Rocky shore and seabird interpretive host

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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages six National Wildlife Refuges that span 320 miles of Oregon’s scenic coastline. Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge includes 1,853 rocks, reefs and islands along the Oregon coast that provide habitat for 1.2 million nesting seabirds including Common Murre, Tufted Puffin, Pigeon Guillemot, Black Oystercatcher, Pelagic Cormorant, Brandt’s Cormorant, and Western Gull. Although these rocks and islands are closed to public use year round for public safety and to provide undisturbed sanctuary for marine wildlife, there are many locations along the coast where visitors can view seabirds and marine mammals. This is the case at Harris Beach State Recreation Area where visitors to the park get distant views of seabirds nesting on Goat Island as well as seals and sea lions that use the island as a haulout.


Oregon State Parks manages Oregon’s Ocean Shore Recreation Area, which includes all beaches and rocky shores along the coast. Rocky shores are a defining feature of the dramatic 360-mile long coastline of Oregon; in fact the rocky intertidal habitat along Harris Beach is open to public use and is a popular location for visitors in the summer months. Harris Beach has special protection as a State Marine Garden, one of only seven in Oregon. Marine Gardens are areas targeted for educational programs that allow visitors to enjoy and learn about intertidal resources by making it illegal to collect any marine invertebrate.


The volunteer(s) will be responsible for providing interpretation for visitors on the seabirds, marine mammals and tidepools at a few locations weekly: Harris Beach State Park, Lone Ranch beach and Arch Rock wayside. It may also include visiting other locations within the Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor. Specifically, the volunteer will be roving the beaches, rocky intertidal areas and viewing platforms to engage with visitors about the natural history of the marine environment. The volunteer will be expected to work cooperatively with Oregon State Park staff and its volunteers.

Start Date - 2023-05-19

End Date - 2023-08-21

Activities include: Conservation Education;Tour Guide/Interpretation;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: 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

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Environmental Education
  • Interpreter
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Water Recreation

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

N/A

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