• Botany • Conservation Education • Historical Preservation • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science • General Assistance
We are seeking volunteers who can be cross-trained within our Visitor Services Program and do the following jobs. Preference will be given to those who can arrive in October/November and stay through March/April to assist us during our busiest season. Volunteers are especially needed from April - September (non-peak season). We are close to the ocean, fishing, birdwatching, dolphins and sea turtles. An interest in nature and conservation is preferred.
Must enjoy and be able to interact with people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds. Volunteers who are flexible and have positive attitudes typically have excellent experiences working in the visitor services program. Training is provided to teach volunteers refuge rules and regulations and how to present interpretive and educational programs to our visitors. Specialized skills such as bird identification are the responsibility of the volunteer. Degree of difficulty: During peak season (December-March), it may require standing longer periods of time.
Visitor Center Operation • Greet and provide information to the general public. • Collect entrance fees and sell Federal entrance passes • Register participants for and provide information about our programs • Sell items for the Friends of LANWR Nature Store, stock and organize merchandise, and operate cash register. • Operate visitor center, including: open/close center; stock bird feeders; stock supplies; answer phones; maintain/cleani interior and exterior public areas to include restroom facilities. • Support staff, Friends and volunteer programs as needed.
Interpretive Guide/Driver • Lead interpretive tours using a prepared script for a wide variety of audiences (bird tours/ Habitat tours on a tram or bus). • Clean and prepare tour vehicle for tours daily • Perform minor maintenance of tour vehicle and report major maintenance needs to Refuge staff • Maintain any necessary equipment such as binoculars, spotting scopes or spotlights. • Ensure safety of passengers at all times • Assist with loading and unloading passengers • Provide information to the general public. • Collect tour fee (where applicable). • Assist with environmental education program (visiting school/youth groups). • Assist with outreach opportunities such as festivals, events, career fairs, talks at RV parks etc. • If driving tour vehicle, must meet driving requirements.