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Recreation Ambassadors play a vital role in protecting and caring for the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge by helping our visitors perform recreational activities safely and responsibly. As Recreation Ambassadors, volunteers will interact with visitors at Adolph Thomae County Park or Bahia Grande(units of Laguna Atascosa NWR) in activities including kayaking and fishing.
Duties of the Recreation Ambassadors include, but are not limited to:
Serve as an ambassador for Laguna Atascosar by guiding visitors in fishing and kayak activities.
Serve as an ambassador for Fishing's Future by providing knowldelge, skills, and education in fishing programs.
Answer questions and provide visitors with high quality and accurate information about safe boating, stewardship, and proper use of the Arroyo Colorado, Laguna Atascosa, and Laguna Madre.
Help keep the refuge clean by collecting trash and other debris while roving.
Represent USFWS as a uniformed USFWS volunteer.
Distribute maps, brochures and other printed materials if neccessary.
Record number of visitor contacts
Shuttle kayaks/canoes and fishing equipment to required destinations.
Perform maintanance of equipment as neccessary.
Good communication skills and desire to interact with visitors.
If conducting tours, must have experience operating a canoe or kayak, knowledge of safe boating principles, and the ability to swim.
Fishing Future Volunteer Certification Course, available upon arrival.
Provide & maintain kayak/canoe, lifejack, & equipment.
Kayak guide certification or kayak safety course certification preferred
minimum 3 days per week (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
minimum 4 month commitment between mid-November through March
intial 2 week orientation required
Questions? Please contact Visitor Services Park Ranger Chris Quezada at Christopher_Quezada@fws.gov
Area Description: The Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is a 100,000 acre refuge located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, stretching along the Laguna Madre. Laguna Atscosa NWR is part of the South Texas Refuge Complex and represents a unique transition between temperate and tropical conditions and, as such, sustains an exceptionally high diversity of plants and animals—some of them found in few, or no other, places in the United States.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Cement RV pad with full hook ups, 30 and 50 amp sites