Volunteering in Texas State Parks

Volunteers cleaning up at a parkVolunteers play a vital role in the con­ser­vation and stewardship of Texas’ natural and cultural resources. Get involved today to help keep Texas State Parks beautiful, accessible and fun for current and future generations.

Search for volunteer opportunities or contact your park's volunteer coordinator.

Help wanted

We use volunteers with various skills and interests in parks all over the state. We have short-term, long-term and one-time opportunities. Learn how you can use your skills and passion to give back to the land, resources and parks you love!

Park hosts

Park hosts serve as representatives and stewards of Texas State Parks. They provide support to the park and infor­ma­tion to park visitors. Hosts help with fee collection, light maintenance, visitor edu­cation and campground upkeep. Jobs vary based on park needs.

Live, learn and serve in the park! Learn more about< park hosting.

State Park Friends Groups 

park volunteer demonstrating how to start a fireFriends groups are volunteer-led, mem­ber­ship-based nonprofit partners that support a park through volun­teering, fund­raising and public education. Friends groups also serve as an important link to the local community.

Check our list of State Park Friends Groups and Support Organizations. If you don’t see a group for your favorite park, contact the park manager to learn how to form a group.

Special event volunteers

Help park staff with clean-up projects, educational events, holiday activities and outdoor programs. Duties vary by event, but may include crowd control, set-up and clean-up, and overseeing activities.

If your troop, class, club, office or com­munity group wants to organize a volunteer event, contact your local park.

Office administration volunteers

Provide clerical support to park or head­quarters staff. You’ll collect fees, greet guests, and help with data entry or filing.

Environmental restoration and maintenance volunteers 

Group of young people holding shovels and other toolsHelp pre­serve and pro­tect the nat­u­ral re­sour­ces of Texas State Parks and create a welcoming and safe park.

Environmental restoration volunteers 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 helping with minor con­struc­tion projects. 

Outreach and education volunteers 

Inform and inspire park visitors and grow the next generation of park stewards through community outreach, education and out­door programs. These volunteers provide tours, lead guided hikes, teach nature and history, and more as part of these programs:

  • Buffalo Soldiers bring history to life with stories, costumes and tools.
  • State Park Ambassadors are young adults who use their interests, skills and creativity to draw new visitors to parks.
  • Texas Outdoor Family introduces families to camping. Volunteers help with nature hikes, kayaking, fishing, camping gear distribution, safety, and more.

Join the volunteer team!

As a volunteer, you will be part of a passionate team working to man­age and conserve Texas' natural and cultural resources. We provide orientation and training and you learn new skills!

Requirements

Volunteers under 16 must be accom­panied by a guardian.

You must meet the requirements of the opening to which you apply. 

Apply

Volunteer in park uniform helping woman and child with GPS unit.

Thank you for caring about Texas’ wild things and wild places. They need you now more than ever!

For more information, contact:

State Parks Volunteer Program Manager
Email: Volunteer@tpwd.texas.gov
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: (512) 389-8674