• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance
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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 as an overlay of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center for the protection of migratory birds. Consisting of 140,000 acres, the Refuge provides a wide variety of habitats: coastal dunes, saltwater marshes, freshwater impoundments, scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks that provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals and 15 federally listed species. Located less than an hour east of Orlando and less than an hour south of Daytona, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge sees over one million people annually.
This position is for Summer 2019 from May 2019 through October 2019.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is located in Central Florida along the Atlantic Coast and has two RV pads with full hookups available for work campers. To stay on a pad, volunteers are required to work 24 hours per week. Due to high interest, volunteers must be able to commit two and a half months minimum for summer season.
24 hours per week, 3 month minimum year round
Volunteers might be asked to work on weekends and holidays.
Orient visitors to recreational activities such as hiking, bird watching, and fishing.
Greet visitors to the refuge and provide them with information about the area and programs and activities offered.
Answer the phone in the Visitor Center and provide information.
Help keep the Visitor Center area clean and presentable to visitors.
Help educate visitors about the cultural and natural resources in and around Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
May assist with special programs and events.
Sell daily and annual passes for the refuge as well as all federal lands.
Carry out maintenance operations by removing trash from various locations on the refuge
Assist with administrative office work
Ensure brochure racks remain stocked
Assist refuge staff with various tasks
Enjoy working with the public.
Be able to deal with a high volume of visitors under occasionally hectic situations.
Have knowledge or a willingness to learn about the refuge's natural resources.
Have the ability to communicate effectively with people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures.
Written and oral communication skills.
Contribute as a team player working with a diverse group of people
Volunteers may be working in conditions, typical of Central Florida, including heat, humidity and mosquitoes.
Summer conditions in Central Florida can be very taxing. Work campers have the ability to work either 3 eight-hour days or 4 six-hour days depending on tolerance of weather and working conditions.
Benefits to Volunteers
Gain knowledge of the operations of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Meet other employees and volunteers
Opportunities to talk with people from all over the world
Learn about many aspects of the refuge's natural resources
Opportunities to gain recognition items based on cumulative service
Work campers are expected to stay a minimum of three months working 24-hour weeks to be able to use the RV pad available from May 2019 through October 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Emily DeLanzo at Emily_DeLanzo@fws.gov or (321)861-0668.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is located in Central Florida along the Atlantic Coast and has two RV pads with full hookups available for work campers. The RV pads are located in a gated housing area 1/4 mile past the visitor center beside the shared Refuge housing. Washer and dryers are present on site at no cost to volunteers.