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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [TH]
Aug. 6, 2007
Texas State Parks Seek Qualified Job Applicants
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking qualified applicants to fill about 200 new employee positions in Texas State Parks. Thanks to recent appropriations by the Texas Legislature, this is the first major infusion of new staffing for state parks in many years.
Texas State Parks will be filling new positions at dozens of sites across the state in September and October. Each position will be advertised independently throughout August and September on the TPWD Web site. The closing deadline to apply for jobs will vary by position, so applicants need to check the Web site on a regular basis for new job postings and closing dates.
Some job openings are entry level positions for which many people might qualify. But most of the state park jobs require special skills and experience, so applicants need to look closely at the job descriptions to make sure they qualify before applying.
"We're looking for people who are really excited about helping take care of some of the most special places in our state, folks who are interested in a long-term career with Texas State Parks," said Walt Dabney, TPWD state parks director. "We're looking for a broad spectrum of skills for different kinds of jobs, ranging from people with strong maintenance skills to help repair facilities, folks with the ability to explain and interpret park natural resources and history for visitors, and experienced professionals who can help manage and administer these sites, just to cite a few examples."
Types of positions include Park Specialists (Interpreters, Park Police Officers, Resource Management; Park Superintendent Trainees, Park Superintendents), Program Specialists (Regional Law Enforcement Coordinators, Regional Natural Resource Specialists, Regional Cultural Resource Specialists), Architects, an Interpretation & Exhibits Planner, Park Rangers (Maintenance, Utility Plant Operators, Interpreters), Maintenance Assistants, Maintenance Technicians, Administrative Assistants, Clerks, and Food Service Workers.
Applicants must submit a completed State of Texas job application separately for each position of interest. Copies of application will be accepted as long as the different posting number and location preference is identified.
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Aug. 6, 2007
Texas Parks & Wildlife Now On-demand at MyOutdoorTV.com
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has taken another step to spread the word that "Life's Better Outside." On July 25, the award-winning Texas Parks & Wildlife television show began streaming through MyOutdoorTV.com, the world's largest internet video network for outdoor television shows, radio, video, and conservation information.
Texas Parks & Wildlife becomes one of the nation's first state wildlife agencies to offer its weekly television series to a broader audience as part of this powerful new forum developed to promote hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, and natural resource opportunities across the country. The new affiliation with MyOutdoorTV.com will allow on-demand viewing worldwide by anyone with a high-speed internet connection.
Passport to Texas, TPWD's daily 90-second radio series produced and hosted by Cecilia Nasti also can be heard on MyOutdoorTV.com, which joined more than 100 other affiliates in May. The shows, available on-demand, cover hiking to hunting and conservation to camping and everything in between.
MyOutdoorTV.com has created a special section within its site called "State Explorer" which will provide video from various states and links to each state wildlife agency. The section will include weekly programming, educational videos, safety instruction, wildlife and waterways law enforcement information, and other useful materials. Hunters and anglers will even be able to purchase licenses through MyOutdoorTV.com or make donations to the wildlife agency.
Shows and materials provided by TPWD will also be included and available for search from topical sections on the MyOutdoorTV.com website, such as deer and turkey hunting, bass fishing, and wild game cooking. Users of MyOutdoorTV.com will be able to view current as well as previous episodes of Texas Parks & Wildlife. In addition, videos produced by the Texas agency, including two narrated by Walter Cronkite that examine the state's water resources, will be accessible through MyOutdoorTV.com.
Each week, the half-hour Texas Parks & Wildlife travels to several different locations around the state, covering such diverse topics as conservation and the environment, fun family activities in the outdoors, visits to state parks and historic sites, fishing, wildlife management and much more. The show airs on PBS stations in Texas, as well as in a number of other public television markets around the country. Through 2006, the show had won at least 70 awards for excellence.
