Volunteers play a vital role in the conservation and stewardship of Texas’ natural and cultural resources. By getting involved today, you can help keep Texas State Parks beautiful, accessible and fun for current and future generations.
Opportunities are available in parks throughout the state for volunteers with varying skills and interests. We have short-term, long-term and one-time opportunities. For a list of opportunities and to apply, go to the Volunteer for Texas Parks and Wildlife web page.
Here are the most common volunteer opportunities:
- Parks Hosts represent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by greeting the public and supporting staff in the day-to-day functions of the park. Hosts assist with a variety of tasks, including fee collection, light maintenance, visitor education and campground upkeep. Host responsibilities will vary based on park needs. More information on the Park Host Program.
- State Park Friends Groups and Support Organizations are volunteer-led, membership-based nonprofit support groups. These groups work on behalf of park sites to assist with daily programs, special events, fundraising and public education. They also serve as an important link to local communities and park user groups. Partnerships between TPWD and support organizations allow us to utilize the skills, contacts and resources of private citizens and businesses to enhance state parks and to provide services that may not otherwise be available. Check our List of active State Park Friends Groups and Support Organizations. If no group is listed for your favorite park, contact the park manager to see how you can help form a group.
- Visitor Education Volunteers (interpretative service volunteers, docents and tour guides) share information about the cultural, natural and recreational resources of the park. This is perfect for volunteers who enjoy public speaking and sharing their passions with others. Volunteers may assist with or lead guided tours, school group activities or educational programs. Volunteers receive training on relevant material and tour techniques.
- Special Event Volunteers assist park staff with special events. Special events include clean-up projects, educational events, holiday activities and outdoor activities. Duties will vary depending on the event, but may include crowd control, set-up and clean-up, and overseeing activities. If you are interested in a one-time or short-term activity, look for these opportunities.
- Environmental Restoration and Maintenance Volunteers help preserve and protect the natural resources of Texas State Parks and create a welcoming and useable park for visitors. Environmental restoration volunteers help plant native species and remove exotic and invasive plants while learning the fundamentals of resource management. Maintenance volunteers work with park staff to maintain trails and park grounds by trimming brush, removing trash, mowing and assisting with minor construction projects. We provide training on tree pruning, equipment use, and other essential maintenance activities.
- Outreach And Education Volunteers help grow the next generation of park visitors through community outreach programs and outdoor educational programs in parks. Programs include Texas Outdoor Families, Buffalo Soldiers and Ambassadors. We provide training.
- Office Administration Volunteers provide clerical support to park or headquarters staff. Volunteers assist with fee collection, greeting guests, data entry or filing.
For opportunities and to apply, go to the Volunteer for Texas Parks and Wildlife web page.
If you need help navigating the page and applying, check out this How to Apply Online to Volunteer - Info Sheet.
Thank you for caring about Texas’ wild things and wild places. They need you now more than ever!
If you are having difficulty accessing the online application, please contact:
Statewide Volunteer Program Manager - State Parks
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Rd.
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: (512) 389-8674