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Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is seeking volunteers to provide customer service at the visitor center by staffing the center’s front desk, answering visitor questions, performing light cleaning duties, and helping with the recreation fee program. This is a great opportunity to work with the public, in one Mississippi’s most beautiful and unique wildlife refuges.
Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is located in three counties (Noxubee, Oktibbeha, and Winston) and was created from lands obtained through the 1930s Resettlement Administration. The refuge consists of pine and hardwood forest types which provide unique habitat types that the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker relies on. This population of woodpeckers is one of only four sites the species can be seen in the state. In addition, many neotropical migratory bird species greatly benefit from the variety of habitats the refuge provides. Four green-tree reservoirs (GTRs), two major lakes (Bluff Lake – 900 acres and Loakfoma Lake – 400 acres), 16 small impoundments, and assorted wetland areas provide important habitat for the wood stork, American alligator, bald eagle, and wintering waterfowl. The refuge is enjoyed by over 150,000 visitors annually who participate in activities including fishing, hunting, hiking, wildlife photography, wildlife observation, environmental education, and research.
Fall/Winter at Noxubee:
Fall/Winter at Noxubee is comfortable with average temperatures ranging from 80 degrees to 50 degrees. This unique climate provides visitors with a wonderful opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife. Some of the wildlife that can be found on the refuge throughout the fall/winter months is – muscadines, migrating waterfowl, woodcocks, bald eagles, deer, squirrels, osprey, and horned owls. Days are generally sunny with occasional afternoon rain events.
Volunteer Park Ranger
We are looking for volunteers that are available throughout the fall/winter months, but the start and end dates for this position are very flexible. Volunteers will commit to working at the refuge 32 hours a week, 3-4 days a week, typically starting around 7:00 am. Both individuals and couples are welcome to apply.
We are seeking volunteers to serve in the visitor center to help ensure that the center can remain open and that our visitors have a memorable and safe experience at the refuge. We expect to utilize at least three volunteers to supplement our refuge park ranger. Our volunteers perform similar duties as our refuge park ranger. These duties include providing interpretation, orientation, and information to visitors; collecting fees and selling permits to visitors; running the refuge check stations throughout the fall/winter hunting seasons; providing telephone and receptionist services; performing opening/closing duties at the visitors center; maintaining the cleanliness of the visitors center, restrooms, and front desk area; and assisting the park ranger with special projects and events. Individual volunteer projects are flexible and will be assigned once the volunteer starts working at the refuge.
We are seeking applicants who have strong customer service skills and some public speaking ability. Natural history knowledge is helpful, but more important is the ability to communicate in a clear, friendly, and enthusiastic way with a wide variety of people. Preferred attributes include: a positive attitude, a patient disposition, a desire to learn about and explore the refuge, enthusiasm for serving the public, and a strong work ethic. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and must pass a federal background check prior to starting. Onsite training will be provided to suitable candidates.
Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is located about 16 miles south of Starkville, MS. Starkville has a variety of shopping centers, restaurants, and grocery stores. Nearby attractions include Mississippi State University, Tombigbee National Forest, John W. Starr Memorial Forest, Legion State Park, Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi State University Golf Course, and Lake Tiak-O’Khata.
How to Apply:
Applicants are encouraged to e-mail a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Taylor Hackemack, Volunteer Coordinator, 13723 Bluff Lake Road, Brooksville, MS 39739. Please include your dates of availability and 3 references with phone numbers. You may also apply online, through this website, but preference will be given to applicants who apply directly. There is no application deadline, but we plan to begin reviewing applications as soon as we receive them. Thanks for your interest!
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The refuge will provide volunteers with a full hook-up 50-amp trailer pad plus access to free garbage and laundry facilities. Volunteers will also have access to 15 GB of shared Wi-Fi.