(CLOSED) Application to be a Texas State Park Ambassador - Central and West TX regions, July - Dec 2017
***Thank you for your interest in becoming an Ambassador. We are currently re-working our training schedule, and our next application will not be posted until further notice. You can complete our Contact Info Form at our website to receive future training announcements. Thanks!

texasstateparks.org/ambassadors

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Get outside. Connect with a team. Grow as a leader. Show some love to a State Park near you!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Texas State Park Ambassador.

APPLICATION
This 6-section application begins by clicking "NEXT" at the bottom of this page. So that Ambassador Program staff and park staff can get to know you better, selected applicants may be asked via email to submit a short and simple video response to a few questions, 5 minutes or less.

Application deadline: End of day May 28 2017.

NOTE: This is the application for our Central and West TX regional training, which includes regions surrounding the state parks listed here: goo.gl/vMZLGx

We are seeking Ambassadors to partner with the state parks listed at the bottom of this section which will be updated based on park availability.

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***If you are NOT in the Central/West Texas region but are interested in future opportunities near you (including those in South and Southeast Texas, East Texas, North Texas, etc), instead of continuing to apply below, please complete this contact info form, and we'll notify you at a future time:
http://goo.gl/forms/X5xb1s3uRV

You can also get for more information about the program and future trainings here:
texasstateparks.org/ambassador (website)
https://goo.gl/lzRhzP (program info)
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TRAINING
Ambassador Leadership Training Adventure (ALTA) dates: Thursday evening June 29 - Tuesday morning July 4, 2017
Davis Mountains State Park just outside Ft. Davis in far West Texas. This training is required to be an Ambassador.

THE AMBASSADOR CHALLENGE
Following the training, ambassadors are partnered with a nearby state park for the following 4-6 months to contribute a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer time toward at least 1 completed project in each of our 3 project dimensions (hands-on service, social media/digital content, and face-to-face community outreach).

WHAT IS AN AMBASSADOR?
A state park ambassador is a young adult volunteer selected to serve as an outreach advocate for their park. This is done through 3 project dimensions--hands-on service, social media/digital content, and face-to-face community outreach, all of which will raise awareness of opportunities in our state parks. Typically around half of our ambassadors are university students (undergrad and grad), with others coming from a variety of education and work backgrounds.

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS:
- Age 18-30, HS graduate, and current resident of Texas (preferably in or near our current focal region)
- Able to fully attend and complete the regional Ambassador Leadership Training Adventure
- Commit to 40 hours toward park projects within 4-6 months
- Have transportation to and from Ambassador functions and park sites
- Demonstrated desire to engage new generations with Texas State Parks

THE AMBASSADOR JOURNEY:
AMBASSADOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING ADVENTURE >>> PARK PARTNERSHIP + PROJECTS >>> ALUMNI SUMMIT (annual statewide gathering of Ambassadors) & NEXT STEPS + FUTURE ADVENTURES...

ALTA (our on-boarding training)
The Ambassador Leadership Training Adventure (ALTA) is a 6-day 5-night outdoor immersion which on-boards our regional team of 25-30 new Ambassadors, and will likely include activities such as: 5 nights of tent camping, hiking and backpacking, a service project, team building activities, a leadership curriculum, volunteer training sessions, and more. Participants are responsible for their transportation to and from the training (carpooling can be arranged), as well as lunches and snacks, but activity fees, facility costs, and most meals will be covered by the Ambassador Program, and essential/basic outdoor gear can be provided if needed, such as backpacking gear, tent, etc.

Our leadership sessions, which prepare our team to be successful ambassadors, will include:

• Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop
• Exploring Decision-Making Styles, Leadership Styles, Communication Styles
• Interpretation session
• Sharing our Nature Bios
• Park Presentations
• Various volunteer training sessions and talks
• Park partnership and projects training
• and more...

THE PARK PARTNERSHIP
July - Dec (minimum of 4 to maximum of 6 months). This is a flexible opportunity. Your physical presence at the park is necessitated only by the completion of your projects.

Following the training, Ambassadors are partnered with a nearby state park and are challenged to contribute a total of 40 hours on projects within 3 dimensions (hands-on service, social media/digital content, and face-to-face community outreach) within a 4-6 month window to benefit their state park and engage their peers. A park volunteer fee waiver is to be provided to all ambassadors to cover entrance fees to state parks during this time frame.

Please note:
• Partnerships may be confirmed on a first-come-first-serve basis. The earlier you apply, the better.
• You may be a part of a small team of ambassadors at your park (teams of 2's or 3's).
• Please do not rank parks in your application that are not listed here.
• We anticipate a competitive applicant pool, and your openness and flexibility with park partnerships is appreciated.
• Please be patient after submitting your application. We will be sure to get back with you.
• Only fully completed applications will be considered.

We are seeking Ambassadors to partner with the following state parks within Central and West Texas. Here is a map of parks in this region: goo.gl/vMZLGx

This region includes potential ambassador opportunities with following parks and sites (list subject to change):

Balmorhea State Park
Bastrop State Park
Blanco State Park

Colorado Bend State Park
Davis Mountains State Park
Devils River State Natural Area

Franklin Mountains State Park
Garner State Park
Government Canyon State Natural Area
Guadalupe River State Park

Hill Country State Natural Area
Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site
Inks Lake State Park
Kickapoo Cavern State Park

Lake Colorado City State Park
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site
McKinney Falls State Park

Monahans Sandhills State Park
Pedernales Falls State Park
San Angelo State Park
Seminole Canyon State Park

South Llano River State Park
Wyler Aerial Tramway

*Photography and Social media team coordinator (documenting our ambassador training and managing our team's social media channels)

The application begins on the NEXT page. Your patience is appreciated as we sort through applications. If you have any pressing questions not answered here or in the links above reach out to the program coordinator tyler.priest@tpwd.texas.gov. Thanks!

2016-17 North Texas Ambassador team
2017 South - Southeast Texas Ambassador team
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