TPWD – Park Ranger III (Unit Manager – Resource Specialist)

August 24, 2023
Somerville, TX
Job Type



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.

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Job Classification


Military Specialty

Park Ranger I-V


11B, 11C, 11A

Park Ranger I-V



Park Ranger I-V

Coast Guard


Park Ranger I-V

Marine Corps

0300, 0365, 0369

Park Ranger I-V

Air Force


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

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


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: John Rorie, (979) 271-0200

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: Lake Somerville SP- Trailway, 6280 FM 180, Ledbetter, TX 78946


Under the direction of the Complex Park Superintendent, this position performs highly complex (senior level) operations work at Lake Somerville State Park. Work involves coordinating park administration and operations including visitor assistance, maintenance, personnel management, and the preservation of park resources for the Lake Somerville Trailway and Public Hunting Lands. Provides visitor services by explaining park rules & regulations, registering campers, responding to questions and requests, and selling permits. Coordinates interpretive & educational programs, guided tours on scientific, historic, & natural features of the parks, & organizes special events. Coordinates programs to promote volunteer development, community outreach, and interaction with support groups. Performs general to specialized maintenance & cleaning of park grounds, trails, & facilities. Provides assistance in emergency situations, including visitor injuries, rescues, and fires. Also, serves as Resource Specialist for the Lake Somerville SP Complex of parks by coordinating cultural and natural resource stewardship activities & ensures the preservation of park resources. Plans and coordinates various natural resource management projects which may include, herbicide application in the park's prairie and wetland areas; shredding prairies, manual removal of trees, tree planting, control of invasive species, trail repair, & erosion control projects. Conducts prescribed burns and is responsible for sensitive site management and feral animal control. Coordinates all natural and cultural resource clearances for projects, monitors cultural sites around the complex, & manages scientific research permits. Develops comprehensive Natural and Cultural Resource Management Plans for the complex. May supervise the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable 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.

Experience :

Two years' experience in (1) natural/cultural resource management; or (2) interpretation or education; or (3) general maintenance; or (4) public safety; or (5) promotions or public relations or marketing.


If driving is required, applicant must possess a valid State driver's license.

Must possess or be able to obtain, within one year of employment, the National Wildfire Coordinator Group's (NWCG) Fire Fighter Type II certification.

Must possess or be able to obtain within one year of employment, a Non-Commercial Political Pesticide/Herbicide Applicators license issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

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

Physical Requirements:

M ust be able to pass, within one year of employment, the FFTII arduous duty physical fitness standard (walk 3 miles with 45 lb. pack in 45 minutes or less).

NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon meeting and maintaining physical requirements.



TPWD employees hired prior to January 1, 1998 may substitute one year of TPWD experience in park management, supervision or operations for thirty semester hours of the required education, with a maximum substitution of sixty semester hours.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife/Fisheries Science, Natural and/or Cultural Resource Management, Forestry, Environmental Biology, Biology, Interpretation, Park Administration, or Recreation and Parks.

Experience :

Experience in park or historic site operations.

Experience in Natural Resource management.

Experience in park interpretation and/or education.

Experience as a Supervisor or Team Leader.

Experience in facility, equipment or grounds maintenance and repairs.


Current Pesticide Applicator license issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Current Basic Wildland Firefighter Type II Certification approved by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.


Knowledge of the principles of Park Administration and operations;

Knowledge of the fundamentals of Natural & Cultural Resource management techniques and principles;

Knowledge of interpretative techniques and principles;

Knowledge of volunteer program oversight and management;

Knowledge of standard financial & business management principles;

Knowledge of basic plumbing, carpentry, electrical, masonry, janitorial and mechanical maintenance and repair tasks;

Skill in using MS Word, Excel and Outlook;

Skill in effective verb al and written communication;

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

Skill in operating herbicide application equipment;

Skill in using hand and power tools, mowers, trimmers, chain saws, tractors, vehicles and other mechanical equipment;

Skill in First Aid, CPR and emergency procedures;

Skill in conducting interpretive activities and professional audience presentations;

Skill in making independent, sound and timely decisions;

Skill in training others;

Ability to keep detailed herbicide application records required by the Texas Department of Agriculture;

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

Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with the agency employee safety program;

Ability to work well with diverse groups and age ranges;

Ability to speak in front of large crowds and present interpretive programs;

Ability to survey customers for program quality;

Ability to develop/coordinate short and long term goals, park interpretive needs, & educational programs;

Ability to prepare and complete various daily, weekly, quarterly, annual and special reports;

Ability to accurately handle cash and account for revenue collected;

Ability to use an automated registration system;

Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;

Ability to work as a member of a team;

Ability to follow park rules and regulations;

Ability to coordinate the work of staff and volunteers;

Ability to uniformly and consistently interpret and help enforce state and federal safety laws and park rules and regulations;

Ability to work under stressful conditions;

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 respond to emergencies and on-call situations;

Option to live on-site in State housing with a monthly deduction. Housing rate is $216.65.

Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;

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 5% 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.


Closing Date: Sep 5, 2023, 11:59:00 PM

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