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Duties will include restroom cleaning, trail maintenance, general repairs, fish cleaning station maintenance, greeting visitors, directing visitors to self-pay sation, and more.

Benefits to being a park host here include:
- 24hr work week
- quiet nights (This area of the park is for day use only)
-free RV/camper site with electric & water hook-up stations
-working in your favorite state park!


Program: Choke Canyon State Park

Contact Person: Olivia Crayton

Contact Phone: (361) 786-3868

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Choke Canyon State Park is looking for an enthusiastic park host to assist with administrative and maintenance operations. Administrative duties will generally include assisting with visitor services in collecting day use fees and assisting office staff with customer service. Maintenance duties will generally include the cleaning of park facilities and the headquarters office.

In exchange for 24 hours of service per week, this position comes with a full hook-up RV site (-water/electric/sewer). We ask that our park hosts commit to a minimum of 3 months.

For more information please contact Olivia Crayton Volunteer Coordinator 361-436-0428


Program: Choke Canyon State Park

Contact Person: Cody Edwards

Contact Phone: (361) 813-7815

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Under the supervision and guidance of staff this position assist with trail work, gardening, cleaning, repairing, mowing, carpentry, cash register, customer service and other assigned duties as needed. Position available from June 2022 thru end of August 2022 and requires a minimum of three month stay


Program: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Contact Person: Orlando Carranco

Contact Phone: (956) 584-9156

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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: Sam Toback

Contact Phone: (512) 389-8572

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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 burnie.kessner@tpwd.texas.gov. 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

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Under the supervision and guidance of maintenance, store and Interpretive staff, this position assists with trail work, gardening, cleaning, repairing, mowing, carpentry, electrical, and other maintenance duties as needed. Position available for the months of November 2022 thru March 2023 and requires a minumun of three months of stay.


Program: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Contact Person: Orlando Carranco

Contact Phone: (956) 584-9156 x236

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"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 Houston and Coastal

Contact Person: Travis Glick

Contact Phone: (214) 532-1613

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Gardening, maintenance, nature walks (can train). Must pass criminal background check to help with children (especially school group outdoor education).


Program: Estero Llano Grande State Park

Contact Person: John Yochum

Contact Phone: (956) 565-3919

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Garner State Park is looking for individuals interested in managing and maintaining the park's unique resources. Specifically, people who love nature! This position is open to both local volunteers seeking service hours or park hosts for 1 to 6 months. For hosts, we'll provide you with a full hookup site (50 amp) in exchange for 24 hours of volunteer work per week.

Duties for this opportunity may include some or all of the following:
- Maintaining the park's bird blind (watering, planting and pruning trees, daily cleaning and feeding as well as creating and maintaining a natural environment for bird viewing)
- Watering park trees
- Maintaining the native garden
- Leading interpretive hikes/nature walks
- Assisting with and developing interpretive programs.


Program: Garner State Park

Contact Person: Shaylee Burns

Contact Phone: (830) 834-0419

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Goliad State Park is looking for friendly, motivated, and energetic Park Hosts to work and live in its beautiful campground along the San Antonio River. As a Park Host, you will support TPWD's mission by assisting with the day to day functions of the park.

Potential applicants could contrubute in a variety of roles, such as:

-Working with our maintenance team with the care of the park campgrounds, trails, and restrooms

-Helping our interpretive team to orient visitors and answer their questions at one of our historic sites

-Assisting our customer service representatives at the park headquarters

-Other duties as assigned


In exchange for 24 volunteer hours a week, Hosts will be provided with a full hook-up site (water/electric/sewer) and will have access to a free laundry facility. Park Hosts typically commit to two or three months, with variations depending on specific circumstances.


Currently seeking applicants through September 2022.


Minimum age: 18


Program: Goliad State Park

Contact Person: Kersten Berry

Contact Phone: (361) 645-3405

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Come be a volunteer at Goliad State Park where you can assist the park with various opportunities depending on your interest and experience. Special skills are highly desired. Program opportunities include:
- Assisting with and conducting interpretive programs including bird walks, wildflower walks, history tours, etc.
- Maintaining the Wildlife Viewing Blind and Bird Feeding Program
- Greeting people at Mission Espiritu Santo and Zaragoza Birthplace
- Maintaining interpretive exhibits and materials
- Assisting with special events
- Maintaining park flower beds
- Demonstrating Spanish Colonial lifeways, such as spinning, weaving, and blacksmithing

Criminal background check required. Must be 17 years old or accompanied by an adult and be able to volunteer five hours each month.

Does not include Park Hosting opportunities. See Park Host (Maintenance) or Park Host (Interpretation/Education).


Program: Goliad State Park

Contact Person: Kersten Berry

Contact Phone: (361) 645-3405

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Come work and live in beautiful South Texas! Lake Casa Blanca International State Park is located in Laredo, Texas; the gateway to Mexico!

If you are an energetic, friendly, outgoing individual who has a love for the outdoors, then a park host could be right for you! Park hosts volunteer as representatives and stewards of Texas State Parks. They provide operational support to the park and information to the visiting public.

The two main roles of this position will be to assist park staff with clerical/cashier duties at our Headquarters station and general maintenance.

This includes but not limits: Answering main phone line, checking campers, cleaning of restrooms, maintenance of rental facilities, trail maintenance, landscaping, and more. Interpretation assignments will be added as well.

