Outdoor Maintenance/Visitor Services Volunteer

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located along the Mississippi River just south of Natchez, Mississippi. It is well known for the thousands of wading birds, waterfowl, and forest birds, which utilize the dense flooded areas, swamps, bottomland forests, and uplands. Bayou Cocodrie is just across the river in Ferriday, Louisiana, and is comprised mainly of forested bottomlands and managed wetlands. These volunteer positions are primarily located at St. Catherine Creek, with one volunteer position available at Bayou Cocodrie during hunting season.

We are seeking individuals willing to volunteer throughout the year, in flexible five or six-week rotations. We will consider couples if we can find an appropriate position for your partner. Start and end dates are negotiable, and longer terms are negotiable. We are primarily looking for LATE SPRING/SUMMER/EARLY FALL volunteers at this time, to mow (riding mower/zero turn, bushhog) and operate farming equipment, repair and erect signs, repair boardwalks, and some small equipment maintenance. The volunteer will also assist the heavy equipment operator in clearing trees from ATV trails and repair culverts.


RV pads with electric, water, and sewer hookups are available at both refuges with a minimum six week commitment of 20 hours per week, negotiable for a longer term with a minimum of 120 hours of work per resident volunteer for a six-week term. Due to the remote locations of the refuges, cellular phone service is not guaranteed, but is available by the office and is somewhat available at the RV site. Inquire with the refuge manager about other on-site housing options, or if housing is not needed at all. Sorry, no pets are allowed due to wildlife considerations.


  • Yes


  • All applicants must be at least 21 years of age
  • A valid driver license is required
  • Completion of a free online defensive driving course
  • Compliance with volunteer uniform policy


Please submit a brief resume of relevant experience and skills, and list at least two professional or volunteer work references on your application.

Start Date - 2022-06-01

End Date - 2022-12-03

Activities include: Botany;Construction/Maintenance;Fish/Wildlife;General Assistance;GIS/GPS;Planning Office/Clerical;Tour Guide/Interpretation;Trail/Campground Maintenance;Visitor Information;Weed/Invasive Species Control

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: RV/Trailer Pads

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About U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS Visitor Services, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041, US

Mission Statement

Working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats. We are the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is the conservation and management of these important natural resources for the American public.

The agency includes both the National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Fish Hatchery System.

The Service's origins date back to 1871 when Congress established the U.S. Fish Commission to study the decrease in the nation’s food fishes and recommend ways to reverse that decline. (More on our history below.) Today, we are a diverse and largely decentralized organization, employing about 8,000 dedicated professionals working out of facilities across the country.

Children & Youth
Sports & Recreation


We'll work with your schedule.


Sibley, MS 39165



  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Water Recreation


  • People 55+


  • Sunday;Monday;Tuesday;Wednesday;Thursday;Friday;Saturday

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