• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Resident volunteers at Seney NWR typically spend most of their time assisting the maintenance and visitor services programs. Projects are likely to include:
Welcoming and orienting visitors (One or two shifts (9am - 1pm or 1pm 5pm) at the Visitor Center Welcome Desk, which also includes assisting with sales for the Seney Natural History Association bookstore.
Mowing and trimming (around the headquarters area, residences, air quality station, visitor center, entrance road, nature trail, kiosks, etc)
As a resident volunteer we would ideally like you to work from mid-May or early June through August or September and we request at least 20 hours of volunteer work per week in exchange for an RV site with electric (50 amp), water and sewer hookups plus access to laundry facilities. The RV site is located about seven miles south of the refuge headquarters on the Manistique River Road. The RV “pads” consists of a gravel spot at the edge of a lovely field surrounded by hardwood forest. A Bunkhouse is also located at this site which houses up to 12 summer interns, seasonal staff and researchers. TV reception is bad. Cell phone reception is mixed (Verizon seems to be better than AT&T). There is no WiFi service. There is WiFi at the Headquarters. Pets are allowed on refuge grounds on a leash. The closest amenities are about 5 miles away, the closest amenities that include a grocery and library are about 20-40 miles away. Three of the largest towns in the Upper Peninsula (populations of 12,000-20,000) are each about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Seney. Insects can be troublesome including blackflies, ticks, mosquitoes, deerflies and grasshoppers.
Recreational opportunities on the Refuge, during the summer months include, hiking, biking, paddling, fishing and of course wildlife watching. Being situated halfway between lakes Michigan and Superior and surrounded by other public lands (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Hiawatha National Forest, Tahquamenon State Park...) means there are lots of opportunities for exploring during "off" time
If you join us, you will also be joining a fairly large group of local volunteers. Most of our local volunteers work at the Visitor Center welcome desk and assist with selling merchandise from the bookstore. A few other volunteers help with maintenance, administrative duties, native landscaping and species monitoring. Throughout the summer we try to have monthly social gatherings and presentations about current refuge research and activities. These are great opportunities to get introduced to the volunteer program, meet the staff and other volunteers, and learn about the refuge.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: RV site with electric (50 amp), water and sewer hookups plus access to laundry facilities. The RV site is located about seven miles south of the refuge headquarters.. The RV “pads” consists of a gravel spot at the edge of a lovely field surrounded by hardwood forest. A Bunkhouse is also located at this site which houses up to 12 summer interns, seasonal staff and researchers.