Tree Removal Volunteer - OCTOBER-JANUARY - RV site or Housing Included

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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge is a 25,000-acre refuge along the Mississippi River that is renowned for its excellent birdwatching opportunities in every season. It was established in 1990 to provide inviolate sanctuary for waterfowl and migratory birds. Bayou Cocodrie NWR is a 15,000-acre refuge on the west side of Mississippi River established in 1991 to provide bottomland forest habitat for migratory birds. We are looking for a volunteer or two to help specifically with invasive tree removal and treatment.


DUTIES:


The major duties of the position will be to utilize a variety of methods to rid the refuge of problematic trees and standing dead trees. These include mostly tallowtree and willow, which overtake native desirable species in wildlife habitat management. Following strict safety protocols and after proper training/certification, the volunteer(s) may be assigned to use UTVs, canoes, kayaks, and trucks to haul away stems for disposal at a specified site. The work is strenuous and will require the ability to repeatedly exert force, lift, and carry over 50-100 lbs.


Other tasks may include clearing fallen limbs/logs from trails, keeping kiosks stocked with brochures, and miscellaneous duties as assigned by the refuge manager. Additional needs of the refuge include helping out in the maintenance shop, cleaning signs, sweeping, organizing and cleaning tools, small engine repairs, vehicle repairs/oil changes, painting, mopping, and other duties as assigned.


HOUSING:

With a minimum commitment of 24 hours per week for five weeks, per individual, housing is provided free of charge.

Option 1: Sheltered RV spot with full hookups including water, electric, and sewer, and a picnic table. Laundry facilities are available free of charge.

Option 2: Private sparsely-furnished 1br/ba house with one full-size bed, linens, all appliances incl. washer/dryer.

Option 3: Bedroom in shared house with one twin-sized bed, linens, all appliances incl. washer/dryer.


HOW TO APPLY:

Complete the volunteer.gov application. Also, please SEND AN EMAIL to the contact expressing our interest, your experience, your estimated start and end dates of availability, and how many hours you're willing to volunteer. If applying as a couple or group, each person must submit an application.

Start Date - 2024-10-01

End Date - 2025-01-10

Activities include: Back Country/Wilderness;Botany;Construction/Maintenance;Fish/Wildlife;General Assistance;Natural Resources Planning;Soil/Watershed;Trail/Campground Maintenance;Weed/Invasive Species Control

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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

21 Pintail LaneNatchez, MS 39120

(31.3615,-91.41772)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Monday;Tuesday;Wednesday;Thursday;Friday

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