Natural Resources Specialist I-II-III (Special Projects Coordinator)

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Austin, Texas

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details 3,649.17 - 5,546.80 (Monthly)
Deadline Jul 23, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

TPWD - Natural Resources Specialist I-II-III (Special Projects Coordinator) (00043068) 


Primary Location: Texas-Austin 

Work Locations: 

DW-TPWD Headquarters 

4200 Smith School Road 

 Austin 78744

Job: Management 

Employee Status: Regular 

Schedule: Full-time Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00 

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time 

State Job Code: 2682 2683, 2684 

Salary Admin Plan: B 

Grade: 16 18, 20 

Salary (Pay Basis): 3,649.17 - 5,546.80 (Monthly) 

Number of Openings: 1 

Overtime Status: Exempt 

Job Posting: Jul 2, 2024, 8:33:45 AM 

Closing Date: Jul 23, 2024, 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.


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. 

Job history and volunteer experience should be listed in the work history section of the application to receive credit towards meeting the minimum requirements.  Part-time experience credit is prorated based on the duration and hours worked per week.  Please indicate hours worked for part-time/temporary/seasonal experience. 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, https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en  


Job Classification


Military Specialty

Natural Resources Specialist I-V



Natural Resources Specialist I-V


AG, 180X, 680X

Natural Resources Specialist I-V

Coast Guard


Natural Resources Specialist I-V

Marine Corps

6842, 6862, 6802, 8831

Natural Resources Specialist I-V

Air Force

1W0X1, 9S100, 15WX

*More information on military occupational specialty codes can be found below:

https://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/MOC/ https://hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MilitaryCrosswalkGuide.pdf


If you choose to claim military employment preference as outlined by the State of Texas, you must complete the Military Employment Preference Survey and attach this form and required documentation referenced on this form at the time your application is submitted.

If you have questions regarding this requirement, please visit our Military Employment Reference page at https://tpwd.texas.gov/jobs/veterans/

Required forms that will need to be attached with application for Military Employment Preference:

  • Veteran- DD214 showing honorable discharge.
  • Surviving spouse of a veteran who has not remarried- Marriage Certificate and DD Form 1300 or appropriate documentation.
  • Orphan of a veteran killed while on active duty- Birth Certificate and DD Form 1300 or appropriate documentation.
  • Spouse of a member of the US Armed Forces/Texas National Guard serving on Active Duty- Marriage Certificate and copy of spouses active duty military orders.
  • Spouse of a veteran with disability and is the primary income for household- Marriage Certificate, Veterans DD214, and VA Benefits Summary Letter showing disability rating.

Documentation must be attached to the application before military preference can be granted.


Texas Parks and Wildlife offers a variety of benefits for employees such as generous paid time off, group insurance, retirement and pension, and frequent training and staff development opportunities.  Other benefits include longevity pay, merit pay, deferred compensation, flexible benefit plans, 401K/457 retirement plans, direct deposit, telework, staggered work hours, Employee Assistance Program and a Return to Work Program. For new employees or rehires, health insurance is available the 1st of the following month after a 60-day waiting period. Click HERE to view our Benefits page.

HIRING CONTACT: Hanna Bauer, (512) 389-4378

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: CF-Policy & Education, 4200 Smith School Rd., Austin, TX 78744


Under the direction of Policy and Education Team Lead, the Special Projects Coordinator is responsible for coordinating various projects for the Coastal Fisheries Division including coordinating the interoperability, accessibility, and maintenance of natural resources data to assist with division resource management issues. Provides cooperation, collaboration, and technical assistance for Coastal Fisheries projects. Compiles information and data and produces reports, maps, and other technical information in paper and digital formats for Coastal Fisheries projects, programs, technical workgroups, and committees.  Assists with presentation of natural resources information in digital and web-based formats. Operates equipment safely and maintains gear, equipment, and facilities.  Provides leadership in staff and program coordination.  Participates as an effective member of the team and program.  Promotes public awareness of Department activities. 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, Master’s or Ph. D degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Hydrology, Wildlife or Fisheries Science, or one of the Natural or Physical Sciences.