MyOutdoorTV.com will include the agency in marketing activities for the site, including TV, radio, print and online advertising and promotions. The agency will provide a link on its website to view programming at MyOutdoorTV.com and provide articles in its monthly magazine.
"We're very impressed with the outstanding quality of Texas Parks & Wildlife, and we're excited that a program of its caliber is one of the first state-sponsored shows to be aired on MyOutdoorTV.com," said Chris Moise, CEO. "Texas truly has a bounty of resources to share with the world, and we are honored to be able to extend their reach to our audience."
"We're proud of our state's resources and excited to showcase Texas through this partnership with MyOutdoorTV.com," said Richard Roberts, executive producer of Texas Parks & Wildlife. "With more and more people accessing news and entertainment through the internet, this is the ideal vehicle for expanding our audience worldwide."
MyOutdoorTV.com is the world's largest online video network for outdoor TV programming, currently streaming over 70 shows on the shooting sports, fishing and boating. In addition, it hosts radio shows, outdoor videos, and the new "State Explorer" section.
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Aug. 6, 2007
South Texas Wildlife Conference Set Aug. 29-30
COTULLA, Texas -- The 11th South Texas Wildlife Conference will be held here at the A.B. Alexander Convention Center Aug. 29-30. The two-day event, which presents an opportunity to hear from a wide range of authorities in wildlife research and management, should be of interest to all sportsmen, landowners and wildlife managers.
The conference is sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and the Texas Wildlife Association.
Early registration is $25 before Aug. 15 and $40 thereafter and forms are available online at www.texas-wildlife.org. For more information contact Jenny Sanders at 361-279-7287 or email jsanders@twa-mail.org.
Conference highlights include presentations and a panel discussion on wildlife policy affecting landowners, including issues such as land trusts and conservation easements, oil and gas surface rights, and a preview of the next legislative session. An evening social and dinner will conclude the opening day schedule.
The second day will feature several segments focusing on wildlife topics relating to quail, white-tailed deer and habitat management. Presentations and panel discussions will offer attendees a chance to gain insights from distinguished experts on policies and emerging issues that impact Texas habitat resources

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Aug. 6, 2007
Hunting, Fishing Licenses Go On Sale Aug. 15
AUSTIN, Texas -- New hunting and fishing licenses for 2007-08 will be available beginning Wednesday, Aug. 15, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is encouraging hunters to buy early and avoid the rush heading into the Sept. 1 dove season opener.
TPWD officials are reminding sportsmen that all current annual hunting and fishing licenses expire Aug. 31.
Texas issues 3.2 million hunting and fishing licenses annually through 28 TPWD field offices, more than 100 state parks and at over 1,400 retailers across Texas.
License vendors are bracing for an anticipated last-minute license buying surge that typically occurs during the Labor Day holiday weekend, particularly along the I-35 corridor where many dove hunters descend.
"If you wait until the Friday before the dove season opener, you're probably going to be standing in line to buy a license," said Tom Newton with TPWD's licensing section. "Last year, we sold nearly 350,000 licenses during the four-day period around the opening weekend of dove season. It takes an average of five minutes to process a license sale transaction, so it's likely there will be delays if you wait til the last minute."
Newton said a little planning could save hunters a lot of time in the checkout line. "It's like planning your morning commute; you can sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic or you can leave early and breeze through. We average less than 20,000 license transactions a day during the two weeks prior to the dove season opener and five or six times that number on the days around opening weekend."
"Hunters who need to purchase a license at the last minute or those who don't want to stand in line have a couple of options," said Newton. "They can also purchase licenses online through the TPWD web site (http://tpwd.texas.gov/) or by calling (800) 895-4248. There is a $5 convenience fee for either option and a major credit card is required."
License sales call center hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday -- Friday. The online transaction system is available 24/7.
"We sold about 13,000 licenses online and by phone during the peak sales weekend last year," Newton said. "We'd like to steer more of the traffic to the call center and Internet during the peak volume periods."