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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department seeks Training and Development Assistant (Texas Outdoor Family Assistant)

Primary Location: Houston, Texas

Work Location: SP-Sheldon SP 14140 Garrett Road, Houston 77044

Schedule: Part-time 30 hours per week

Travel: Yes, 75% of the time

Salary: 19.48 – 19.48 (Hourly)

Closing Date: Feb 14, 2024


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 ClassificationServiceMilitary Specialty
Training and Development Assistant/Specialist I-VIArmy11Z, 18Z, 19Z, 35Z, 74D, 47A, 47C, 47D, 47E, 47F, 47G, 47H, 47J, 47K, 47L, 47M, 47N, 47P, 47Q, 47R, 47S, 47T, 47U, 47V, 47W, 57A, 70H
Training and Development Assistant/Specialist I-VINavyPS, 120X, 121X, 123X
Training and Development Assistant/Specialist I-VICoast GuardYN, PERS, SEI20
Training and Development Assistant/Specialist I-VIMarine Corps0233, 0277, 0577, 0691, 0911, 0913, 0914, 0916, 0917, 0918, 0919, 0931, 0932, 0933, 0951, 5977, 6077, 6177, 6877, 7077, 7277, 7377, 0306, 0930, 5977, 6077, 6877, 7077, 7277, 7377, 7537, 7577, 8077, 8802, 8803
Training and Development Assistant/Specialist I-VIAir Force3F2X1, 8B000, 8B100, 8B200, 8T000, 8T100, 9H000, 38FX, 81C0, 81L0, 81T0, 82A0, 83R0, 86M0

*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

MILITARY EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE:  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:

1.     Veteran- DD214 showing honorable discharge.

2.     Surviving spouse of a veteran who has not remarried- Marriage Certificate and DD Form 1300 or appropriate documentation.

3.     Orphan of a veteran killed while on active duty- Birth Certificate and DD Form 1300 or appropriate documentation.

4.     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.

5.     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:  Lisa Reznicek, (512) 800-4324

PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: 14140 Garrett Road, Houston, TX 77044


Under the direction of the Texas Outdoor Family Regional Lead, this position performs training assistance work including supports the Outdoor Education Specialists in organizing, planning, directing, and evaluating Texas Outdoor Family programs at multiple State Parks throughout the state. Serves primarily as an assistant instructor for assigned public programs and hosts partner programs independently. Promotes Texas Outdoor Family through regional outreach events, marketing, and helps maintain social media presence. Responsible for the transport, maintenance, and storage of all equipment necessary to deliver Texas Outdoor Family programs. Delivers other outdoor education programs, trainings, and administrative tasks related to the program. Works under close supervision, with minimal 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 High School or GED.


Six months experience conducting instructional or educational programs. 


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

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



Six months non-paid outdoor recreation or education experience obtained from training, education, and/or volunteering may substitute for the required experience.

NOTE : Dates and hours per week must be reflected on application to award appropriate experience.  Certificates of completion may be required to verify experience.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas:  Park Administration, Recreation and Parks, Wildlife/Fisheries Science, Natural and/or Cultural Resource Conservation, Geography, Forestry, Biology, Anthropology/Archeology, Sociology, or closely related field.


Experience in outdoor education instruction in activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, or related activities;

Functional park operations or camp experience; 

Interpretation or outdoor education for large groups;

Experience in training others;

Experience maintaining recreation equipment such as tents, kayaks, and bikes;

Experience in customer service;

Experience in public speaking.


Current Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) issued by the National Association of Interpretation (NAI);

Current Leave No Trace Instructor;

Current Project Wild Instructor;

Current American Canoe Association (ACA) Instructor;

Current Wilderness First Aid or Responder certification;

Current CPR/First Aid/AED certification.


Knowledge of outdoor camping ethics and sustainable recreation in public spaces;

Knowledge of outdoor education and interpretive principles;

Knowledge of camping equipment maintenance;

Knowledge of safety in the outdoors;

Knowledge of barriers to outdoor participation with diverse groups;

Knowledge of training procedures and techniques;

Skill in using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, social media, video editing, and conferencing equipment;

Skill in effective verbal and written communication;

Skill in preparing and delivering creative state park recreation or interpretive programs for both adults and children;

Skill in coordinating and evaluating volunteers;

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

Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other state agencies and organizations;

Skill in the management of details regarding event planning, camping, and training equipment;

Skill in managing groups and group safety in outdoor settings;

Skill in instructing others;

Ability to prepare and complete correspondence, reports, presentations, and special assignments;

Ability to create virtual video content;

Ability to post and review social media content;

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

Ability to work independently with little or no supervision;

Ability to work as a member of a team;

Ability to conduct marketing and outreach efforts to promote outdoor education programs;

Ability to work in adverse weather conditions;

Ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences in a professional and courteous manner;

Ability to prepare and deliver creative educational/interpretive programs for both adults and children;

Ability to provide quality customer service in a courteous and professional manner;

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

Ability to conduct work activity in accordance with TPWD safety program.


Required to work in a public park with overnight camping and day use;

Required to work 30 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 work a minimum of 30 hours for 12 weekends (Friday-Sunday);

Required to travel 85% with overnight stays in tents at a state park;

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

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

Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.



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