Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Resident Volunteer/Workcamper

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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge hosts resident volunteers at an RV site in Homosassa. This campground is next to the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge maintenance shop and offices, approximately twenty minutes from the main office. Each site has electric (30/50amp), water and sewer hook-up, and a laundry facility is available on the property. There is cell coverage with good strength depending on the service carrier and WiFi is provided and fairly reliable. Work campers will primarily serve in one or two positions based on their strengths and preferences. Options for roles include working in the Nature Store & Visitor Center, paddling on Manatee Watch, interpreting on the Boardwalk, helping with maintenance, and conducting interpretive and education programs. There are many areas in which workcampers can be of great use to the refuges in the complex. Chassahowitzka and Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuges may also utilize these volunteers. A couple must commit to 24 hours of service per week. A single person must commit to 32 hours of service per week. A commitment with arrival prior to the first week of October and departure after March 31st is preferred, as these are the dates for the open and close of manatee season- the high visitation season at the refuge. We will accept commitments of other lengths if available and the need exists.

Start Date - 2024-10-01

End Date - 2025-04-01

Activities include: Campground Maintenance;Conservation Education;General Assistance;Tour Guide/Interpretation;Trail/Campground Maintenance;Visitor Information

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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.


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1502 S.E. Kings Bay DriveCrystal River, FL 34429







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