Texas Parks & Wildlife Park Ranger I (Park Interpreter) in Houston, Texas

Under the direction of the Park Superintendent and daily direction of Lead Interpreter, this position is responsible for interpretation and educational programming at Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center. Conducts tours, programs and assists with development of exhibits and interpretive programming. Maintains programs and partnerships to enhance the site and operations. Assists with the maintenance and cleaning of park buildings, grounds and the park's trail system. Operates vehicles, mowers, and all hand and power tools. Assists Lead Interpreter with work assignments of volunteers and interns assigned to interpretive and outreach programs. Promotes conservation and stewardship of natural and cultural resources and assist with removal of non-native/invasive vegetation. Provides information to park visitors and general public. 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.


Qualification Guidelines:


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree. Experience*:*

  • No experience required. Licensure:

  • If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid class "C" Texas driver's license. ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTIONS: Education:

  • 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. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Education:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Park Administration, Recreation and Parks, Wildlife/Fish Science, Natural and/or Cultural Resource Conservation, Range Management, Anthropology/Archeology, History or closely related field. Experience:

  • Experience in customer service;

  • Experience in park operations;
  • Experience in interpretation or conducting educational programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of interpretation/education programs and techniques and special events;
  • Knowledge to develop, implement, manage, publicize and evaluate related interpretive programs;
  • Knowledge of natural and cultural resource management and conservation principles;
  • Knowledge of social media programming for marketing and outreach;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Skill in developing and presenting accurate and creative guided tours, educational, and interpretive programs to audiences of all ages;
  • Skill in the use of hand and power tools, chainsaws, mowers and other mechanical equipment;
  • 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 managing several projects simultaneously;
  • Skill in making independent, sound and timely decisions;
  • Ability to develop, market, promote, and carry out activities, customer programs, public outreach, and special events;
  • Ability to conduct customer surveys for program quality;
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Ability to maintain flexibility and work with frequent interruptions and multiple changing priorities;
  • Ability to develop and maintain professional internal and external partnerships to accomplish park goals;
  • Ability to create and complete various documents, such as correspondence, reports, presentations and special assignments;
  • Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting of supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.;
  • Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.

Additional Information:


  • Required to work 40 hours per week, 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;
  • May be required to work in non-climate controlled buildings;
  • Required to work in and around natural outdoor pests such as insects, animals and poisonous plants;
  • 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 10% with possible overnight stays;
  • Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: In order to be considered for this position, the following information is required:

  • Submittal of a completed online application;

  • Work history experience MUST be completed in the online application;
  • A scanned copy of official college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be attached to the online application (if applicable);
  • Applicants must attach a DD214 or other supporting documentation to the online application to claim Veterans Preference. NOTE: Resume and professional references may be attached to the online application, but not in place of the completed application. A skills test may be conducted at time of interview.

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Job Posting #: 17-00054

Job Title: Park Ranger I (Park Interpreter)

Closing Date/Time: Mon. 11/07/16 11:59 PM Central Time

Salary: $3,075.00 Monthly

Job Type: Regular Full Time

Location: Houston, Texas

Work Address: Sheldon State Park, 14140 Garrett Road, Houston, TX 77044

Hiring Contact: Kelley Morris, (281) 456-2800

Division: State Parks