned to the bay.
Program: Coastal Fisheries - Matagorda Bay Ecosystem
Contact Person: Leslie Hartman
Contact Phone: (361) 972-6253
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.
Have you ever wanted to step back in time and work on a 19th century farm? This position includes daily farm chores as well as engaging vistitors about daily life on the 1850s cotton farm of Dr. Anson Jones, the last President of Texas. Interpreting to site visitors, conducting school programs and assisting with livestock care are all parts of this position. Historically appropriate period clothing and attire is required when working on site. Barrington Living History Farm is located with-in the boundaries of Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, a nearly 300 acre park nestled along the banks of the Brazos River in Washington County. This day-use only facility for visitors offers a nice break for parks hosts from traditional camping parks. Our park hosts truely enjoy the quiet nights after the park closes at sun-down. The park maintains more than a mile of walking trails, nicely maintained grasslands and wooded areas to walk. Birders also appreciate our diverse species that migrate through at different times of the year. If you enjoy Texas history and want to help bring the past to life for thousands of park visitors than Barrington Farm is the spot for you!
Program: Washington-on-the-Brazos SHS
Contact Person: Jonathan Failor
Contact Phone: (936) 878-2214 x224
Park Hosts assist with daily operations at Resaca de la Palma State Park. Duties may include, but are not limited to: developing and executing interpretive programs (Tram Tours, Bird Walk, Butterfly Walk, Nature Hike, Night Hike, and Astronomy in the Park), assisting with special events (Jolly Night Hike and Winter Texan Appreciation Day), providing quality customer service, answering phones, collecting park fees, operating cash register, re-stocking merchandise, interacting with a large number of visitors, conducting maintenance of interpretive exhibits and materials, general maintenance of grounds and facilities, and supporting the mission of TPWD to educate our guests on conservation and protection of resources and wildlife In addition, any special skills in education, outreach, interpretation, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, bicycle repair or other maintenance areas are appreciated. In exchange for 32 hours of service per week, hosts are provided with a full hook-up campsite with water, electricity, and sewer hookups. Free Wi-Fi is available in the park. The minimum volunteer term is three months. Criminal Background Check required