Volunteers are needed as Tractor Operators and Outdoor Work Crew Members for the Fall and Winter of 2013-2014
. This is a three-day per week position (weekdays only), working 8-hour days, mostly out of doors on the refuge working to enhance and maintain habitat for migratory birds an maintain infastructure for visitors.
Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
Completing the necessary on-line and hands-on training courses (if you do not already possess US FWS certifications). If needed, safely operating agricultural tractors in order to prepare feeding and resting habitat for migratory birds. Logging and performing routine maintenance on tractors and other equipment. Following the directions of the Maintenance Work Leader and obeying all safety regulations. Assisting with other work projects as assigned in order to accomplish refuge objectives in a dynamic work environment. Maintenance workers and the volunteers that assist them are the muscle of the refuge. The work that they carry out is absolutely essential to the refuge mission of providing high quality habitat for migrtory birds and a safe wildlfe viewing experience for the visiting public. Our maintenance workers have decades of combined experience in caring for the refuge. Do you have the right stuff to help them achieve their goals?
You will be provided with the necessary safety gear to carry out your duties, which may include safety toe boots.
Information about the local community:
Recreational opportunities and weather: Bosque del Apache NWR is located 90 miles south of Albuquerque and 18 miles south of Socorro. The refuge is located in the arid zone of New Mexico and is generally quite dry. The mountain ranges to the west and the Rio Grande Valley to the east give the area a moderate climate throughout the year. Approximately 5" of precipitation occur during the period November through March. Summers can be hot and dry.
We are close to National Forests, spectacular Bureau of Land Management scenery, interesting National Park Service historic sites and state and county parks. There are numerous opportunities to hike, bike and explore historical sites as well as beautiful canyons.
Accommodations are provided.
Our RV community is a level, graveled circular area consisting of 22 pads each with water, sewer, electric, phone hookups and wireless internet access. Propane is provided for volunteers to fill their own tanks. The Bosque Lounge and Visitor Center are located just a short walk away.
The Bosque Lounge is available for volunteer use and features, free laundry with detergent provided, a commercial kitchen stocked with cooking utensils, extra freezer and refrigerator space, an ice machine, outdoor BBQ grills, a restroom with shower, a dry sauna, a pool table, a piano, a lending library of fiction books, a phone for local calls, two computers with internet access and plenty of room to meet as a group, hold special dinners, play cards or layout a puzzle.
We do not offer meal reimbursement, a living allowance or stipend.
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