• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
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Volunteer(s), workampers, workamper teams, will be responsible for staffing the visitor center information desk.
Description of Duties
Provide excellent customer services including accurate information about refuge rules, programs, and opportunities to the visiting public.
Additional opportunities such as leading public programs, roving refuge trails, assisting the Karner Korner Nature Store, outreach programs, visitor center grounds/facilities work and assisting with volunteer biological duties may also be available, but not required.
Benefits to :
Personal enrichment and experience working in within a national wildlife refuge setting
Becoming a team member with a nationally recognized Friends organization.
Living, working, and enjoying Central Wisconsin’s outdoor wonders.
Goal/Outcome of job:
Provide efficient, courteous services, and provide helpful information to refuge visitors
Excellent oral communication skills
Team oriented and friendly
Ability to work independently
Knowledge, or being able to learn about, the local area and resources helpful
Retail sales experience helpful
Familiarity with FWS history, policies, rules, regulations, legislation, and similar guidelines
Willingness to learn and try new ways of doing things helpful
Volunteer will need to be available for visitor center assistance on Thursdays, Fridays, and some Saturdays or Wednesdays. Schedules are set by month and as far in advance as possible.
Visitor Center Desk volunteer(s) will work under the supervision of the Visitor Services Manager.
Work is performed primarily indoors, chairs are available and standing for short periods of time are possible.
Project Duration: Ongoing (2-3 month minimum)
Hours per week: 21 hour minimum
Location: Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is located 5 minutes from Necedah, WI in the remnants of Glacial Lake Wisconsin. Now a convergence of wetlands, prairies, oak savannas, and mixed forests, Necedah is the summer home to the endangered whooping crane and year-round home of the Karner blue butterfly. Necedah NWR also boasts a biodiversity of over 230 bird species including red-headed woodpeckers, American bitterns, eagles, and we cannot forget our mammals that include wolves, black bears, badgers, white-tailed deer and so many more. Visitors and workampers can enjoy over 13 miles of trails in six different locations as well as nearby state parks and other recreation areas.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: The bunkhouse is like a townhouse really. Two identical houses, each with two bathrooms, two bedrooms (two-three same gender people/room) with an open living room/kitchen and a great big mud room with a washer and dryer. The bunkhouse is about 1/4 mile from the main refuge office (4 miles from town).
Included in the bunkhouse are, twin beds, refrigerator, stove, microwave, cooking/baking items, dishes, silverware, glasses, dish soap and cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags, vacuum, broom, mop, outdoor gas grill, local phone and space for a television if someone were to bring one. Residents would need their own bedding, laundry detergent, personal items, toiletries, food, alarm clock, bath towels, etc.
RV pads are being developed this summer. Work camper couples are welcome to park their RV onsite, but hookups are not available yet.