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*****Some openings between May and Late summer. ****** We are full for January through April.
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
> Mow/Weed Eat Entire Camping Loop
> De-Weed Tent Pads
* Assist with Historic CCC Cabin Cleaning
* Assist Visitors
* Splitting Wood

Other Duties Include but are not Limited To

- Assist with Grounds Maintenance of Park
- Assist Front Office Staff
- Assist with Interpretive Tours/Hikes and Programs
- Assist with Miscellaneous Tasks, Projects and Programs

We understand Park Hosts each have different sets of skills and will try to match you with your skills and passions when possible.

*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.*

*Must pass a Criminal Background Check*


Program: Bastrop State Park

Contact Person: Madalyn Miller

Contact Phone: (512) 718-0211

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*****Openings From July into late Summer******* We are full through June
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 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 (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 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!
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 their Campground Loop
- Includes but is not limited to
> Trash Pick up of Entire Loop
> Cleaning out Fire Rings
> Mow/Weed Eat Entire Camping Loop
> De-Weed Tent Pads
* Assist with Historic CCC Cabin Cleaning
* Assist Visitors
* Splitting Wood

Other Duties Include but are not Limited To

- Assist with Grounds Maintenance of Park
- Assist Front Office Staff
- Assist with Interpretive Tours/Hikes and Programs
- Assist with Miscellaneous Tasks, Projects and Programs

We understand Park Hosts each have different sets of skills and will try to match you with your skills and passions when possible.

*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.*
*Must pass a Criminal Background Check*


Program: Buescher State Park

Contact Person: Madalyn Miller

Contact Phone: (512) 718-0211

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The endless opportunities Inks Lake has to offer will vary from the following depending on the need of the park-

Checking and cleaning cabins, assisting the public with boat rentals, site checks, fee collecting, parking lot attendants, and evening booth hosts. Also, assist in all aspects of maintenance and cleaning duties. Possibly assisting with interpretive programs, research, outreach programs, trail maintenance, special events, and assist with public relations. Criminal History Check required.


Program: Inks Lake State Park

Contact Person: Shawn Greene

Contact Phone: (512) 793-2223 x230

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*Openings available beginning March 2018*

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at beautiful Garner State Park! The most exciting benefit of hosting is the opportunity to call us your "home away from home" for up to 6 months! We are seeking individuals with a passion for preserving nature, good verbal communication skills, willingness to interact with visitors, and a helpful attitude. 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!

The host 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). First and foremost, park hosts will oversee and maintain a campground loop during and after office hours. Additional help with summer traffic control, extra park projects and programs is also greatly appreciated!


THE ABILITY TO PERFORM THE FOLLOWING HOST TASKS IS REQUIRED AND SHOULD FULFILL AT LEAST 20 HOURS OF YOUR 24-HOUR MINIMUM:



  1. Picking up litter along the loop road(s) and from within each site (walk the sites)

  2. Cleaning full fire rings after campers depart and dumping the ashes

  3. Sorting and gathering aluminum cans from recycling bins and loading them into the can trailer

  4. Cleaning restroom/shower facilities within the loop and reporting large messes/repairs/toilet paper needs to the rangers

  5. Conducting morning "site checks" to look for after-hours permits to notify campers about registration (8-9am)

  6. Providing excellent customer service as needed

  7. Mowing/trimming your designated loop/area (helpful, but not required)

  8. Day Use litter pickup (if assigned)



FYI: Only AT&T cell service is available in the park at this time, wireless internet is available at 2 park locations (though it is slow and spotty)
**Our water is considered VERY hard (full of calcium and other minerals) and it is strongly recommended that you purchase additional water filters/softeners for your RV, as well as cooking and drinking water for you and your pet(s).**


Program: Garner State Park

Contact Person: Shaylee Burns

Contact Phone: (830) 232-6132 x236

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Openings available *February 2018*

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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If you have ever visited Gorman Falls, then you understand what a special place it is. As we have seen increased visitation, we have also seen an increased impact in the Falls area. We are looking for motivated individuals who share our love of Colorado Bend and our conservation mindset.

This position will station at Gorman Falls, while providing information and interpretive moments for visitors. In addition, the position will ensure visitors do not ignore park regulations. Direct visitor contact and requested assistance from park staff will be required.


