• Construction/Maintenance • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Browns Park NWR is seeking resident Volunteers for the spring/summer and early fall of 2020. The refuge is recruiting general maintenance volunteer couples, or individuals for up to a six month commitment from around May 6 thru October 25. We will consider 3 month minimum commitments, but will be either May-July or Aug- Oct, not in the middle of the 6 month period. Shorter commitments will be considered on a case by case basis.
Assist maintenance staff with day-to-day maintenance and/or special projects or tasks. Examples of Work Projects: Upkeep of facilities, minor vehicle and equipment maintenance, interior and exterior painting, cleaning/organizing buildings, fence repair and construction, sign removal and installation, tree trimming, tree planting, trail maintenance, minor electrical repairs, minor plumbing repairs, clearing brush, roofing repairs, operation of weed whips, mowers, minor carpentry projects, weed control, minor concrete projects, welding projects, litter pickup, general cleaning, collect and empty trash and recyclables, operate hand and power tools, facility construction, washing vehicles, pest and rodent control, and other tasks as needed. May assist in biological duties to include invasive species control, surveys etc.… Four wheel drive truck and trailer operation. UTV/ATV use if needed and if trained. Limited equipment use, based on need, experience, and if certified to operate.
Applicants are required to have a valid state driver's license and will be required to complete an approved online defensive driving course provided by the agency to operate a government vehicle while on duty.
Hours- As a volunteer at Browns Park NWR we ask that you provide a minimum of 24 hours of service per week per person (married couple) and 32 hours per week (single person). Hours will typically be 8 hours per day 7am-3:30pm (1/2 hour lunch) for 3/4 consecutive days. Normal assigned days are Tuesday-Thursday.
Please provide an application plus a resume with references if interested in this volunteer position.
Remote Location & Stores
Browns Park NWR is a remote refuge located in northwest Colorado. The Refuge Office is located within 1 mile of the Utah border and 30 miles of the Wyoming border. The nearest cities with full services are Craig, CO (pop. 9,000) and Rock Springs, WY (pop. 24,000), both of which are 90 miles from the Refuge and require a 1.5 hour drive. Vernal, UT (pop. 10,000) is 80 miles away and requires a 2 hour drive. A personal vehicle is needed to drive for groceries and supplies. This Refuge is remote and therefore does not have easy access to stores or social events.
The RV pad is located within the Sub-HQ resident housing area, which is 10 miles from the Refuge Office. Cell coverage is limited, AT&T and Union Wireless work. Verizon cell phones do not get a signal in Browns Park.
Recreation & Area Information
Browns Park NWR is surrounded by thousands of acres of public land, mostly BLM, which is open to hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing. The Browns Park area holds excellent opportunities for landscape and wildlife photography. The Refuge borders the northern end of Dinosaur National Monument, the Colorado and Utah visitor centers are both a 3 hour drive from the Refuge Office. The Green River in Utah provides world class fly fishing along with white-water rafting and kayaking opportunities. The Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area is 1.5 hours away and offers many recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, and rentals for white-water rafting and boating on the reservoir.
Browns Park has much to offer for anyone with an interest in history; Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch used the valley as a hideaway and worked for resident ranchers in the late 1800’s. The famous Bassett sisters were raised in the valley and fought the 2-Bar Ranch, which is located on the Refuge. The Fremont Indians left petroglyphs around the area 10,000 years ago.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: We provide 1 gravel pad for motor homes or travel trailers.
Electrical, water and sewer included. There is also a shared full size washer, dryer, refrigerator, adjacent to the pad.
The pad is in a very rural remote setting approximately 50 NW of the town Maybell CO, at the refuge sub-headquarters compound next to the Green River.