Visitor Center Host - Fall 2025

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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Front Desk Volunteers are the first faces that greet visitors as they arrive to the visitor center. Volunteers provide quality customer service by providing orientation, information, and informal interpretation to visitors. This is done by answering visitor questions via incoming phone calls and visitor questions at the front desk. Volunteers help visitors understand refuge recreational opportunities, refuge regulations, refuge navigation, seasonal area/road closures, and how to appropriately view wildlife. During certain times of year there can be a high volume of questions related to injured/abandoned wildlife, hunting regulations, and detailed bird-related questions that require a precise/accurate answer or a referral to another organization. In addition to these duties, volunteers play the refuge orientation film for visitors, sell America the Beautiful Public Lands passes, sell Federal Duck Stamps, and handle sales for the Nature Store operated by the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association. In the absence of refuge rangers, volunteers may also be responsible for opening and closing the Visitor Center, Observation Building, and opening/closing the entrance gates to the Visitor Center. Front Desk Volunteers work closely with refuge rangers and may be asked to help with other tasks as needs arise.


An RV pad will be provided to volunteers with water, electric, and sewer hookups. A new volunteer "clubhouse" is also available to refuge RV volunteers that includes washers/dryers, a full bathroom, a kitchen, and a small living room.

Start Date - 2025-08-01

End Date - 2025-10-31

Activities include: General Assistance;Visitor Information

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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

2700 Refuge Headquarters RoadDecatur, AL 35603

(34.55591,-86.95126)
 

SKILLS

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Friday;Saturday

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