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Visitor Services/Nature Center Helper

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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This is a unique opportunity for a nature-loving, creative, artist to revitalize a visitor services program for the refuges The nature center needs to be repainted on the interior, installing creative and refuge season-appropriate displays and exhibits. Scientific literature researcher and writers are encouraged to apply.


Primary duties of this volunteer position include maintaining displays/kiosks/bulletins, answering phones, filing and office organization, and interaction with visitors in the nature center. Interpretation through design of displays, brochures, kiosk displays, and refuge signage placement are possible duties. Depending on experience and workload, there may be opportunity to give interpretive talks and hikes, or to assist with bird surveys/wildlife tasks, trail maintenance, litter pickups, or boardwalk repairs. If additional outdoor work is desired, tending to the pollinator garden is encouraged. GIS skills would be awesome for developing some maps, but it is not a requirement for this volunteer position.


Work schedule will be pre-arranged with the station manager.


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. This position is primarily located at St. Catherine Creek NWR.


HOUSING:

RV pads with electric, water, and sewer hookups are available at both refuges with a minimum six week commitment of 24 hours per week per resident, negotiable for a longer 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 with the signal booster (provided). Inquire with the refuge manager if housing is not needed at all. For enrolled college students, a student house is available with a furnished, private bedroom and shared bath, with laundry on-site. Sorry, no pets are allowed due to wildlife considerations. Tent camping is not permitted on either refuge, nor are open fires.

Start Date - 2022-04-03

End Date - 2023-01-31

Activities include: Botany;Conservation Education;Fish/Wildlife;General Assistance;GIS/GPS;Historical Preservation;Natural Resources Planning;Planning Office/Clerical;Research/Librarian;Science;Soil/Watershed;Tour Guide/Interpretation;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: Bunk House;RV/Trailer Pads

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About U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Location:

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.

Description

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.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Environment
Sports & Recreation
Children & Youth, Environment, Sports & Recreation

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

76 Pintail LaneSibley, MS 39165

(31.37885,-91.39828)
 

SKILLS

  • Environmental Education
  • Interpreter
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Water Recreation

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

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

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