Park Ranger I | Somerville, TX

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TPWD - Park Ranger I (Park Interpreter/Volunteer Coordinator) (00029215) 


Primary Location: Texas-Somerville 

Work Locations: SP-Lake Somerville SP-Birch 

14222 Park Road 57 

 Somerville 77879


Job: Life, Physical, and Social Science 

Employee Status: Regular 

Schedule: Full-time Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00 

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time 

State Job Code: 2640  

Salary Admin Plan: B 

Grade: 14  

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

Number of Openings: 1 

Overtime Status: Non-exempt 

Job Posting: Jan 5, 2023, 4:47:12 PM 

Closing Date: Jan 19, 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. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THROUGH WORK IN TEXAS:  Work In Texas (WIT) applicants must complete the supplemental questions to be considered for the posting. To complete the supplemental questions go to CAPPS Recruit to register or login. CAPPS Recruit,  MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY CODES can be found at’S PREFERENCE:  If you choose to claim veteran’s employment preference including surviving spouse or orphan of a veteran as outlined by the State of Texas, you must attach a DD214 at the time your application is submitted. If you have questions regarding this requirement, please visit our Veteran’s Hiring Reference page at 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: CONTACT:  Chris Bishop, (979) 535-7763PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS:  TPWD Birch Creek – Lake Somerville State Park Complex, 14250 Park Road 57, Somerville, TX 77879GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

NOTE (1):  Lake Somerville State Park Complex has superlative landscape and wildlife viewing opportunities and outdoor recreational opportunities within a two-hour drive from Houston.

NOTE (2):  This is an opportunity to join a high-perfoming, mission-driven team in serving Texans through stewardship, service, excellence, integrity, and teamwork.

Performs routine (journey-level) operations work in a state park.  Under the direction of the Lake Somerville Complex Superintendent and daily direction of the Birch Creek State Park Site Superintendent, this position is responsible for interpretation and educational programming and assists with organizing, planning, and directing volunteer activities and special programs/events at the Lake Somerville State Park Complex, including Birch Creek and Nails Creek 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.  Assists with recruiting, training, and oversight of volunteer program.  Serves as social media manager and as liaison for park support group.  Provides administrative support duties including promotion, marketing, and purchasing.  Assists with natural and cultural resource management which may include participating in prescribed fires.  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.



Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid class "C" Texas driver's license.

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




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 or higher in Park Administration, Recreation and Parks, Wildlife/Fisheries Science, Natural and/or Cultural Resource Conservation, Range Management, Forestry, Biology, Geology, Anthropology/Archeology, History, or closely related field.



Experience in customer service;

Experience in park operations;

Experience in interpretation or conducting educational programs.



Bilingual in English and Spanish.



Knowledge of natural and cultural resources management;

Knowledge of special event planning and implementation;

Knowledge of basic mathematics;

Knowledge of park operations and maintenance practices;

Knowledge of the principles of park administration;

Knowledge of methods of interpretation and education;

Knowledge of standard financial and business management principles;

Knowledge of the fundamentals of natural and cultural resource management;

Skill in using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook;

Skill in effective verbal and written communication;

Skill in effective interpretive techniques, program preparation, and presentations;

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

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

Skill in planning, organizing, and implementing public presentations and guided tours for various age groups;

Skill in managing diverse groups;

Skill in general maintenance techniques;

Skill in general maintenance techniques;

Ability to work as a member of a team;

Ability to accurately handle cash and account for revenue collected;

Ability to issue permits;

Ability to work well with diverse groups and age ranges;

Ability to maintain flexibility and work with frequent interruptions and multiple changing priorities;

Ability to train others;

Ability to survey customers for program quality;

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 and day use;

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;

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

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

Required to travel 5% with possible overnight stays;

May be required to operate a State vehicle;

Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.