• Construction/Maintenance • Trail/Campground Maintenance • General Assistance
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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 benefit from the variety of habitats the refuge provides. Assorted water and 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.
Volunteer Heavy Equipment Operator
We are targeting volunteers that are available throughout the fall/winter months, but the start and end dates for this position are very flexible and are available throughout year. Volunteers will commit to working at the refuge 24 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 as heavy equipment operators. Duties include: operating all heavy equipment in a safe and effective manner according to refuge policies; performing daily safety and maintenance checks; cleaning heavy equipment as scheduled and/or required; ensuring that heavy equipment is safely and securely stored; advising refuge staff of any requirements for maintenance or repairs; participating in routine maintenance; maintaining roads in order to ensure safe roadways within the refuge; and performing other related duties. Individual volunteer projects are flexible and will be assigned once the volunteer starts working at the refuge.
We are seeking applicants who have knowledge and USFWS certificates in the following areas: operation of front end loaders, dozers, graders, compactors, and other pieces of heavy equipment; road construction and maintenance techniques; workplace safety requirements and procedures; and equipment cleaning standards and procedures. Preferred attributes include: a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and ability to deal with the public in a courteous and respectful manner. Applicants must have the ability to work outside in all weather conditions with excessive dust or dirt. Position may require bending, lifting, and climbing. 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 email@example.com or mail to Taylor Hackemack, Volunteer Coordinator, 13723 Bluff Lake Road, Brooksville, MS 39739. Please include your dates of availability and 2 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 reserve RV pads on a first contacted, first confirmed basis. Thanks so much 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.