Visitor Services Assistant fall 2024

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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

One individual (or one couple) volunteer Visitor Services Assistant, with duties focusing on outreach and environmental education, is needed for a ~15 week position beginning August 2024 at the Alaska Peninsula & Becharof National Wildlife Refuges, with offices located in King Salmon, Alaska. Benefits include airfare from a major US airport, housing, and some food expenditure (we provide food while in the field OR reimbursement for food/incidentals pending receipts for up to $35/day while in King Salmon) in exchange for volunteering 20 hours/week toward refuge activities. This is not a paid position.

The Alaska Peninsula and Becharof National Wildlife Refuges’ lands extend some 350 miles from King Salmon to Cold Bay. Massive volcanoes topped with glaciers dominate the Aleutian Mountain Range that forms the spine of Refuge lands. These mountains create a divide, separating the rocky Pacific shores from the lakes and marshes of the Bristol Bay coastal plain. Combined, the two Refuges protect an impressive array of wildlife, including five species of Pacific salmon, brown bears, moose, caribou, and seabirds. For more information and photos please visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/alaska-peninsula/about-us

King Salmon is a remote Alaskan Village, one of three that make up the Bristol Bay Borough. Boasting the largest run of Sockeye Salmon in the world, the population between King Salmon and the neighboring village of Naknek booms from a winter population around 800 to well over 13,000 in the summer. King Salmon is situated off of the road system, and is only accessible by plane.

DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Assist and provide support in staffing and maintaining the King Salmon Interagency Visitor Center;


  • Develop and implement educational programming on the Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar contest and other environmental education topics. These programs may be in person or remote.

  • Assist with the Refuges’ participation in community bazaars and events;


  • Assist with the Refuges’ social media presence, particularly through the development of content for Facebook;


  • Assist with the special use permit program by drafting routine permit documents (for signature and issuance by FWS staff) and managing permit files.

REQUIREMENTS:

- provide support on weekends and some holidays, this may include overnight travel to remote locations

- ability to work with public and USFWS staff and volunteers of all ages in a professional manner

- ability to work with minimal supervision and in a group

- valid drivers’ license

- enthusiasm and desire to protect natural habitats and assist visitors in connecting with nature.

Start Date - 2024-08-10

End Date - 2024-11-16

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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

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WHERE

4 Bear Road PO Box 277King Salmon, AK 99613

(58.6932,-156.690)
 

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REQUIREMENTS

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

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