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TPWD- Sheldon Lake State Park
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's mission is 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. Situated in Houston, Texas, Sheldon Lake State Park is in a vibrant, diverse, and growing metropolis. The park’s location affords the community a refuge to escape into nature and enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, water activities, and experience our natural and cultural resources. This VISTA project will seek to provide increased access to the benefits of the outdoors to low income communities by developing and promoting outdoor learning opportunities and providing natural resource conservation career and volunteer training. Some of the specific project activities that a VISTA member will lead include, but are not limited to, implementing service learning programs with local high schools and middle schools, developing volunteer outreach, recruitment and management tools, creating park specific curriculums to complement academic targets, developing a strong outreach program, and creating partnerships with local schools, community organizations, and businesses. This project expects to benefit thousands of low income youth, veterans, and their families. With over 1 million residents living within the Houston metropolitan area, the potential positive impact of this project is extraordinary, for both the community and for the VISTA’s skills, networking, and professional development. We are looking for a VISTA candidate who is self-driven, engaging and comfortable working with children, an experienced public speaker, and is culturally sensitive. Preferred: Bilingual in English and Spanish.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : The VISTA member will serve a year at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's Sheldon Lake State Park in Houston, TX. This project will build upon the work put forth by staff and the previous VISTA and will allow the VISTA member an opportunity to implement and expand a variety of projects. Duties include: (1) Expanding the capacity of Sheldon Lake State Park through outreach and engagement of underrepresented communities. (2) Growing the park’s volunteer program to support these and other park efforts through the development of volunteer recruitment, management, and training tools. (3) Developing a service learning program (SLP) for low income high school students. (4) Engaging new and existing partners to ensure that low income and underrepresented communities have access to and understand the benefits of outdoor recreation, environmental service, and career opportunities.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Uniforms provided and required . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Health ,  Community Outreach ,  Technology ,  Veterans ,  Environment ,  Education ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Public Speaking ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Community Organization ,  Non-Profit Management ,  First Aid ,  Computers/Technology ,  Youth Development ,  Communications ,  Environment ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Recruitment ,  Writing/Editing ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Leadership ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Education . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

TPWD- Sheldon Lake State Park

Program Start/End Date
07/23/2018  -   07/25/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TEXAS  


Accepting Applications
From  02/26/2018  To  06/01/2018 

Contact Kris Shipman
4200 Smith School Rd
Austin   TX   78744
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 70633