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Park Ranger I

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Presidio ,  Texas

Under the direction of the Big Bend Ranch State Park and Fort Leaton State Historic Site Superintendents, this position is responsible for developing and implementing interpretive programs and outreach activities for both sites. Manages the front desk and all aspects of visitor services including camping and day use registration, gift shop sales, and recruits for and supervises the volunteer program. Develops and implements interpretive programs with emphasis on Cultural and Natural Resource protection and preservation and educational programs for all ages. Responsible for supplying and disseminating information on Texas Parks & Wildlife, Big Bend Ranch State Park, and interpretive programs to the general public. Communicates with all units of the Big Bend Ranch Complex, Region 1, and Austin Headquarters about public events at Big Bend Ranch State Park and Fort Leaton SHS. Conducts and oversees programs to include evening and weekend presentations, tours, and other programs as needed and assigned by the Park Superintendents. Assists in the maintenance of equipment, buildings and grounds as needed. Trains and supervises docents and volunteers. Trains new employees as needed. Responsible for submitting daily, weekly, and monthly reports as necessary. 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.


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, Forestry, Biology, Anthropology/Archeology, History, or closely related field.


  • Experience in customer service;
  • Experience in park operations;
  • Experience in interpretation or conducting educational programs;
  • Experience working with the public.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of natural and cultural resource management and conservation principles;
  • Knowledge of interpretation/education programs;
  • Knowledge of volunteer program oversight and management;
  • Knowledge of park administration and operations;
  • Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in making public presentations;
  • Skill in making independent, sound and timely decisions;
  • Skill in providing quality customer service in a courteous and professional manner;
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;
  • Skill in developing marketing and promotional activities and special events;
  • Skill in managing multiple priorities;
  • Skill in completing reports;
  • Skill in training others;
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;
  • Ability to prioritize operations at multiple sites;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Ability to plan, assign, and /or supervise the work of volunteers;
  • Ability to operate and maintain financial systems, purchasing, revenue collections, gift shop sales and concessions, inventories, and agency property;
  • Ability to carry out public and employee safety programs;
  • Ability to prepare and execute accurate, creative interpretive and educational exhibits and programs for both adults and children;
  • Ability to maintain vehicles, facilities, grounds and equipment;
  • 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 40 hours per week with hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with days off other than Saturday, Sunday and holidays as needed;
  • High visitation public park with overnight camping;
  • Required to respond to emergency on call situations;
  • Required to adjust to changing schedules;
  • Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
  • 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;
  • Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules and safety procedures;
  • Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.


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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