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The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Complex) consists of 5 Refuges (Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa, Sutter, and Sacramento River) and three Wildlife Management Areas. It is in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, a migratory route for millions of waterfowl. The Complex attracts millions of waterfowl along with thousands of visitors.
Volunteers play a vital role in the visitor services program at the Complex. Volunteers will work primarily on-site and on the weekends during the winter providing visitors with information about the Complex and its resources. Volunteers directly affect the effectiveness, quality and success of the Complex operations; visitors’ safety, comfort, and enjoyment; and the public’s understanding and image of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Complex.
Primary duties can include: staffing the visitor center, answering phones, conducting tours and educational programs, assisting with the hunt program, providing interpretive services such as working special events (on and off the refuge), driving the auto tour to interact with visitors, assisting with large mailings, restocking brochures mowing, weeding, and light maintenance. Volunteers must have the ability to work effectively with people of various perspectives and have patience and tact with visitors and school groups. Additional duties may vary depending on individual interest, skills, and talents.
The Complex also hosts special events and assists with national/state programs such as the Junior Duck Stamp Program. In the spring, thousands of entries will arrive from students throughout the state and will be sorted and entered in a database. In March, the Complex facilitates a large judging event. The season concludes with the artwork being organized, sorted, and returned to the students.
More information can be found on the volunteer page of website.
Volunteers must possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive FWS vehicles (including a 12-passenger van). A screening, which includes a DMV and background check, is required.
Housing: Four RV pads and space in the bunkhouse are available for the season.
Resident/local volunteers are needed for at least 3 months.
The ability to work October through January/February will get priority.
Local residents are also encouraged to apply and are required to work at least 2-3 times per month.
Local Information: Headquarters is located near the town of Willows (population ~6,000) where the local economy is based around agriculture. Willows has all the primary necessities (grocery store, restaurants, Walmart, etc.). Headquarters is also located about 45 minutes from Chico (population ~90,000) and about 1.25 hours from Sacramento.
Applications accepted until positions are filled (typically mid/late-August).
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: RV pads and shared space in the bunkhouse are available. RV pads are located next to the bunkhouse with electric, water, and propane. Currently, there is no sewage at the RV pad but the refuge pays to get the RV pumped out 1x/week. Space in the bunkhouse is limited. Bunkhouse has laundry facility, showers, restrooms, television, wireless internet, and a double kitchen. Two mile walking trail nearby (daylight only). Great views of wildlife all the time!