FlatsWorthy has a long relationship with the personnel at Goose Island State Park that truly began with the passage of Hurricane Harvey and their efforts, under horrible circumstances, to keep the boat ramp open. They have recently dealt with the challenges of maintaining the one and only open public boat ramp in Aransas County. Matters were made worse by a shortage of staff. The park was overwhelmed with boat trailers and the associated traffic, which created hardship for the few remaining employees. Even though other boat ramps are open, the situation today is not much better. After discussion with Interim Park Superintendent T.J. Hinojosa it was determined FlatsWorthy can be of great help to them by having volunteers work at the front office. The employees are doing the best they can and we need to help them. If you are interested in volunteering, or know someone who would be, please contact them at https://bit.ly/35GeFIa. We owe them a helping hand.
I’ve never volunteered before. Is that okay?
Yes! You don’t have to be a biologist or a wildlife expert to volunteer. All you need is a desire to help, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn. Orientation and training will be provided.
What will I do?
Goose Island State Park is currently looking for front office volunteers. Responsibilities include greeting and orienting visitors as they arrive at the park, checking permits, and providing them with basic park information. Answering phones and small office tasks may also be done. Work will be performed inside and outside and involves sitting, frequent standing, and walking short distances. You will be working alongside park rangers who can assist you. Volunteers can choose from two 4-hour shifts: 7:00am-11:00am and 11:00am-3:00pm. The greatest needs are on Thursday-Sunday mornings, though shifts are available 7 days a week.
Volunteers can choose a short-term or long-term commitment. As a volunteer, you will be part of a passionate team working to manage and conserve Texas’ natural resources. You can expand your knowledge, meet new people, and use your skills and passion to give back to your community.
What requirements are there for volunteering?
Volunteers are required to pass an annual criminal background check. Office volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Unsure about making a long-term commitment? Try it out for a day and see how fulfilling it is to be part of the Texas State Parks system. Whether you choose to volunteer one day per week, per month, or per year, you are expected to follow through on the commitment you make to the program. Volunteers are required to record their hours online by the 3rd of the following month. Volunteers must follow all TPWD safety, conduct, and volunteer guidelines.
How safe is it?
This position requires frequent face-to-face interaction with visitors and staff. All volunteers will be provided Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Volunteers may choose to bring their own.
Why is FlatsWorthy involved?
FlatsWorthy is a supporter of Texas Parks and Wildlife and our State Parks. We want to support their efforts to protect our natural resources and promote etiquette and courteous behavior when enjoying our state’s natural resources.
When can I get started?
Go to this link to sign up and a Park Ranger will contact you to set up a time and date which works for everyone: https://bit.ly/35GeFIa