Houston Community Field Trip Coordinator

Expected Dates
May 5, 2019 to August 19, 2019
Big Thicket National Preserve
Position ID
Big Thicket National Preserve in southeast Texas, is seeking an organized and self-motivated individual to assist with basic project management and survey work at the preserve. With guidance and collaboration from a diverse team of partners, this individual will serve as the key connect point for a significant regional initiative designed to facilitate field trip opportunities in the Greater Houston Area. The incumbent will be duty stationed at the preserve’s headquarters building in Kountze, Texas.

In support of the Houston Focus City Project, this intern will assist with the administration of a grant designed to provide field trips to national, state, and city parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands for fourth grade students across the greater Houston area. The primary duties require the ability to work with multiple community partners, including representatives of federal, state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations and other groups. This individual will organize meetings (both in-person and conference calls), track data, maintain comprehensive records, communicate with teachers and field trip providers, and compose professional e-mail communications and much more. Some of the projects this position will assist with include: updating website content, maintaining e-mail and Facebook accounts, creating and distributing electronic fliers and publications, along with corresponding with teachers and school principals to promote the field trip initiative and tracking project expenditures.  The majority of these duties will happen in an indoor office environment behind a computer screen.  (Approx. 70-75% of duties)
In addition to the Houston based project duties (above), this individual will assist the national preserve in developing a more complete understanding of visitor use in the preserve. Working side-by-side with National Park Service (NPS) staff this intern will complete observational survey work at over a dozen day use areas throughout the preserve to determine the average number of visitors using areas throughout the year. This survey work will require this individual to travel to the survey sites and spend a prescribed amount of time (4 -6 hours) counting the numbers of visitors to the location or facility. Over time they will develop a record of how many visitors use that area and create an average number of visitors. This work will be done independently, and require routine use of a park radio and park vehicle. (Approx. 10-15% of duties)

In addition to two primary duties listed above, this individual will participate in park-wide training, all-staff meetings, observe in-park ranger-led field trip experiences, and assist with staffing informational tables/booths at community fairs and festivals. (Approx. 10-15% of duties)
This position requires work both indoors and outside, in all weather. Ability to communicate effectively in writing, is vital to this position. A valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle are required for this position.
  • Big Thicket National Preserve is in southeast Texas just north of Beaumont and 75 miles northeast of Houston. The preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 113,000 acres scattered across a 3,500-square-mile area. The Big Thicket, often referred to as a “biological crossroads,” is a transition zone between four distinct vegetation types – the moist eastern hardwood forest, the southwestern desert, the southeastern swamp, and the central prairies. Species from all of these different vegetation types come together in the thicket, exhibiting a variety of vegetation and wildlife that has received national interest.
  • Many training opportunities will be available including, working side-by-side with NPS staff, on-line training courses, and one-on-one mentoring sessions. Classroom based training courses include; First Aid CPR/AED, Defensive Driving, basic interpretive s
  • Plentiful outdoor recreation opportunities exist in the area. Hiking, biking, paddling, back-country camping, hunting, etc.

    The preserve is approximately a one hour drive from the Texas gulf coast, for swimming, beach going, fishing, etc.

  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience