All of the tours, field trips, programs, and festivals offered at Jones Park are free of charge. This is possible through community support and volunteers. To help expand and continue the level of free programming at Jones Park, experts, professionals, and teachers who specialize in natural science, conservation, and Texas history-related fields are invited to assist with or present lectures, tours, and workshops.
From behind-the-scenes assistance to tour guides, demonstrators, and historians at festivals, volunteers are utilized in almost every imaginable aspect of the park’s operations. Smaller groups interested in becoming involved at the park are encouraged to volunteer together.
Another important factor that allows Jones Park to offer free programming is monetary sponsorships through the Jesse Jones Park Volunteers (JJPV). Sponsors can support the park by funding theatrical, musical, and stage performances, contest awards and give-aways for the Volunteer Appreciation Party, Fishing Derby, Photo Contest, Tricks and Treats Among the Trees, and An Old-Fashioned Christmas.
Businesses, groups, and organizations that are interested in making visible, in-kind contributions can participate in the Adopt-A-Trail program, or other conservation projects.
Consider supporting Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center by volunteering!
Volunteer Job Descriptions
Remove invasive, non-native plants and conduct routine trail maintenance. This is a great conservation project for groups of all sizes and types. Requires a minimum one-year commitment of 4-hour work sessions every three months.
A large number of volunteers are utilized to successfully host our annual festivals and special events:
Arbor Day (January)
Homestead Heritage Day (February)
Summer Nature Camp (June through July)
Tricks & Treats (October)
Pioneer Day (November)
An Old-Fashioned Christmas (December).
Arts and Crafts Projects
Assist with craft preparations for children’s programs. Decorate for festivals. Create period-correct items offered for sale by the JJPV during Jones Park events. (Proceeds from sales benefit the park.) Can be performed in the Nature Center conference room or at home at your convenience.
Building Maintenance / Construction
Assist in the development and maintenance of park facilities, including the Redbud Hill Homestead and Akokisa Indian Village. Construction experience and handyman skills are a plus for maintaining pioneer structures.
Sew, mend, launder, and inventory period-correct garments used in re-enactments and stored in the costume closet. Research historical dress and accessories.
Work with concessions or indoor kitchen meal preparation at park festivals. Demonstrate cast iron outdoor cooking staged during homestead events.
Solicit donations from area businesses for park and volunteer programs. Research and write grant applications to support park projects.
Homestead Tour Guide
Lead school-aged children, scouts, and other groups on interpretive tours of the Redbud Hill Homestead and the Akokisa Indian Village. Homestead Tour Guides are needed Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the school year.
Assist with the care of landscaped grounds, homestead garden, and greenhouse by replanting areas of the park with native vegetation, seeding wildflowers, potting plants, watering, pruning, and weeding. Horticultural Aides are invited to participate in Conservation Connections every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.
Jr. Canoe Training
Assist staff with teaching 10-15-year-olds water safety and canoeing skills. This program is a one-day commitment and is held periodically during the spring and summer months.
Living History Demonstrator
Demonstrate everyday life in an 1830s east Texas homestead or Akokisa Indian Village while wearing period-correct clothing (available in the costume closet) and using authentic tools. Volunteers demonstrate activities such as: archery, blacksmithing, cooking, gardening, hide tanning, woodworking, spinning, and weaving. Living History Demonstrators are needed for Second Saturday Settlers (SSS), Homestead Heritage Day, and Pioneer Day. No prior experience is necessary; just an interest in the life of Texas inhabitants in the 1830s. Training will be provided.
Nature Tour Guide
Lead school-aged children, scouts, or other groups on a one-half- to one-mile interpretive walk on the park’s nature trails. Point out interesting natural features such as the cypress ponds, native plants, birds, and animal signs. Nature Tour Guides are needed Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the school year.
Greet Nature Center visitors while providing them with park information, maps, and program schedules. Answer the phone and assist staff with craft preparation and record keeping. Office aides are needed primarily on weekends.
Represent Jones Park at environmental, educational, and community fairs. Set up displays, distribute park information, answer questions, and help extend the reach of park staff. Outreach events are primarily on weekends.
Summer Nature Camp Counselor
Provide a friendly, helpful presence while the children to learn about nature. Supervise a group of 6-7 children (ages 5-6, 7-9, or 10-12 years old). Participate, help, and encourage the campers in activities, games, and crafts presented by the park ranger. Counselors are needed from June to the first week of August. Each camp is a one-week commitment.