Ridiculously competitive (fisheries)
Fisheries (Former Employee) – DFW, TX – October 24, 2018
I have worked temporary jobs with TPWD and have volunteered with them for years. I don't know about the other departments, but Inland and Coastal Fisheries are the most insanely competitive fields I have ever tried to get into. I have volunteered countless hours and tried to make it in (almost 10 interviews), to no avail. If you are wondering, yes, I was a good employee and received good ratings from my supervisors.
Unless you are dead-set on obtaining a TPWD job and have tons of experience and connections, I wouldn't waste your time.
As far as management goes, it can be hit or miss. Since it is so competitive, nobody leaves (and it's impossible to get fired), so you could be stuck with a great or terrible supervisor.
Also, temporary employees may not get the perks the permanent employees do, and the HR department is the worst I have ever heard of.
If you do make it in, it can be a really fun and rewarding job.
Summary: if you can get in (have tons of prior experience) and know you'll have a good team to work with, go for it.
If you love not hearing back from hiring managers after interviews even after driving 20+ hours for these interviews (this was not just one occasion), or volunteering with them personally, then apply. Just don't get surprised if you never hear a thing.