Benefits will include a waived entrance fee and a free campsite if an overnight stay is preferred. But the real benefit is experiencing and protecting a true Texas treasure.


Program: Colorado Bend State Park

Contact Person: Amanda Parsons

Contact Phone: (325) 628-3240

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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:

greeting customers

planning and delivering interpretive activities and events -- Hikes, birding, children's programs, and whatever else interests you

cleaning of 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: Amanda Parsons

Contact Phone: (325) 628-3240

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Assist park staff with resource management projects. Duties may include:

Trail Maintenance and Projects
Spotlight Deer Surveys
Bat Counts
Weed Management


Program: Colorado Bend State Park

Contact Person: Amanda Parsons

Contact Phone: (325) 628-3240

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Help us maintain our beautiful trail system. This includes all levels of trail maintenance from trash pickup to more advanced skills.


Program: Palmetto State Park

Contact Person: Jason True

Contact Phone: (830) 672-3266

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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.

Volunteer duties will include: Representing TPWD State Parks in a positive manner; maintaining cleanliness of assigned areas, including keeping bathrooms cleaned and stocked and collecting trash from day use areas; assisting with maintenance operations as assigned by maintenance specialist or volunteer supervisor; providing excellent customer service to park visitors, including providing general information and assistance to park visitors; and maintaining cleanliness of assigned host site.
May also be responsible for care of Wildlife Viewing Station.

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.


Program: Blanco State Park

Contact Person: Daniel Kellogg

Contact Phone: (830) 833-4333

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WHEN:  Saturday, September 8, 2018    10am-2pm
WHERE TO MEET:  The Pavilion at 10:00am

The natural beauty of the Frio attracts more than 400,000 campers every year to swim and fish the 2.9 miles of river running through our park.  Help us keep the beautiful Frio River clean, clear, and healthy by joining us to pick up trash in and along our section of the Frio from the RR 1050 bridge down to Old Baldy.  

In exchange for your participation, enjoy an overnight campsite Saturday night ON US!  Contact headquarters at (830) 232-6132  By August 31, 2018  if you will need a campsite.

6:00PM @ Pavilion - An appreciation dinner provided by Friends of the Frio.                        

Garner State Park is located at 234 RR 1050 in Concan, TX. For more info, call (830) 232-6132 


 


Program: Garner State Park

Contact Person: Lisa Villanova

Contact Phone: (830) 232-6132 x224

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NOTE:  **ABK DOES NOT HAVE PARK HOST opportunities at this time.**

Position-Site Assistant, Supervisor- Site Superintendent, Responsibilities-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-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, Training-Orientation


Program: Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area

Contact Person: James Rice

Contact Phone: (853) 548-9622

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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

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Apply to volunteer with the Balcones-Canyonlands Master Naturalists - in the Travis County area.



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Program: Balcones Canyonlands Master Naturalists

Contact Person: Balcones Canyonland

Contact Phone: (512) 779-1917

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Apply to volunteer with the Capital Area Master Naturalists (CAMN) serving mainly Travis county with opportunities in Hays, Williamson, Bastrop, Burnet, Blanco and Caldwell Counties. Regular chapter meetings are on the last Wednesday of each month with the exception of November and December. Regular meetings are open to the public, starting with a 6:30pm meet and greet, meeting topic at 7pm. We meet at the Austin Nature and Science Center near Zilker Park. More details http://camn.org/calendar

Visit our website.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/capitalareamasternaturalists/
Twitter: @CapAreaMN



Program: Capital Area Master Naturalists

Contact Person: CAMN

Contact Phone: (512) 974-3888

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Apply to volunteer with the Good Water Master Naturalists - in the Williamson County area.

We meet on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.at the Williamson County Texas A&M AgriLife Meeting Rooms at 3151 SE Inner Loop in Georgetown.  Visit our website.


Program: Good Water Master Naturalists

Contact Person: Good Water

Contact Phone:

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Apply to volunteer with the Hays County Master Naturalists - in the Hays County area.

We typically meet on the 4th Thursday of each month. Please visit our website for details.


Program: Hays County Master Naturalists

Contact Person: Hays County

Contact Phone:

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Apply to volunteer with the Highland Lakes Master Naturalists - in the Burnet County area.

We meet on Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, Aug 5, Sept 2, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2 Annual Awards. Visit our website.


