The purpose of this program is to provide trained volunteers to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. These volunteers will be the public face of the Refuge. They will educate the public about the rules and regulations that pertain to manatee viewing in Kings Bay, and provide information to the public about manatees and manatee protection. During the off season, volunteers will educate visitors about recreating responsibly at the Three Sisters Springs.
Answer visitors’ questions about manatees, birds and other wildlife, vegetation, the spring system, the swim with manatee program and general information about the area
Educate visitors to Three Sisters Springs (TSS) about the Manatee Manners video, passive observation, and the rules regarding manatee viewing in Kings Bay
Identify mammals, birds, fish and vegetation that is found at TSS
Present information about the Refuge and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Report violations/accidents/injuries to law enforcement /volunteer coordinator
Provide information on other recreation activities that are available
Report any damage to equipment or safety hazards to volunteer coordinator
Read Manatee Watch handbook for additional information
Be knowledgeable and accurate in information imparted or know to say "I don’t know, but I can find out" when they do not have an answer
Ability to work well with the concessionaires, boat captains and other volunteers
Record volunteer hours on a volunteer time sheet. Time sheet will be provided
Other duties as assigned
08:30 AM to 12:30 PM
12:30 PM to 04:30 PM
03:30 PM to 06:30 PM
NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
1502 SE Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429, US
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Established in 1983, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is the only refuge created specifically for the protection of the threatened Florida Manatee, a subspecies of the West Indian Manatee. This unique refuge preserves the last unspoiled and undeveloped spring habitat in Kings Bay, which forms the headwaters of the Crystal River. The refuge preserves the most important aquifer fed spring havens in Kings Bay (King Spring and Three Sisters Springs), which provide critical habitat for the manatee populations that migrate here each winter. In addition to the establishment of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, manatees are also protected in Kings Bay by seven federal manatee sanctuaries (November-March), and the designation (2012) of the entire Kings Bay area as the Kings Bay Manatee Refuge (or Kings Bay Manatee Protection Area). All three (the refuge, sanctuaries and protection area) are managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help protect nearly 600 manatees in Kings Bay each winter.
We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 3 shifts