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Openings available *February 2021*Thank you for your interest in volunteering at beautiful Garner, the most visited of all Texas State Parks! We are seeking individuals to assist our rangers with regular park duties, maintenance and repairs, mowing/trimming, prep for deer hunt, construction projects, and upkeep duties like sign painting and litter pick-up. During your stay, take advantage of the Frio Canyon's scenic beauty, wildlife, and crystal-clear waters of the Frio River. Garner State Park needs you!This position is for 1 to 6 months and in exchange for 24 hours of volunteer work per week, we'll provide you with a full hookup site (50 amp) for your RV.The main duties of this position include assisting rangers with daily tasks and projects tree trimming, prep for deer hunt, painting restrooms, repairing damaged lanterns and fire rings and much more!FYI: Only AT&T cell service is available in the park at this time, and wireless internet is available at 2 park locations. Our water is very hard (full of calcium and minerals) and will likely require you to install additional water filters on your RV.
Program: Garner State Park
Contact Person: Shaylee Burns
Contact Phone: (830) 834-0419
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NOTE: ABKSNA does not have Park Host opportunities at this time.Position: Volunteer Site AssistantsResponsibilities: Various plant and animal surveys, fence repair, brush clearing, site cleanup, program development, outreach events, grounds maintenance, preparations for future public opening of site.Requirements: Attend required orientation training and safety training, and pass criminal background check.Desired Qualifications: Commitment to conserving and managing natural/cultural resources, use of various tools and equipment, comfortable speaking with public, natural/ cultural history knowledge, support for TPWD's mission.Time Required: Open
Program: Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area
Contact Person: James Rice
Contact Phone: (853) 548-9622
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
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
this is for USA Level 1 or 2 Archery certification classes
Program: Community Archery North TX
Availability from April through November
Come join our team and experience life beneath the pines at Bastrop State Park! Spend your Spring and/or Summer in the scenic Lost Pines of Bastrop and help contribute to your Texas State Parks.Willing and eager with a can-do attitude? Then we want you! Bastrop State Park is looking for motivated couples or individuals to come enjoy the wonderful smell of loblolly pines while helping our superior park staff with daily park needs. Park Hosts assist in many aspects of park operations from maintenance, cleaning, visitor assistance, and interpretive programming.Ideal team members will have a positive and friendly attitude, a willingness to interact with visitors, good communication skills, and be capable of being flexible.The host position is for 2 to 6 months and requires at least 25 hours of volunteer work per week. In exchange for those hours we will provide you with a full hookup site (50 amp) at no charge! We also provide access to a washer and dryer facility! Also enjoy wonderful shopping and dining experiences in historic downtown Bastrop as it is only a five minute drive away from the park! With nearby cities of Austin and San Antonio that provide other day off opportunities! And Austin Airport is only a 20 minute drive away! Duties of the Park Host Required- Clean and maintain bathrooms - Oversee and maintain their campground loop, which includes but is not limited to trash pick up of entire loop, cleaning out fire rings, mowing/weedeating entire camping loop and de-weeding tent pads - Assist with historic CCC cabin cleaning- Assist visitors - Split wood. Other Duties Include but are not Limited To:- Assist with grounds maintenance of park - Assist with interpretive tours/hikes and programs - Assist with miscellaneous tasks, projects and programs.Minimum 25 hours a week with mainly days off other than weekends. Must be willing and capable of cleaning bathrooms and cabins. Applicants need to be available at least 2 consecutive months and will have the option to stay up to 6 months.Must be at least 18 years old and must pass a criminal background check.
Program: Bastrop State Park
Contact Person: Madalyn Miller
Contact Phone: (512) 718-0211
Want to follow in the footsteps of the Civilian Conservation Corps? Join our team of trail workers to keep our park in tip top shape! Requirements:Must be at least 18 years old. Or have a guardian present if under 18.Must pass Criminal Background Check (at no cost to you).Must fill out an Alternative Workforce Waiver (at the time of application).After you've been accepted and contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator, we can get you started!
Love Texas Summers? Love the Heat? Blanco State Park is looking for friendly, motivated and energetic park hosts to work and live in its beautiful Hill Country campground. As a park host, you will support TPWD''s mission by assisting with the day to day functions of the park and providing outstanding service to park visitors, maintaining the cleanliness of park grounds and facilities, and supporting basic maintenance needs.
