• Fish/Wildlife • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Located at the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, this area is one of the most important avian migration funnels in North America. Each fall, like colorful clockwork, the refuge is the scene of a spectacular drama as millions of songbirds and monarch butterflies and thousands of raptors converge on their voyage south. Favorable weather patterns push migrating species through the area in waves. Clouds of tree swallows swirl overhead and flame orange and black-winged monarch butterflies float aloft. Protected habitats such as these provide critical stopover areas where birds and butterflies can rest and feed before resuming their arduous journey.
Volunteers play an important role in the biological programs at the refuge. Volunteers directly affect the quality and success of refuge operations; visitors’ safety, comfort, and enjoyment; and the public’s understanding and image of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Opportunity for Biological Assistant
The refuge seeks a biological volunteer to assist the refuge staff with upkeep of public use areas, facilities and equipment. Ideal candidates should have experience with operating trucks, identifying plants, GIS and GPS systems, and invasive species removal with hand tools. Expereince identifying invasive plants in Virginia coastal ecosystems would be very helpful but is not required.
Housing: Bunkhouse style housing is available in exchange for 32 hours/week per person. Shared laundry, shower, and bathroom facilities are provided on site as well as access to WIFI. The refuge also has multiple RV pads with electrical, water, and sewer provided in exchange for 24 hours/week of service per person.
Local Information: Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR is located in Cape Charles, VA situated near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and several coastal communities where local grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, and beaches are a short 5-20 minute drive from the refuge. The refuge is located 3 miles from Kiptopeke State Park and many other outdoor recreation oppurtunites.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please feel free to call and/or send a resume and a minimum of three references to the contact listed above.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Bunkhouse is available in exchange for 32 hours per week of volunteer service. Shared laundry, bathroom, and shower facilities are provided on site as well as access to WIFI. The refuge also has RV pads with electrical, water, and sewer provided in exchange for 24 hours/week of service per person.