Volunteers will assist with maintaining Refuge lands, facilities, vehicles, watercraft and equipment. Locations will include the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge properties including the Three Sisters Springs unit and the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge maintenance facilities in Homosassa.
Projects may include but are not limited to mowing, weed control, grounds maintenance, clearing of trees and brush, maintenance of structures and facilities, equipment repair, and minor construction projects.
Report damaged or broken property/equipment, safety hazards or injuries to staff.
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.