Program: Highland Lakes Master Naturalists

Contact Person: Highland Lakes

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"Keeping the Hill Country Native." Texas Master Naturalist, Hill Country Chapter serves Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Real, and San Saba counties.
Members receive comprehensive training in natural resource management specific to the Texas Hill Country and share their knowledge to promote conservation and good stewardship in their communities.
Everyone is welcome at our meetings and presentations on fourth Mondays (except Aug/Dec) at UGRA in Kerrville. Socializing at 6:30pm; program at 7:00.

Want to join a group of friendly folks who love nature and the Texas Hill Country? Explore our site for details, then email questions to our Membership Director. We look forward to hearing from you!


Program: Hill Country Master Naturalists

Contact Person: Hill

Contact Phone:

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Apply to volunteer with the Lindheimer Master Naturalists - in the Comal County area.

We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  Visit our website.


Program: Lindheimer Master Naturalists

Contact Person: Lindheimer Texas Master Naturalists

Contact Phone:

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at beautiful Garner State Park! We are seeking individuals with good verbal communication skills, willingness to interact with visitors, and a helpful attitude. 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 host 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).

Assist with checking and cleaning cabins/ shelters for deposit as visitors depart. Criminal history check required.


Program: Garner State Park

Contact Person: Shaylee Burns

Contact Phone: (830) 834-0419

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We need your help! We would greatly appreciate your help in picking up trash to keep our park beautiful! Bags, gloves, and grabbers provided!

When: Dec. 2nd 9:30-11:30am

When you arrive at the Headquarters let them know you are here to volunteer!

Location: Meet at Lower Falls Parking lot.

Bring: close toed shoes, water, sunscreen and/or rain gear.

Learn about the park you are helping to keep clean along the way. Small prizes for the most trash gathered, the most unique trash, the most colorful and the most bizarre.

**If you have someone in your life that wants to help out with Trail Maintenance but is under the age of 15, this is a great option for them! Parents must accompany minors. All ages are welcome!


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Jamie Gillis

Contact Phone: (210) 334-9328

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Join The Devil's Sinkhole Society and help with interpretation, event planning, and general maintenance. Criminal Background Check is required


Program: Devil's Sinkhole SNA

Contact Person: Alan Crowe

Contact Phone: (830) 563-2342

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Xeriscaping include preparing designated areas installation of  weed barrier/staking material, gravel. Planting of border/landscaping materials, native drought tolerant plants. Installation of water collection drip system.                         For more information email nora.padilla@tpwd.texas.gov.
VOLUNTEER HOURS ARE FOR MATCHING GRANT FUNDS.


Program: Devils River State Natural Area-North Unit

Contact Person: Nora Padilla

Contact Phone: (830) 395-2133

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**This is not a park host position**

This position will assist park staff with various duties to include: general office and clerical duties, answering telephones, registering campers and collection of various fees, and interacting with a large number of visitors. Volunteers should have a basic understanding of and the ability to use computers. Criminal background check is required.


Program: Dinosaur Valley State Park

Contact Person: Asa Vermeulen

Contact Phone: (254) 897-4588

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Maintenance and Repair opportunites include: Repair Chainlink fencing and gate around historic Zizelmann House; install pipe gates at entry points to the protected habitat area and Laurel Canyon; create and install signs along the recharge trail; and construct wildlife viewing blinds.


Program: Government Canyon State Natural Area

Contact Person: John Koepke

Contact Phone: (210) 688-9055 x2010

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Come one come all! We are looking for volunteers experienced in working with elementary school-aged students or interested in facilitating/creating hands on outdoor education experiences. Come share your passion for the natural world with the next generation! Field trip topics range from geology, wildlife, aquatic science, history, leave no trace, and more!

Have experience with TEKS? Come help us connect the standards with real-world experiences.

Our Interpretive Ranger is seeking volunteers to help write TEKS-based interpretive programs, lead activities, or give general assistance.

Training is provided and required. Spring Field Trips training will take place Saturday February 2nd 2019 at the park. For more information and to register for this opportunity, sign up today!

Field trips will begin in March and continue throughout May. Field trip days are usually Tues-Thurs, 8:30am 12:30pm. Field trips are generally for elementary school aged children, but can sometimes branch up into more advanced grade levels.

In addition to applying here, please send us an email so we can get to know you better. Please include your educational/professional background, what ways you would like to help, and your availability. If you have experience writing curriculum, please let us know! If you don't have any formal experience teaching or working with children, that's ok we ask that you bring your passion, positive attitude, patience, and punctuality.

