• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science • General Assistance
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The Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge is currently recruiting for the position of Volunteer Refuge Interpreter and Environmental Educator. This volunteer assignment reports directly to the Visitor Services Manager, and is an excellent opportunity to interact with the visitors and provide them with a unique experience to our refuge. Major duties of this position include interpreting and providing educational information to the public about the natural and cultural resources of the refuge for the purposes of public outreach, environmental education and awareness. Duties may include, but not limited to:
-Conducting field trips and special tours;
-Assisting with special events;
-Researching and preparing refuge information for publications, website, lectures or other informative media;
-Creating, organizing and conducting environmental education and intepretive activities both on and off the refuge, with/for schools, other graoups, organizations and agencies;
Sample interpretive and educational topics include:
-Refuge willdlife (eg. piping plovers, white tail deer, blue crabs, etc.);
-Refuge historical resources such as our WW2 coast artillery casemates, bunkers, and coast artillery batteries:
-Refuge history and use;
Working conditions entail working both indoors and outdoors. May occasionally come into contact with irate visitors or experience discipline problems with school children. A background or interest in birds, birdwatching, conservation, natural history, ecology, history, botany or biology. A college degree or formal education is not neccesary.
Volunteer work may be seasonal or year-round, depending on school schedules, public demand and on weekdays, weekends and evenings.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Our refuge has RV pads available on a first come, first served basis for volunteers.
The Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island is currently recruiting for the position of Volunteer Maintenance Assistant. This volunteer position assists refuge staff with routine maintenance and management of refuge facilities, equipment and habitat. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who enjoy working outdoors, persons who enjoy problem solving, and individuals who enjoy working outdoors in remote settings. Responsibilities include but may not be limited to:
-Trail and building maintenance;
-Carpentry, painting, construction;
-Routine maintenance on refuge-owned vehicles and mechanical equipment;
-non-native and invasive plant removal;
-RV hook up and maintenance residence maintenance
-Fence repair, removal and construction of refuge signs;
-Refuge litter pick up on trails, roads and egress points;
-Landscaping, running errands for maintenance shop;
The ideal volunteer should have an interest or background working on maintenance-type projects. Formal education and training are not necessary; however, experience in the operation of hand and power tools and farm equipment is a plus. Some work requires minimal (or no) technical skills. Other work requires specialized technical skills and abilities. Training may be provided for some duties, and certain jobs will require certification by a service approved trainer.
Must be safety conscious and able to understand and comply with refuge safety regulations. This includes a willingness to wear required protective equipment and garments supplied by the refuge staff or the volunteer. Must be in good physical condition and willing to do laborious physical work in diverse weather conditions. Must have own transportation to and from work and possess a valid driver's license (if eligible).
Work is mostly outdoors, in a variety of weather conditions. May come into contact with mosquitoes, bees, wasps, spiders and snakes. May also come into contact with stinging or thorny vegetation. Certain projects may require working in or traveling through steep, muddy, dense vegetation, fallen logs or shallow water.
Work may be seasonal, mostly during the spring, summer and early fall. Special projects may require volunteers at any time during the year. Some work will require direct supervision and direction by a staff member, which would require a regular work day schedule.
• Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance
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The Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge is currently seeking applicants for the position of a visitor center volunteer. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase interprerative skills, historical and factual knowledge of the area, and provide a welcoming experience to our visitors upon arrival.
Major duties include:
-Staffing the visitor center front desk during hours of operation. This includes working assigned shifts, and depending on shift; opening and closing the visitor center;
-Welcoming and orienting visitors to the refuge. This includes providing an overview of refuge amenities, trails, and unique wildlife to the area. This also includes leading interprerative tours and hosting special groups;
-Answering frequently asked questions and handing out related materials about our refuge;
-Reporting safety, environmental concerns, and mainentance concerns to refuge staff for resolution.
-Performing routine tasks such as answering phones, working the Audio/Video equipment in our refuge classroom to show DVDs, and light general maintenance of exhibits and visitor center amenities.
This is a wonderful opportunity for active adults, seniors, groups, or individuals seeking to share their knowledge of wildlife with visitors.
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• Conservation Education • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Back Country/Wilderness
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The Eastern Shore of Virginia and Fisherman Island National Wildlife Refuge is currently recruiting for a volunteer Refuge Rover. This is an exciting opportunity to lead tour groups outdoors and indoors at our visitor center, and an excellent way to share knowledge of wildlife and conservation with the general public. Duties include:
-Utlizing a vehicle to drive our paved and unpaved refuge trails to interact with visitors. Interaction includes answering general questions, provding insight to refuge amenities, and assisting visitors when needed.
-Picking up litter along trails and paved areas. Also includes trimming brush, cutting grass and removing debris along paved and unpaved trails.
-Leading large and small tour groups along a designated trail and providing meaningful interpretation. This task requires the ability to walk for up to two miles in often adverse weather and the ability to work outdoors on a recurring basis.
• Construction/Maintenance • Computers • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance
Located in the historic "Northern Neck" region of Virginia, the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge affords visitors the opportunity to experience wildlife and a rural landscape similar, in places, to that which Captain John Smith experienced in the early 1600's. The Northern Neck is the northernmost of three peninsulas on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Many important historical figures were born on the Northern Neck, including U.S. presidents George Washington, James Madison, and James Monroe, as well as signers of the Declaration of Independence, Francis Lightfoot Lee and Richard Henry Lee, and the Confederate Civil War general Robert E. Lee.
Our refuge is rural but all general shopping is located within 15 minutes. We are conveniently located 1 hour from Richmond & Fredericksburg, VA. and 2.5 hours from Washington D.C.
In exchange for 24 hours per week per person (couple & single) our volunteer opportunitys include but are not limited to:
Management (under supervision) of the fall white tail deer hunt program. This includes but is not limited to, issuing permits, monitering refuge hunt phone line, preparing special use permits. Volunteers who already have a Certificate of Investigation ( full background check) are given priority for this position. Volunteers must be willing to serve from Sept 15th thru Dec 15th. and be highly organized and able to work independently.
General office assistance
General light maintenance to include mowing, trails, stocking kiosks, painting, etc.
Assitance with special events, including Earth Day Celebration (April), Kids Fishing Day (June), Go Wild (May), occasional special programs for local groups such as bluebird box building, short environmental education etc.
Assit Friends of the Rappahannock with outreach at local off-site festivals and events
General maintenance ( mowing, painting, trails, stocking visitor kiosks)
General office assistance
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: 1 gravel RV pad with full hookup (water, sewer, 50amp electric). Laundry facilities on site. no local TV reception, recommend personal satellite TV. Current site is suitable only for RV 40ft or shorter not including tow vehicle.