Currently, availability starts in August 2022. Call the park for more details.


Program: Lake Casa Blanca State Park

Contact Person: Sydney Blackwell

Contact Phone: (203) 848-5191

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Greeting visitors and checking wristbands
Monitoring and maintaining the Nature Center
Providing park information like maps, schedules, and guides
Inspiring stewards with conservation-themed encounters
Promoting programs like Junior Ranger
Assisting with maintaining feeders (seasonally)


Program: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Contact Person: Maria Montelongo

Contact Phone: (956) 584-9156

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Assist the park interpretation department with various opportunities depending on the volunteer's interest and experience.

Volunteer opportunities include:
-assisting with and leading interpretive programs
-bird feeding program
-Nature Center greeter
-maintenance of interpretive exhibits and materials
-special events, night programs, and citizen science projects
-gardening
-opportunities to assist park naturalists with habitat improvement, removal of invasive species, and upkeep of equipment

Special skills are highly desired such as knowledge of south Texas birds and habitats, nature and excellent customer service skills.

Please note that some of the above outlined duties may not be available in the slow season (summer). Criminal Background Check required.

This position is not a Park Host position and does not provide a full hook-up RV site.


Program: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Contact Person: Maria Montelongo

Contact Phone: (956) 584-9156

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Thank you for your support of Project WILD!

If you are already a certified WILD Facilitator (WILD One), just click on the blue button to register so you will be ready to go when it is time to plan your next WILD workshop or report your next event!

If you do not have a TPWD Volunteer Profile you will be prompted to create one - if you do not know if you have a volunteer profile, please contact us before making a new one!

If you are not already a certified WILD One, we would love to have you join the team! Please keep an eye on the the Project WILD workshop calendar for upcoming facilitator trainings, but do not sign up for this opportunity at this time. If there is no workshop available that you can attend or you have questions, don't hesitate to email us directly ProjectWILD@TPWD.Texas.gov


Program: Project WILD

Contact Person: Kiki Corry

Contact Phone: (512) 389-4369

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The Texas Aquatic Science 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).  To participate, host a workshop, or volunteer to assist in delivering workshops, volunteer for this great opportunity.  http://tpwd.texas.gov/education/resources/aquatic-science


Program: Community Water Education

Contact Person: Melissa Alderson

Contact Phone: (512) 389-8060

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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


Program: Community Water Education

Contact Person: Melissa Alderson

Contact Phone: (512) 389-8060

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The Buffalo Soldier Heritage and Outreach program is looking for you. The Texas Buffalo Soldiers program provides educational experiences that connect underrepresented populations with the outdoors through interpretive story telling of the Buffalo Soldiers, the country's first professional African American soldiers. The Texas Buffalo Solders program brings history to life with stories, costumes and tools. At one of our programs, you can learn how to track an animal, and fish with a cane pole.

The Buffalo Soldiers program is looking for volunteers of all skills and abilities, including:
- Photographers and videographers
- General program assistance
- Outdoor skill facilitators
- Costumed interpreters.


Program: Buffalo Soldiers Heritage & Outreach Program

Contact Person: Luis Padilla

Contact Phone: (512) 389-8569

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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 can't be done without great volunteer assistance!


Program: Texas Outdoor Family

Contact Person: Rick Torres

Contact Phone: (512) 423-7335

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TPWDiscover is our agency wide brand for educational content specifically created with early childhood-12th grade audiences in mind!

We offer live and recorded distance learning as well as educational resources, field trips and career fairs. Advanced opportunities can include service learning, citizen science, and field work.

Location: Remote and in-field opportunities across the state
Supervisor: Louisa Torrance
Purpose: To support TPWD's mission by inspiring stewardshipof the natural and cultural resources of Texas by providing free, accessible, educational content to all learners. We work to remove the barriers of cost and access while increasing representation and relevancy through virtual and in-person programming.

Major Duties:
- Represent TPWD State Parks in a positive manner and supplement the work of park staff.
- Support the virtual and in-person efforts of interpretive staff to deliver TEKS-aligned content to early childhood - 12th grade audiences including:
o Lead virtual, distance learning programs through Zoom for school groups. Zoom programs are generally live and interactive, lasting 30 to 45 minutes.
o Create or edit short, 3 to 5 minute long TEKS-aligned videos for the Educational YouTube channel to be featured in the TPWDiscover playlist.
o Align TPWD YouTube videos with current TEKS to add to our Educational Resources spreadsheet.
o Foster relationships between the park and key faculty and staff in local school districts.

Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Knowledge of working in a classroom setting or as an informal educator working with school groups.
- Knowledge of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.
- Knowledge of conservation education programs such as Project WILD.
- Ability to effectively communicate with young audiences (under 18 years).
- Ability to use Zoom and other virtual platforms.
- Skill in filming and editing videos.

All volunteers must have a criminal background check clearance.

Time Commitment: as needed per project
Volunteers are asked to commit to 6 months minimum.
Benefits:
- Knowledge that you are stewarding and protecting our public lands for use today and by future generations.

Contact: Louisa Torrance, louisa.torrance@tpwd.texas.gov, (737) 224-3643


Program: Distance Learning - State Parks

Contact Person: Louisa Torrance

Contact Phone: (737) 224-3643

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