Passing a criminal background check is required (at no cost to you) in order to qualify for this opportunity.

Thanks for applying to be a Field Trip Hero!


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Kristen Williams

Contact Phone: (512) 243-1643

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Want to continue the legacy?

Formed in December of 1993, The Mother Neff State Park Association (MNSPA) is a non-profit organization that arranges special events, programs, raise funds, and assists with park operations that not only benefit the park, but enhance the visitors' experience. MNSPA elects board members and has a signed memorandum of agreement with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

MNSPA was one of the first state park associations and continues to support the first state park in Texas.


Program: Mother Neff State Park

Contact Person: Jamie Harman

Contact Phone: (254) 853-2389 x221

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Support group of Friends of Inks Lake with firewood sales, recycling, park activities and events.


Program: Inks Lake State Park

Contact Person: Shawn Greene

Contact Phone: (512) 793-2223 x230

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Do you love McKinney Falls State Park? Are you looking for ways to be involved in directly supporting the only State Park in the city of Austin? Join passionate people like you in the Friends of McKinney Falls State Park!

Friends of McKinney Falls is a group of like-minded individuals who work together with Texas Parks and Wildlife in the shared vision of protecting and conserving this natural space for future generations. We want visitors to enjoy the unique experience McKinney Falls has to offer and inspire a lifelong appreciation and respect for nature and the legacy of Texas history.

Our activities include: helping with educational programs, trash clean-up, fundraising, and community outreach, hosting fun events, and more!

Ready to help?

-Register as a volunteer with Texas Park and Wildlife by clicking the Sign Up button to the right.

-Contact Jamie Gillis - Jamie.Gillis@tpwd.texas.gov or
Enola Bowers Cell: 907-388-0519 or friendsofmfsp@gmail.com

- Visit www.mckinneyfalls.org to see upcoming events and meetings.

-You will be subscribed to our monthly newsletter which you can opt-out of at any time.


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Jamie Gillis

Contact Phone: (210) 334-9328

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Do you have a passion for parks? Are you a people person that enjoys a fast paced work environment? Are you looking for a park close to Austin? Apply to be a Front Office Clerk Park Host (Headquarters Host) at McKinney Falls State Park!

All Park Hosts are required to work a minimum of 100 hours per month per campsite. In exchange, you will be authorized to stay in the park for free for the duration of your contract.

Headquarters Park Hosts report for work at the McKinney Falls State Park Headquarters Office. The Headquarters Office is open to the public from 8:30am - 4:30pm (Saturday - Thursday) and then 8:30am - 6:30pm (Friday). The primary schedule for this position is variable. These hours may vary depending on the needs of the park. This position may be required to work holidays and weekends.


Hosts assist Headquarters staff independently collecting entrance fees, checking in campers, answering phones/visitor questions, customer service, and selling store merchandise. Hosts must be willing to assist in emergency situations. This position must be comfortable using computers, doing simple math/handling money, and be able to stand for long periods of time. Bilingual applicants are encouaged to apply.

Hosts must sign up for at least two concurrent months at the park in the same position. Criminal history check required.

Spots Currently Available:
2018
May - 0 spots
June - 1 spot
July - 1 spot
August - 1 spot
September - 1 spot

2019
May - 1 spot
June - 1 spot
July - 1 spot
August - 1 spot
September - 1 spot


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Kristen Williams

Contact Phone: (512) 243-1643

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Details


Do you have a passion for the outdoors and for our natural resources? Have you spent time learning about local cultural history or geology? Would you like to make a lasting impact and difference in a young person's life that they will remember forever?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you may be perfect for the Trails to Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA project we are hosting at Government Canyon SNA. The project is going to bring youth from economically distressed and underserved areas in Bexar County to Govt. Canyon for a basic hike, and learning experiences.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with the events which would be roughly a half day in length and for people with all kinds of experience in the Natural Resources, Wildlife Biology, Geology or History fields or with no experience at all but who have an interest in reaching youth from urban, economically distressed portions of San Antonio who may not have ever been in an outside setting before.

The program will now be occurring mostly during winter and spring. These learning experiences could cover any number of topics regarding conservation including; native plants, recharge zones and aquifers; wildlife; endangered species; current topics in conservation for e.g.., animal sightings at the canyon; Skin and Skulls (a predator vs prey lesson) or Project WILD lessons and others not mentioned here.