  • NRS I:  No experience required;
  • NRS II:  Two years relevant experience;
  • NRS III: Six years relevant experience.


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



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in a related area of Natural Sciences may be substituted for one year of required experience;

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Ph. D in a related area of Natural Sciences may be substituted for two years of required experience.



  • Experience in creating custom code using statistical data analysis software such as SAS, JMP, R (or similar);
  • Experience in coordinating and working directly with stakeholder groups. 
  • Writing ability demonstrated through publication record (e.g., thesis, peer reviewed journal article) or other written documents (e.g., management plans, technical documents, agency publications) in ecosystem/fisheries resources related research.
  • Experience working with large databases;
  • Experience creating and updating websites.
  • Experience in collecting, recording, and archiving data including production of metadata documentation and database development when relevant;



  • Knowledge of ecological, biological and/or scientific principles and techniques;
  • Knowledge of marine and/or estuarine ecosystems in Texas;
  • Knowledge of relational databases;
  • Knowledge of best practices for dataset interoperability and accessibility;
  • Knowledge of statistical programming procedures (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS, PRIMER. JMP, etc.);
  • Knowledge of techniques to optimize content for display in print and web-based formats;
  • Knowledge of mathematical and statistical methods commonly used to analyze natural resources data;
  • Knowledge of computer operations and applications to fishery management activities;
  • NRS II, Knowledge of NRS I, PLUS:
  • Knowledge of estuarine and saltwater species of Texas;
  • NRS III, Knowledge of NRS II, PLUS:
  • Advanced knowledge of relational databases;


  • Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication;
  • Skill in effective technical writing, and public speaking;
  • Skill in using and operating gear and instruments for the collection of biological, hydrological, and water quality data;
  • Skill in the use of SQL and queries;
  • Skill in using HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver or similar to create and update websites;
  • Skill in optimizing data, reports, or content for display in web-based formats;
  • Skill in developing and maintaining metadata;
  • Skill in using statistical data analysis software such as SAS, JMP, R (or similar)
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts;
  • Skill in analyzing natural resources data and preparing concise reports and technical publications;
  • Skill in troubleshooting hardware and software;

NRS II, Skills of a NRS I, PLUS:

  • Skill in working with inter- and intra-agency groups to attain goals;
  • Skill in coordinating projects between remote teams;
  • Skill in negotiating with varied stakeholder groups to advance TPWD's mission and goals;
  • Skill in using and operating gear and instruments for the collection of biological, hydrological, and water quality data;
  • Skill in using statistical data analysis software such as SAS, JMP, R (or similar)

NRS III, Skills of a NRS II, PLUS:

  • Advanced skill in analyzing natural resources data and preparing concise reports and technical publications;
  • Advanced skill in creating web pages and optimizing data for displaying web-based formats;
  • Skill in interacting and communicating effectively orally and in writing on technical issues to various groups including staff, the public and other governmental agencies;


  • Ability to participate in teams of professional and technical staff;
  • Ability to maintain working relationships with superiors, subordinates and peers;
  • Ability to place priorities on workloads and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to maintain flexibility and work with frequent interruptions and multiple changing priorities;
  • Ability to work under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment;
  • Ability to design and conduct scientific experiments, collect and analyze data, prepare scientific and administrative reports;
  • Ability to provide technical support to end users;
  • Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program;

NRS II, Ability of a NRS I, PLUS:

  • Ability to effectively communicate investigation and research findings to the scientific community, resource managers, peers and members of the general public;
  • Ability to work under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment;

NRS III, Ability of a NRS II, PLUS:

  • Ability to lead teams of professional and technical staff;
  • Ability to serve as mentor and train less senior staff;
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.


  • Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;
  • Required to work overtime as necessary, including some evenings and weekends;
  • This position is suitable to telework two days per week and the candidate may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval;
  • Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules, and safety procedures;
  • Required to operate a State vehicle;
  • Required to travel 25% with possible overnight stays;
  • Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.



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Category Fisheries, Marine Biology