Volunteer duties will include: Representing TPWD State Parks in a positive manner; maintaining cleanliness of assigned areas, including keeping pavilion bathrooms cleaned and stocked and collecting trash from assigned camp loops; cleaning campsites and shelters (firepits, picnic tables...), checking sites; providing excellent customer service to park visitors, including providing general information and assistance to park visitors; and maintaining cleanliness of assigned host site.
Requirements: Experience with customer service and ability to effectively communicate with public, other volunteers, and staff; experience with basic maintenance and equipment use; essential opportunity functions require sitting for long periods of time, carrying, walking, and standing; background check required.
Benefits: In exchange for a minimum of 25 volunteer hours per week, you are provided with a 50 amp full hook-up. You also receive the opportunity to play a critical role in the conservation and stewardship of the natural and cultural resources of Texas!
Call for available dates or additional details.
Program: Blanco State Park
Contact Person: Daniel Kellogg
Contact Phone: (830) 833-4333
Love Texas heat? Love Texas State Parks? Blanco State Park is looking for volunteers with maintenance, electrical work, carpentry or manual labor experience and a love for state parks to support the maintenance team. Your time, energy, and skills will support the park team in managing and conserving the park's natural and cultural resources and keep the park safe and usable for visitors. This position assists park staff with day to day operations of a state park. Duties may include, operating mowers, weed-eaters and chainsaws, firewood collection, cleaning restrooms, cleaning campsites, completing visitor use surveys, trash collection, and light repairs. Shifts may vary, primarily daytime, but always include one Saturday or Sunday each week. May also be responsible for care of Wildlife Viewing Station/Bird Blind. Volunteers will receive safety and equipment training and will learn about park maintenance operations. Positions are available throughout the week. A criminal background check is required. Benefits: In exchange for a minimum of 25 volunteer hours per week, you are provided with a 50 amp full hook-up. You also receive the opportunity to play a critical role in the conservation and stewardship of the natural and cultural resources of Texas! Call for available dates or additional details.
Openings starting mid April. Come join our team and experience life beneath the beautiful Spanish moss at Buescher State Park! Spend your fall/winter/spring/summer seasons tucked away in this little hidden jewel of Central Texas and help contribute to your Texas State Parks.Willing and eager with a can-do attitude? Then we want you! Buescher State Park is looking for motivated couples or individuals to come enjoy this very unique, beautiful, and peaceful area while helping our superior park staff with daily park needs.Park Hosts assist in many aspects of park operations including maintenance, cleaning, visitor assistance, and interpretive programming.Ideal team members will have a positive and friendly attitude, a willingness to interact with visitors, good communication skills, and be capable of being flexible. The host position is for 2 to 6 months and requires at least 25 hours of volunteer work per week. In exchange for those hours we will provide you with a full hookup site (30 amp, no 50 amp sites) at no charge! We also provide access to a washer and dryer facility. Also enjoy wonderful shopping and dining experiences in historic downtown Smithville, which is only a six minute drive away from the park. Historic Downtown Bastrop is only a 15 minute drive away, and nearby cities of Austin and San Antonio provide other opportunities to enjoy on days off.Enjoy hiking, biking, fishing and canoeing at this little piece of heaven!Duties of the Park Host *Required*Clean and maintain bathrooms *Oversee and maintain assigned campground loop, including but not limited to: - Trash pickiup of entire loop - Clean out fire rings - Mow/weed-eat entire camping loop - Remove weeds from tent pads * Assist with Historic CCC Cabin cleaning * Assist visitors * Split wood Other Duties Include but are not Limited To:- Assist with park grounds maintenance - Assist front office staff - Assist with Interpretive tours/hikes and programs- Assist with miscellaneous tasks, projects and programs *Minimum 25 hours a week, with days off mainly on days other than weekends*Must be willing and capable of cleaning bathrooms and cabins *Applicants need to be available at least 2 consecutive months and will have the option to stay up to 6 months *Must be at least 18 years old *Must pass a criminal background check
Program: Buescher State Park
A great opportunity for living and working in a hidden jewel of the park system. Colorado Bend is situated in the Hill Country along the Colorado River and is home to Gorman Falls, a 70 foot waterfall paradise. Fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking and other great opportunities abound. Park Hosts will have the opportunity to contribute towards the TPWD mission of providing visitor opportunities and conserving resources. The ideal candidate is friendly, flexible, and able to bring a positive attitude. All hosts interact with the public. If you love the outdoors and hitting a trail, you will be a good match at our remote, rugged, and primitive park.Duties may include, but are not limited to: - Greeting customers - Planning and delivering interpretive activities and events such as hikes, birding, children's programs, and whatever else interests you- Cleaning campsites, restrooms and headquarters - Trail and facility projects - Assisting in office and working front desk - Maintenance and infrastructure projects Criminal background check required. Hosts will be provided with a full hook-up (water/sewer/electric) site in exchange for a minimum 25 hrs/wk (32 hrs/week - double occupancy). These positions are typically 3 month commitments. Please contact the park to see if Colorado Bend is your next adventure!
