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TPWD - Park Ranger I (Interpreter)

San Angelo, Texas, US
Closing date
Aug 12, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
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Employment Type
Full time
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Job Description


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,


VETERAN'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

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: Carey "Butch" Street, (325) 277-6348

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: San Angelo State Park, 3900 Mercedes Street, San Angelo, TX 76901


The park is located near a city with a population of over 100,000.

Under the direction of the Assistant Park Superintendent, this position performs routine (journey-level) operations work in a state park. This position is responsible for developing and providing interpretive and educational programs for all ages and backgrounds, with emphasis on natural and cultural resource stewardship and outdoor skills. Conducts programs to include guided hikes, evening presentations, school programs, special events, virtual programming, and other programs as needed and/or assigned by the Park Superintendent. Assists with park diversity and inclusion efforts through public outreach. Assists with the preservation, protection, operation, and management of the Longhorn and Bison Herds located at San Angelo State Park. Support visitor services by operating the gatehouse including camping and day use registration, license sales, and dissemination of information on a variety of topics to park visitors. Will work with the Assistant Park Superintendent to recruit for and supervise the volunteer program. Will be responsible for posting all events on the park's web-based calendar of events and social media channels operated by the park. Assist in maintenance of equipment, building and grounds as needed. Trains new employees on the interpretive topics of the park as needed. Responsible for submitting daily, weekly, and monthly reports as necessary. Predominately works independently to accomplish the goals of the site and must exercise good judgement and self-motivation. 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 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 in Park Administration, Recreation & Parks, Wildlife/Fisheries Science, Natural and/or Cultural Resource Conservation, Range Management, Biology, Anthropology/Archeology, Education, History, or other closely related field.


Two years customer service experience;

One year experience in interpretation or conducting educational programs or public speaking;

Experience in public program/event development;

Experience working with diverse audiences;

Experience in public relations;

Experience with marketing and promotions including social media;

Experience in range management practices;

Experience working with animal husbandry;


Knowledge of interpretive methods and techniques;

Knowledge of working with diverse audiences and age groups;

Knowledge of general office procedures;

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures;

Knowledge of general maintenance;

Knowledge of basic mathematics;

Knowledge of social media basics;

Knowledge of livestock operations methods, procedures and principles;

Knowledge of large animal management;

Knowledge of cultural and natural resource management practices;

Skill in using MS Word, Excel, and Outlook;

Skill in effective verbal and written communication;

Skill in public speaking;

Skill in making public presentations;

Skill in providing interpretive presentations, demonstrations, and interpretive writing;

Skill in teaching techniques;

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

Skill in planning, assigning and/or supervising the work of others;

Skill in making independent, sound, and timely decisions;

Skill in working with diverse age groups and cultures;

Skill in general maintenance;

Skill in training others;

Skill in posting appropriate content to various social media channels;

Skill in the operation and maintenance of livestock related equipment;

Skill in handling cattle and/or bison;

Ability to work with diverse groups and various age ranges;

Ability to manage multiple priorities;

Ability to utilize social media and post appropriate content;

Ability to work in a fast paced environment;

Ability to bring outreach programs to schools, clubs, and organizations of different ages and interests;

Ability to resolve conflicts or disputes with customers, employees, and volunteers;

Ability to communicate clearly both written and verbally;

Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;

Ability to work as a member of a team;

Ability to work under stressful conditions;

Ability to develop and maintain professional relationships and partnerships with a wide variety of groups interested in the Longhorn program and Texas history;

Ability to represent the park in a positive manner as needed at media and outreach events;

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 including weekends, and various schedules with hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and with days off other than Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays;

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

Required to operate a state vehicle;

Required to travel 10% with possible overnight stays;

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

Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.

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