Texas Parks and Wildlife
Since our inception in 1895 as the Fish and Oyster Commission, and with the addition of the Game Department in 1907, we have grown into your Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Read below about careers in each of our 11 Divisions – from Accounting to Construction and Engineering to Wildlife Specialists, your future awaits!
Most of us work at our nearly 200 locations throughout the Lone Star State. Nearly all of our positions require that you have a high school diploma/GED and many require a BA/BS. To be considered as a candidate for TPWD positions, you must complete and submit on-line, by the application deadline date, the TPWD on-line State of Texas Application for Employment, and, if applicable, submit an official copy of your college transcript from an accredited institution. Now, more on careers:
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This division oversees financial services, registration and titling of boats and motors and the issuance of hunting, fishing and other licenses. The Administrative Resources staff also takes care of warehousing, mail services and property management.
We look for individuals with background, education and experiences in accounting and auditing, budgeting, purchasing and contracting.
Coastal Fisheries (PDF 214.5 KB)
Coastal Fisheries manages the resources in 4 million acres of saltwater to sustain fisheries populations and ensure that stocks of commercially and recreationally important species are replenishable. The responsibilities of division staff include habitat conservation and restoration, interagency research and coordination of all water-related issues. Visit Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson to learn more.
We look for individuals with background, education and experiences in fishery biology, fishery management, fisheries research, fishery technology, marine fish hatchery production and research, aquatic habitat management, human dimensions in fisheries and aquatic education.
Managing internal and external agency communication, this division produces Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine, a PBS television series and the Passport to Texas radio series. The staff also coordinates angler, boater, hunter and teacher education programs.
We look for individuals with background, education and experiences in journalism, photography, video technology and production, marketing and advertising, media and news relations, graphic arts, research and development.
Human Resources supports TPWD employees with essential services, information and learning opportunities. The goal of HR and the agency is to attract and retain a highly skilled and diverse workforce that reflects Texas.
We look for individuals with background, education and experiences in personnel management, employment, recruitment, employee relations, training and development and employee benefits. Candidates with certification such as PHR or SPHR are desired.
Effective communication networks are crucial for an agency as large as TPWD, with its statewide field offices. The IT Division staff works to keep the agency's offices and systems in touch, up to date, and outfitted with the latest technology – from the Panhandle to the Valley.
We look for individuals with background, education and experiences in computer programming, information systems, system analysis, data entry, software training, technical support and helpdesk, web administration, databases, telecommunications, MS Office Suites (Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Word, etc.), buffer operations, etc. Training backgrounds in the above areas are highly desirable.
This division provides project management, planning, design, construction and technical services, and oversees TPWD vehicles and safety programs. Infrastructure also helps preserve the agency’s historically designated structures and landscapes.
We look for individuals with background, education and experiences in project and construction management, master planning, architecture, engineering, construction inspection, drafting, surveying, construction contract administration, project cost accounting and budgeting, radio technology and auto/truck/light vehicle mechanics.
Inland Fisheries (PDF 966.8 KB)
Nearly 2 million anglers enjoy fishing activities each year as a result of this division’s work to protect and enhance freshwater aquatic resources across 1.7 million acres of public impoundments and 80,000 miles of rivers and streams. The staff is involved in research and analysis, ecosystem and habitat assessment, wetlands conservation and providing fishing opportunities for freshwater anglers. Learn more at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.
We look for individuals with background, education and experiences in fishery biology, fishery management, fisheries research, fish culture, aquatic habitat management and angler education.
Careers in Law Enforcement (PDF 71.9 KB)
Texas Game Warden (PDF 550.4 KB)
This division operates 27 field offices and the Game Warden Training Center, provides safe boating and recreational water safety on public waters and employing about 500 Texas game wardens. Law Enforcement is also responsible for enforcing the Parks and Wildlife Code, all TPWD regulations, the Texas Penal Code and selected statutes and regulations applicable to clean air and water, hazardous materials and human health. All positions require a BA/BS from accredited institution and graduation from the Game Warden Training Center.
We look for individuals with background, education and experiences in conservation law enforcement, aviation, boat operations and maintenance, administrative support, data control, data entry, computer operations, purchasing, as game warden and/or park police officers.
The Legal Division staff provides advice and assistance to staff and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission regarding a wide range of issues within our authority.
We look for individuals with background, education and experiences in litigation, federal, state and municipal laws, drafting agreements, administrative law, criminal law, employment law, contract law, knowledge of conservation rights as it pertains to water, fish and wildlife in general. Position requires a JD degree or work toward one.
Created as the State Parks Board in 1923, and substantially helped by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's, this division oversees our state parks and historic sites where visitors can experience and learn about Texas' cultural and natural history and resources. Many state parks offer the chance to fish, camp, swim, hike and bicycle, observe birds and other wildlife or pursue other outdoor recreation opportunities.
We look for individuals with background, education and experiences in park administration, park maintenance, as park police officers, in park/recreation planning, archeology, exhibit technology, food service, historic preservation and interpretation.
From holding public hunts and providing public information to offering technical guidance to private landowners along with incentives to manage for rare species, wildlife personnel also help manage TPWD’s wildlife management areas as well as help develop wildlife management plans for over 19 million acres of private lands. Other important responsibilities include annual population surveys of 1,200 species, research studies, analysis of wildlife disease and other issues and management of the State Bison Herd and Desert Bighorn Sheep and Eastern wild turkey programs.
We look for individuals with background, education and experiences in wildlife and habitat management, research and technical guidance, education and data management.
In addition to full-time and part-time jobs, we have a variety of summer jobs as well as the Summer Student Internship program for students enrolled in an accredited college or university who meet minimum requirements. For more information, please visit the Jobs section of our website at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/jobs/ . You may also visit any State of Texas office in your area to pick up the forms required to apply for jobs with us. And when you visit one of our Parks or Natural Areas, Historic Sites, Fisheries or Wildlife Centers, linger a while to see why we say "Life's Better Outside!"
One way to experience careers at TPWD is to volunteer. You may download a Volunteer Application from the "Get Involved" section of our website, www.tpwd.state.tx.us .
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TPWD Mission Statement:
"To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations."