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Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge is located in Jackson County, MS -- with its headquarters in the town of Gautier, MS. We are approximately 45 minutes from the city of Mobile, AL and 1 hour 45 minutes from New Orleans, LA on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The refuge consists of just under 20,000 acres of pine savanna, bayous, and Gulf Coast prairies and is home to the critically endangered Mississippi Sandhill Crane. The Mississippi sandhill crane can only be found in Jackson County MS, with approximately 130 birds left in the wild. The refuge also provides habitat for many migratory and grassland bird species that greatly benefit from the variety of habitats the refuge provides. In addition, the spring months offer outstanding wildflower viewing -- with the pine savanna being one of the most diverse plant communities in North America -- second only to the tropics! The refuge offers visitors excellent opportunities to participate in hiking, wildlife photography, wildlife observation, environmental education, and research.
Late Spring/Summer at Mississippi Sandhill Crane NWR is can be muggy and warm with average temperatures ranging from 75 degrees to 85 degrees.
Volunteer Park Ranger
We are looking for volunteers that are available throughout the late spring/summer months (3 month minimum, April-May-June ideal), but the start and end dates for this position can be flexible. Volunteers can expect to work 3 days a week, typically starting around 9:00 am. Both individuals and couples are welcome to apply. Volunteers will work as part of a team of refuge volunteers directed by the Visitor Use Manager.
We are seeking volunteers to serve in and around the visitor center to help ensure that our visitors have a memorable and safe experience while enjoying all the refuge has to offer. Duties for this position include providing orientation and information to visitors; answering telephone and other information requests; taking reservations for programs and tours; operating audio/visual equipment; performing opening/closing duties at the center; performing minor maintenence and cleaning of the visitor use areas, performing groundskeeping and trail work, and assisting the park ranger with special projects and events. Individual projects are available based on the volunteer's interests and refuge needs. We hope to make our volunteer experience rewarding for all involved!
We are seeking applicants who have strong customer service skills and some public speaking ability. The ideal candidate for this position has the ability to communicate with a wide variety of visitors while maintaining a positive attitude, shows enthusiasm for serving the public, and expresses desire to learn about and explore the refuge. While natural history knowledge is helpful, it is not required. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. On-site orientation, training, and a uniform will be provided.
The refuge headquarters is located in Gautier, MS. Gautier and neighboring Ocean Springs has a variety of shopping centers, restaurants, grocery stores and hospitals. We are 30 minutes from Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport. The refuge is located approximately 15 minutes from Keesler Air Force Base. For more information on attractions along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, visit: www.gulfcoast.org
How to Apply:
Applicants are encouraged to e-mail a cover letter and resume to Melissa_Perez@fws.gov. Please include your dates of availability with three references. 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.
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