We are hoping to have about 10 events for the year with about 30 students at each event. If there were more students, we will divide the lesson/talks/presentation to about 10-15 kids per presentation and rotate them from one to the other so presenters aren’t overwhelmed.


How This Helps Our Community


The focus of this project has been to locate youth from the most urban, economically distressed areas in San Antonio and we will be bringing them out here for field trips. The hope is they can learn and connect with Govt. Canyon SNA; a natural resource area they may not know about.

We hope that this will build a bridge for the well-being of the youth involved and the future of TPWD. At the minimum, we hope that whomever comes out here, will at least take a new, happy or inspirational experience home with them. For more information on the program, you can look at the synopsis of it here: https://trails2tomorrow.wordpress.com/


Program: Government Canyon State Natural Area

Contact Person: Valerie Welch

Contact Phone: (210) 688-9055 x2074

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The Buffalo Soldiers program of Texas Parks and Wildlife has been invited to participate in the Governors Inaugural Parade January 15, 2019 in Austin Texas. If you are interested in being in the parade please sign up for this opportunity. We plan to have soldiers on foot, bike, horseback, and wagons. Opportunities for soldiers, women and children. Past parades have started on Congress near Riverside and march up to the Capitol.


Program: Buffalo Soldiers Heritage & Outreach Program

Contact Person: Luis Padilla

Contact Phone: (512) 389-8569

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this is for USA Level 1 or 2 Archery certification classes


Program: Community Archery Houston

Contact Person: Kendrick Gray

Contact Phone: (346) 236-9278

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Assist with research, development, presentation of a variety of interpretive projects at GCSNA; site specific kids activity book; development of kid themed activity backpacks; development of photo scavenger hunts.


Program: Government Canyon State Natural Area

Contact Person: John Koepke

Contact Phone: (210) 688-9055 x2010

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Lead interpretive tours into Kickapoo Cavern. Must be in good physical condition. Tours are in an underground cave which is rugged and lasts approximantly 2 hours. A Criminal Background Check is required. Must be 21 years of age. Contact park for more information.


Program: Kickapoo Cavern State Park

Contact Person: Alan Crowe

Contact Phone: (830) 563-2342

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Do you have a passion for nature? Do you enjoy working outside? Then volunteering as an Interpretive Volunteer of McKinney Falls State Park is the perfect fit for you. In this role, you can create and lead your own programs, or assist with other programs. Program topics are typically:



  • Guided Hikes (Plant/Tree/Bird ID, etc.)

  • Art in the Park

  • Special Events (Photography, History, Geocaching, etc.)


Positions are available for the weekends, but an occasional week day shift is possible. At a minimum, 3-4 hours of volunteer work per month is required. Please attend a training to learn more!

Volunteers will receive training in interpretation and access to resources and tools to continue to learn about the dynamic natural and cultural resources of the park. **Must sign up to be approved for this opportunity. A criminal background check is required. Minimum age 18 **


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Kristen Williams

Contact Phone: (512) 243-1643

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Park host position at Lake Brownwood State Park.  Duties include keeping cabins and lodges clean, changing linens, checking for maintenance issues, and laundering of dirty linens.  May perform other duties as assigned.

Position includes an RV camping spot in exchange for 24 hours of service per week per campsite.


Program: Lake Brownwood State Park

Contact Person: Kim Delgado

Contact Phone: (325) 784-5223

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Park host position at Lake Brownwood State Park.  Duties include taking care of an assigned camping loop restroom, campsite cleaning, litter pick up, mowing of camping loop, and other maintenance duties as needed.

Position includes RV camping spot in exchanged for 24 hours of service per week per campsite.


Program: Lake Brownwood State Park

Contact Person: Kim Delgado

Contact Phone: (325) 784-5223

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Do you have a passion for parks? Are you good with your hands? Are you looking for a park close to Austin? Apply to be a Maintenance Park Host at McKinney Falls State Park!

All Park Hosts are required to work a minimum of 100 hours per month per campsite. In exchange, you will be authorized to stay in the park for free for the duration of your contract.

