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TPWD News Release — Aug. 6, 2007

Texas State Parks Seek Qualified Job Applicants

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking qualified applicants to fill about 200 new employee positions in Texas State Parks. Thanks to recent appropriations by the Texas Legislature, this is the first major infusion of new staffing for state parks in many years.

Texas State Parks will be filling new positions at dozens of sites across the state in September and October. Each position will be advertised independently throughout August and September on the TPWD Web site. The closing deadline to apply for jobs will vary by position, so applicants need to check the Web site on a regular basis for new job postings and closing dates.

Some job openings are entry level positions for which many people might qualify. But most of the state park jobs require special skills and experience, so applicants need to look closely at the job descriptions to make sure they qualify before applying.

“We’re looking for people who are really excited about helping take care of some of the most special places in our state, folks who are interested in a long-term career with Texas State Parks,” said Walt Dabney, TPWD state parks director. “We’re looking for a broad spectrum of skills for different kinds of jobs, ranging from people with strong maintenance skills to help repair facilities, folks with the ability to explain and interpret park natural resources and history for visitors, and experienced professionals who can help manage and administer these sites, just to cite a few examples.”

Types of positions include Park Specialists (Interpreters, Park Police Officers, Resource Management; Park Superintendent Trainees, Park Superintendents), Program Specialists (Regional Law Enforcement Coordinators, Regional Natural Resource Specialists, Regional Cultural Resource Specialists), Architects, an Interpretation & Exhibits Planner, Park Rangers (Maintenance, Utility Plant Operators, Interpreters), Maintenance Assistants, Maintenance Technicians, Administrative Assistants, Clerks, and Food Service Workers.

Applicants must submit a completed State of Texas job application separately for each position of interest. Copies of application will be accepted as long as the different posting number and location preference is identified.

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