Pretty big news for Sammy boy! TPWD job!

So, I have some fairly exciting news -- I got a new job! Not to say that I have been unhappy in the least in my current job as the 'nature guy' for the city of Mansfield, but this new job will hopefully extend a bit of my reach, and that's a good thing. I'll be a Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Biologist for Dallas/Fort Worth! My job will still be geared towards my life goal: to promote an awareness and appreciation of the flora and fauna in and around DFW. I foresee some really interesting challenges in the new job, and I'm really quite excited. And yes, I'll still be posting observations and cluttering up dashboards here on iNat. :)

Posted on 07 January, 2016 14:20 by sambiology sambiology



Posted by greglasley about 8 years ago

Wow! TPW and DFW both have a great new asset! So proud for you Sam.

Posted by mchlfx about 8 years ago

Congratulations, Sam! That's awesome! I think we'll all benefit for your expanded professional reach :-)

Posted by carrieseltzer about 8 years ago

Wonderful news, congratulations, Sam!

Posted by cgritz about 8 years ago

Darn! I'd hoped they'd pick me... ;-)


(@greglasley, As we all know, when dealing with Sam, a proper grammatical use is three exclamation points in a row, not four.)

Posted by gcwarbler about 8 years ago

Congrats!!! Do you know the Texas Children in Nature Group in the area? I'll get you contacts if you need them!

Posted by colleenm about 8 years ago

I am very happy for you Sam. They picked a great person.
I hope the new job turns out to be as good as you would wish it to be.

And most of all, I hope you will have a nice boss there, which I believe is the make-or-break thing in any job.

Posted by susanhewitt about 8 years ago

Wow, congratulations Sam. Hope it's an awesome setup.

Posted by wildflowerenthusi... about 8 years ago

Yes!!! (only 3) Sam is the Man for the Job!!! It was all those sweet comments to children you've made after Christmas about their fine new bikes = that gave you extra credit, Congratulations.

Posted by mary_ann_nilson about 8 years ago

Aw shucks. Thanks, friends. :) Chuck is right -- usually a three exclamation point ending suffices... But in this case, I will definitely accept four. :) I'm super excited!!!(!)

One of the big things that helped me get this job is my presence/obsession with iNaturalist. It has strengthened my knowledge of the local flora and fauna in an exponential fashion. I love it! :)

Posted by sambiology about 8 years ago


Posted by greglasley about 8 years ago

Congrats Sam, and welcome to the Department. Will you be taking over Brett's territory, Derek's, or both? My office is the old hatchery in Fort Worth. Either way, you'll have to come by for a visit! Tons of cool stuff to see on our 63 acres nestled right below the Lake Worth Dam along the West Fork. Tom Hungerford, TPWD Inland Fisheries Biologist. 817.732.0762. Take care!

Posted by fw_tom about 8 years ago


Posted by connlindajo about 8 years ago

Congrats Sam! That's awesome. Big shoes to fill in Derek's place. ;) Will you be in the Cedar Hill office or someplace else? either way... WOOOOHOOOOO

Posted by krstldwn about 8 years ago

Congrats on the new gig, Sam!

Posted by d_kluza about 8 years ago

Congrats!!! It's so great to get paid for doing what you are already passionate about.

Posted by maractwin about 8 years ago

That is fantastic news Sam! Congratulations!!

Posted by rjadams55 about 8 years ago

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Does Central Texas have someone like you also?

Posted by gbrucks about 8 years ago

Congratulations Sam. It's always great when you can have a job that you really like. Hope it works out as well as expected.

Posted by oz4caster about 8 years ago

Congratulations, Sam - that's great news!!!

Posted by billdodd about 8 years ago


Posted by nathantaylor about 8 years ago

Congratulations Sam as I am just reading this late tonight. I look forward to working more with you in your new role.

Posted by butterflies4fun about 8 years ago

That's wonderful, Sam! Congratulations!

Posted by jblinde about 8 years ago


Posted by atassin about 8 years ago

Wow fantastically great! Be great to have you out this way :-)

Posted by nickmdal about 8 years ago

Exciting news! Congrats!

Posted by karinsaucedo about 8 years ago

congrats! all your hard work is paying off!

Posted by leannewallis about 8 years ago

Congratulations. That's excellent news.

Posted by berkshirenaturalist about 8 years ago

don't know how I missed this post, congratulations Sam!!!! Whatever it is you are doing there, I know you will do it with passion and light some fires in other people about nature.

Posted by taogirl about 8 years ago

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