Maintenance Park Hosts report for work at the Maintenance Shop. The primary schedule is from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additional hours to meet the 100 hour commitment can be done throughout the week. Schedule may include working holidays. Hosts assist Operations Rangers with daily and special operations projects including restroom cleaning, camp site cleaning, trail litter pick-up, creek clean-up, brush clearing, trail work, facilities maintenance and more. Hosts must be willing to assist in emergency situations. Schedule may change due to park needs.

Hosts must sign up for at least two concurrent months at the park in the same position. Criminal history check required.

If you are interested in Park Hosting for any of the following spots, please send an email to kristen.williams@tpwd.texas.gov with the months you are interested in serving.

Spots Currently Available:
2019
April: 0
May: 0
June: 2
July: 2
August: 1
September: 1




Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Kristen Williams

Contact Phone: (512) 243-1643

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Looking for an opportunity to work outside, gain new skills, and give back to the only state park in Austin, TX? Join our team as a Trail Crew Volunteer!

Trail maintenance experience is a plus but not necessary. We will train you in proper tool usage, trail specifications, and natural resource management.

Our goal is to have a committed group of individuals to service our trails once a month and lead community groups on additional service days in the park as needed.


Trail Days (Third Saturday of each month)

When: 8:30am-12:30pm

Meet: A Ranger at the Playground after obtaining entrance permits at HQ. State that you're a Trail Crew Volunteer and your entry fees will be waived for the day.

Bring: your own non-mechanized hand tools (loppers, rakes, weed cutters) if you have them. We are very limited on our supplies.
Water! Snacks! A backpack! Bug spray! Your own vehicle!

Wear: sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants to protect your legs (like jeans), work gloves, and eye protection (safety goggles).

Leave: dogs/pets/children under the age of 15 years old at home. All minors 15 years or older must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire duration of the event.

Questions? Email Jamie Gillis (jamie.gillis@tpwd.texas.gov) for more information


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Jamie Gillis

Contact Phone: (512) 415-8793

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A great opportunity to host at one of the first state parks in Texas. Openings starting from May 2019.



Park Hosts duties include:


- Customer service by greeting customers and providing
information
- Cleaning of campsites, facilities, and restrooms
- Site checks, meter checks, litter patrol, operating a UTV
- Assist in standard maintenance operations

Depending upon selected applicant's experience, duties might also include:

- Assisting in office operations
- Interpretive activities and events.

- If interested contact Melissa Chadwick 254-717-7260

Criminal Background Check required. Hosts will be provided with a Full Hook-Up (Water/Sewer/Electric) site in exchange for a minimum scheduled work hours per week of 30 (couple) / 25 (single). You must be a minimum of 18 years old to apply.


Program: Mother Neff State Park

Contact Person: Melissa Chadwick

Contact Phone: (254) 853-2389 x224

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Mother Neff State Park is seeking individuals to assist rangers with standard park duties.

Some duties include:

- Maintenance/repair
- Mowing/trimming/cutting
- Construction projects
- Park upkeep such as litter pick-up and campground cleaning
- Assist with park programs/events
- Trail maintenance
- Gardening
- Log splitting and firewood bundling


Program: Mother Neff State Park

Contact Person: Melissa Chadwick

Contact Phone: (254) 853-2389 x223

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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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Are you a night owl? Do you enjoy helping others? Apply to be a Night Host at McKinney Falls State Park!


Night Park Hosts report for work at the Park Headquarters. This shift is 30 hours a week from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Night Host duties include greeting after-hour arriving visitors at the Park Headquarters, contacting visitors, guiding visitors in using the self-pay station, directing visitors to campsites, disseminating information to visitors, and assisting with litter pick-up and restroom cleaning. Hosts must be willing to assist in emergency situations.

Hosts must sign up for at least two concurrent months at the park in the same position. Criminal history check required.

If you have an interest in Park Hosting for any of the months below, please send an email to kristen.williams@tpwd.texas.gov and include the months you're interested in serving with us.

Spots Currently Available:
2019
May - 0 spots
June - 0 spots
July - 1 spot
August - 1 spot
September - 0 spots


Program: McKinney Falls State Park

Contact Person: Kristen Williams

Contact Phone: (512) 243-1643

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Assist park staff with various duties to include: customer service, search and rescue, traffic direction, and general maintenance of grounds and facilities. Criminal History Check is required. Three park host sites 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.


