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Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is seeking a volunteer to organize collected field data in a way that helps the refuge implement more efficient biological management decisions. Volunteer will work primarily with electronic data and use complex software systems to maintain and organize data.
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 Data Manager
We are looking for a volunteer that is available throughout the fall/winter months, but the start and end dates for this position are very flexible. Volunteer will commit to working at the refuge 32 hours a week, 3-4 days a week, typically starting around 7:00 am.
We are seeking a volunteer to serve as a data manager. Volunteer will primarily work indoors at the refuge visitor’s center. We expect to utilize at least one volunteer to supplement our refuge staff. The volunteer will be responsible for the following duties: maintaining a close working relationship with the refuge staff; ensuring the data system is operational; troubleshooting data submission errors and data error issues; performing and documenting procedures for data preparation including data cleaning, standardization, and analysis; developing and implementing evaluation methodology related to various biological studies to determine completeness and adequacy of the data collection procedure; 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 a background in data management, have strong analytical skills, are able to communicate effectively with others, are detail oriented, and have strong problem solving skills. 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 Steve Reagan, Project Leader, 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. Volunteer will also have access to 15 GB of shared Wi-Fi.