Program: Colorado Bend State Park
Contact Person: Debbie Hicks
Contact Phone: (325) 628-3240
Assist park staff with resource management projects. Duties may include: - Trail Maintenance and Projects- Spotlight Deer Surveys - Bat Counts - Weed Management
"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 South Texas
Contact Person: Travis Glick
Contact Phone: (214) 532-1613
Join The Devil's Sinkhole Society and help with interpretation, event planning, and general maintenance. Criminal background check is required.
Program: Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area
Contact Person: Christina Landsborough-Bitter
Contact Phone: (830) 563-2342
Looking for helpful and self motivated campground Park Host. Host is required to complete a minimun of 24 volunteer hours per week .Camp ground Host daily duties include:- Provide a warm friendly greeting to park's day and overnight visitors- Work as Customer Service Representive at Visitor Center- Instruct visitors of after hour's regristration requirements- Direct overnight visitors to camping area and specific sites- Clean restroom, shower building and bunkhouse- Litter clean up- Clean campsite and fire rings- Assist with mowing campsites- Assist park ranger with light maintenance duties- Other duties based on interests, skills, and park needsApplicants must be 18 years of age and older.A criminal background check is required.Campground Park Host will be provided with electrical hook up, water, sewer, washer and dryer. Park is open to the public from Friday at 8 am to Monday at 5pm.Current interest list for February & March 2020 please call the park 830-395-2133.
Program: Devils River State Natural Area-North Unit
Contact Person: Beau Hester
Contact Phone: (830) 395-2133
Volunteer will support TPWD's mission by assisting park staff in Headquaters Building with the Park's daytime operations.Volunteer must provide customer service, register incoming visitors, answer phone calls, and provide park information to all incoming visitors.A criminal background check (CBC) must be successfully PASSED before an opporunity will be offered.Current interest for February & March 2020 contact Beau Hester 830-395-2133.
Contact Person: Beau.Hester
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! Park Ranger will be providing instructional training in the end of May 2020. 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.
Contact Person: Nora Padilla
Join us in making the park better for everyone! Being in the Hill Country means that the park needs constant work and upkeep! Trailwork includes erosion control, revegetation of social trails and basic trail cleanup. We've also started including other projects on our Last Saturdays (picnic table assembly in September and park sign painting in October, who knows what we'll get up to next!) This opportunity requires some knowledge of hand tools (or a desire to learn) and a willingness to put in hard work anywhere in the park. Work together, sweat together; that's the way we make things better!
This opportunity occurs the last Saturday of every month. If you are looking to bring a larger group out to volunteer on a different date, please email the volunteer coordinator.
Program: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Contact Person: Jessica DeBoer
Contact Phone: (830) 685-3030
Assist park staff with various duties to include: - Customer service- Search and rescue- Traffic direction- General grounds and facilities maintenance A criminal background check is required. Three Park Host sites are available at the park. All sites have WIFI, water, electrical and sewer hookups. There are also freezers, a washer and dryer, and a kitchen available for your use. Please call or e-mail about current availablity.
Contact Person: Stephanie Croatt
Erock's trails are in need of some maintenance and repair! Help park rangers manage erosion, remove brush, fill in social trails, repair water bars, and establish new trails.MINIMUM VOLUNTEER AGE: 16