The Texas State Parks Ambassador Program will accept applications for the Central and West Texas regions from Mar. 2, 2020 through Apr. 6, 2020.
The required Ambassador Leadership Training will be held May 22 through May 26, 2020, at South Llano River State Park. The Central and West Texas Ambassadors will serve their State Parks from Jun. 1 through Dec. 1, 2020.
To connect conservation-minded young adults (ages 18-30) with recreation and volunteer opportunities to foster a new generation of State Park stewards.
Becoming an Ambassador
Applications open three times a year based on State Park regions:
- Summer: Panhandle and North Texas
- Winter: South and East Texas
- Spring: Central and West Texas
The first step is to complete your application. We then conduct a match making process with regional park staff to pair applicants with one of the State Parks they have requested. The top candidates are selected for an interview and a final group are selected to the attend the Ambassador Leadership Training and begin their partnership with a nearby State Park to complete 40 hours of hands-on service, community outreach, and social media projects over the course of six months.
- Must be a current Texas resident, and preferably live in the same region as the State Park you are applying for.
- Must be between 18-30 and a high school graduate.
- Must have reliable transportation.
- Must be able to fully attend the five-day Ambassador Leadership Training Adventure
- Must be able to commit 40 hours over six months to complete the required projects.
Ambassador Leadership Training Adventure
Ambassadors are welcomed to the program and prepared for a successful partnership during this five-day regional training at a Texas State Park. New Ambassadors participate in sessions on leadership, outdoor recreation, Leave No Trace, and Texas Parks and Wildlife programming. All fees are covered by the Ambassador Program with the exception of personal travel expenses. Additionally, essential gear (sleeping pads, tents, backpacks, etc.) can be provided if needed.
Participants will be responsible for:
- Transportation to and from the training
- Breakfast and lunch
An essential component the Ambassador Program is to serve your park by completing at least one project in each of the following areas.
The needs of each park vary, so use the following as a general guide:
- Hands-On Service – Support your State Park by improving current structures or environments.
Examples: trail maintenance, building park benches or tables, invasive species removal, mending infrastructure, painting signs, repairing bird blinds, organizing a clean-up event
- Community Outreach – Share information about your State Park with the public.
Examples: tabling at an outdoor event, assisting with a park program, speaking at a local school, creating a useful flyer for the visitor center
- Social Media – Use various social media platforms to promote your State Park.
Examples: creating an Instagram account for your park, hosting a Facebook live trail walk, blogging about park events, taking 360° photos of the park for TPWD
Upcoming application periods:
- Central and West Texas: Mar. 2, – Apr. 6, 2020
- Panhandle and North Texas: Aug. 24 – Sept. 28, 2019
- South and East Texas: Dec. 14. 2019 – Jan. 29, 2021
If you have questions, please e-mail the Ambassador program or call Louisa Torrance, Ambassador Program Coordinator, at (512) 389-8572.
Photo gallery of some of the Texas State Park Ambassadors at our parks.