Park Interpreter | Needville, TX

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department - Park Ranger I (Park Interpreter)  (00031027)


Primary Location: Texas-Needville

Work Locations: SP-Brazos Bend SP 21901 FM 762, Needville TX 77461

Schedule: Full-time

Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Salary (Pay Basis): 3,367.25 - 3,367.25 (Monthly)

Number of Openings: 1

Overtime Status: Non-exempt

Job Posting: Mar 6, 2023, 11:40:19 AM

Closing Date: Mar 20, 2023, 11:59:00 PM




To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


PLEASE NOTE:  All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment (month/year) and hours worked per week, name of employer, supervisor's name and phone number and a description of duties performed. If this information is not submitted, your application will be considered incomplete. Applications with “See attached" or "See resume" will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.  Omission of data can be the basis for disqualification; you may state ‘unknown’ for any incomplete fields. If education is used to meet the minimum requirements of the job posting, a copy of a college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be provided if you are selected for an interview.


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Texas Parks and Wildlife offers a variety of benefits for employees such as Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Paid Holiday time, Group Insurance, Retirement, and Training and Staff Development Opportunities.  Other benefits include longevity pay, merit salary increases, deferred compensation, flexible benefits plans, a 401K retirement plan, direct deposit for paychecks, telework, staggered work hours, Employee Assistance Program and a Return to Work Program. Click HERE to view our Benefits page.


FOR NEW HIRES/REHIRES:  Health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period.


TO APPLY:  Application must be completed at:


HIRING CONTACT:  Jim Cisneros, (979) 553-5101 Ext. 0


PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS:  TPWD - Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762, Needville, TX  77461



Under the supervision of the Brazos Bend State Park Assistant Superintendent, the Park Interpreter will be responsible for routine (journey-level) operations work in a state park including interpretation and educational programming and act as the team leader for organizing, planning and directing volunteer activities and special programs/events at Brazos Bend State Parks.  Researches, develops, and provides interpretive programs, exhibits, outreach programs and tours based on the Interpretive Master Plan of the complex and its mission.  Assist the volunteer coordinator in recruiting, training, and has daily oversight of volunteers. Serves as social media manager. Provides administrative support duties including promotion, marketing and purchasing. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.  Performs additional duties as assigned.  Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.





Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree.



No experience required.



If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid State driver’s license;


Must possess or be able to obtain, within one year of employment, the National Association of Interpretation (NAI) CIG Certification.


NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required license and certification.




One year of experience in interpretation or conducting educational programs may substitute for 30 hours of the required education, with a maximum substitution of 120 semester hours.




Graduation  from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas: Park Administration, Recreation & Parks, Wildlife/Fisheries Science, Natural and/or Cultural Resource Conservation, Range Management, Forestry, Biology, Anthropology/Archeology, History, or closely related field.



Experience in customer service;

Experience in park operations;

Experience in interpretation or conducting educational programs.



Current Interpretive Guide Certification issued by the National Association of Interpretation (NAI).


Additional Requirements:

Bilingual in English and any one or more of the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic or American Sign Language.



Knowledge of park administration and operations;

Knowledge of natural and cultural resource management;

Knowledge of interpretation/education programs;

Knowledge of creating and presenting virtual interpretative programs to include filming and editing final product;

of knowledge resulting from a development of basic abilities through formal training and practical experience)

Skill in using MS Word, Excel, and Outlook;

Skill in effective written and verbal communication;

Skill in providing quality customer service in a courteous and professional manner;

Skill in managing several projects simultaneously;

Skill in preparing and delivering accurate, creative interpretive programs for both adults and children;

Skill in training others;

Skill in supervising and evaluating the performance of volunteers and organizing their work schedule;

Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;

Skill in creating and presenting virtual interpretative programs to include filming and editing final product;

Ability to complete documents to include correspondence, reports, presentations and special assignments;

Ability to work with diverse constituencies and populations;

Ability to exercise sound judgment when making critical decisions;

Ability to develop and maintain beneficial relationships with civic groups, volunteers, community members and staff;

Ability to develop, market, promote, and carry out activities, customer programs, public outreach, and special events; 

Ability to develop partnerships to accomplish goals;

Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;

Ability to work as a member of a team;

Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.; 

Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.




Required to work in a public park with overnight camping;

Required to work 40 hours per week, includes various schedules with hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and days off other than Saturdays, Sundays and holidays; 

Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;

Required to perform physical abilities such as manually clearing burn lanes, extinguishing fires and cutting brush and timber;

Required to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;

May be required to operate a State vehicle;

Required to travel 5% with possible overnight stays;

Must conform  to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules and safety standards;

Non-smoking work environment in State buildings and vehicles.