Brazos Bend State Park seeks volunteers

Brazos Bend State Park volunteer Jenny Carns shows a baby alligator to a young visitor at the Nature Center. The volunteer organization is taking applications for membership and training in September. (Submitted photo)

Brazos Bend State Park volunteer Jenny Carns shows a baby alligator to a young visitor at the Nature Center. The volunteer organization is taking applications for membership and training in September. (Submitted photo)

Want to make a serious commitment to a whole lot of fun? Become a member of the Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer Organization (BBSPVO).

Staff is accepting applications for the next round of training that will take place Sept. 10, 17 and 24. All three dates are mandatory.

Park staff is seeking outgoing, self-motivated individuals who are able to donate at least 48 hours per year and are able to assist park visitors year round. Volunteers operate the park’s nature center and volunteer gift shop. They conduct programs and hikes for the general public and school groups, provide various customer service needs and assist the park maintenance staff with trail maintenance, etc. BBSP is in particular need of those interested in presenting interpretive programs/hikes/demonstrations plus staffing for the non-profit volunteer gift shop located inside the Nature Center. Volunteers receive hands-on training in all areas. Application, interview, liability waiver and criminal background check required. Application deadline is June 30.

The BBSPVO has been serving park visitors for 27 years and has been recognized by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, the Texas State Senate and House of Representatives as an exemplary organization that consistently donates an average of 20,000 hours annually. The organization also donates a substantial amount of funding that is used to directly assist the park with operational, educational and customer service needs. The majority of this funding is provided by their gift shop sales but also comes from private donations. The BBSPVO is a 501, (C ), (3) non-profit organization.

Applications are also accepted for maintenance work only. (One may start volunteering immediately after the criminal background check clears and liability waiver is signed.)

Complete training information and application can be found at www.brazosbend.org.

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