Program: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Contact Person: Mac Freeborn

Contact Phone: (830) 685-3329

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Park Hosts are to assist site staff with the day to day operations of Government Canyon State Natural Area. Duties may include but are not limmited to collecting entry fees from customers at a satelite fee station or Natural Area store, opening the gate in the morning or closing the gate in the evening, routine cleaning, assisting with various maintenance projects from painting to building, and general customer service. Hosts will be provided with a 50/30 Amp Full Hook-Up (Water/Sewer/Electric) at a semi-private site and have access to a free laundry facility and Wi-Fi internet in exchange for a minimum 32 hrs/wk per couple (or 16 hrs/wk per individual). Hosts are asked to work a minimum of two months and cannot stay longer than six months (no more than three months on first tour at Government Canyon).


Program: Government Canyon State Natural Area

Contact Person: Heather Danner

Contact Phone: (210) 688-9055 x2006

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Assist Park Staff with the daily operations which may include: campsite checks, after hours visitor orientation, facility and bathroom cleaning, fire pit clearing,  grounds upkeep and light-duty maintenance projects. This opportunity is available year round. Length of stay 3 months. Host to live on-site with RV space provided including water, electric, and septic. Criminal background check required. Beautiful, quiet setting 10 miles from town.


Program: Hill Country State Natural Area

Contact Person: Leanne Beauxbeannes

Contact Phone: (830) 796-4413

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Lake Whitney is looking for motivated volunteers who enjoy the outdoors! Hosts will assist park staff with the day to day operations of Lake Whitney State Park.



Duties inluded but not limited to: Being available to visitors during assigned shifts, providing excellent visitor information, directing visitors to self pay station, clerical work, roving campsites to invite visitors to interpretive programs and events, daily site checks, light cleaning of restrooms, litter pick up, evening patrols of day-use areas and closing entrance gate. Park Host will also assist park staff with maintenance and resource projects and assist as needed. REQUIREMENTS: ~ Minimum age of 18 ~ Valid driver's license ~ Submission to a Criminal Background Check (CBC) ~ Verification of Insurance


Program: Lake Whitney State Park

Contact Person: Adam Bain

Contact Phone: (254) 694-3793

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Live and work in the beautiful Texas Hill Country! LBJ State Park and Historic Site is located in Stonewall, Texas, about halfway between Johnson City and Fredericksburg on HWY290. We are a day-use only park with no overnight camping. The park is home to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, a swimming pool, part of the Texas Longhorn herd, a bison herd, historic cabins from the 1800s, and 2.5 miles of nature trails. We are located across the Pedernales River from the LBJ Ranch.

Park Hosts can assist in various areas of our operation.

SAUER-BECKMANN LIVING HISTORY FARM:
Farm Park Hosts can assist in a wide variety of areas.

Opportunities include:
-interpretation (including informal visitor contacts, school groups, or formal tours)
-assisting with special events
-cooking over a wood-burning stove
-blacksmithing
-sewing (clothes, aprons, quilts, etc)
-knitting
-gardening
-animal care
-behind the scenes maintenance, organization, administrative, support
-AND MORE!


MAINTENANCE:
Maintenance volunteers help staff keep the park beautiful!

Opportunities include:
-trail maintenance
-painting
-minor repairs
-landscaping & gardening
-carpentry
-plumbing
-AND MORE!

Other projects can vary depending on the park's current needs and the skills of the volunteer.

PARK STORE/VISITOR CENTER
Visitor center volunteers assist our Customer Service team with desk & park store operations.

Opportunities include:
-customer service
-interpretation
-decorating
-inventory & tagging of goods
-organization
-AND MORE!



In exchange for 24 hours per week per site, Park Hosts are given a full hook up RV site. Hosts generally work three days per week. We require a two month minimum stay, preferred three month stay. There may be times where circumstances will require additional hours (during special events, for example).

***Please note that ALL park hosts that will host any time between September 2017 and August 2018 will be required to assist with car counter surveys. These will be included within your 24 hour work week but will fall outside of the hours of park operation.***

We currently have the following availability:
May - September 2018
April - December 2019

When you sign up for this opportunity, please e-mail Nina Cardenas (nina.cardenas@tpwd.texas.gov) with the months you are interested in and which area you would prefer to volunteer in.


Program: LBJ State Park & Historic Site (includes Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm)

Contact Person: Nina Cardenas

Contact Phone: (830) 644-2252 x224

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