Longhorn Herd Intern

Internship Title:  Fort Griffin Longhorn Herd Intern

Supervising Division/Department/Site: Fort Griffin State Historic Site

Semester Internship is Available:  Summer

Work Location Address: 1701 N. US Highway 283, Albany, Texas  76430

Duration:  To Be Determined

Application Closing Date: Until Filled

Hours/Week:  20 hours/week

Travel Required:  Yes  



This intern position will work under the supervision of the herd manager, assisting in the preservation, protection, operation and management of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd.  The applicant will work primarily at Fort Griffin State Historic Site near Albany, Texas, with some travel.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to assisting in overseeing the Longhorn breeding and reproduction program to ensure integrity of this historic herd, oversight of the health and future viability of all herd members, maintaining breeding records, pasture rotation plans, conducting range and pasture surveys, studies, and inspections; conducting evaluation and analyzing results of grazing plans. The intern will also help deliver interpretive and educational Longhorn programs in cooperation with the site manager of Fort Griffin SHS and other THC sites and relevant TPWD State Parks. Other duties include assisting in cultural and natural resource stewardship, security and safety programs, maintenance and repair of facilities, grounds and equipment; customer service, public relations, marketing and promotion, interpretation and education, special events, community outreach, volunteer development and coordination of partnerships.

Complies with all agency Internship Program policies and procedures.



Assist in all aspects of herd management, including but not limited to:

  • Working with and  handling longhorn cattle.
  • Conducting travelling and on-site interpretive programs about the state herd and longhorn cattle.
  • Maintaining and updating herd records and registration.
  • Daily care and feeding of the longhorn herd.
  • Designing and conducting an interpretive training staff development event for the longhorn herd.
  • Coordinating with registries and organizations interested in the state herd.
  • Assisting in designing and implementing pasture management and brush control plans.


  • A basic knowledge of cattle production and rangeland management practices.
  • Skill in handling cattle.
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to communicate with groups in a public speaking format.
  • Ability to use a computer and operate internet, word processing, and spreadsheet programs.


Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and pursuing a B.S. or higher degree in Animal Science, Range Management, Agriculture Education or related degree.


REMARKS (Application procedure, Special requirements): Applications must be submitted on the Texas Historical Commission’s Internship Application available on the web at www.thc.texas.gov.  Please mail applications to P.O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711 or deliver them in person at 1700 N. Congress Avenue, Suite B-65, Austin, Texas.  A resume and current transcript must be submitted with your application.  Resumes cannot be submitted in lieu of applications.  Applications will be reviewed, and top applicants will be contacted for interviews.  After a qualified person has been chosen for the specified internship, letters will be mailed to all interviewed applicants letting them know that the position has been filled. Disability access for application submission, testing and interview accommodations can be provided upon reasonable notice.


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