• Construction/Maintenance • Computers • Conservation Education • Research Library • Office/Clerical • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Position Description: We are looking for couples or individuals willing to assist us for FALL 2019 (August - November) with one or all of the following: • Refuge maintenance projects including minor plumbing, carpentry, painting, masonry and janitorial work; • Gardening projects related to landscape and trail maintenance; • Photographing a variety of natural resources; • Clerical activities, such as filing and answering the phone at the front desk.• Presenting educational programs for students in local classrooms, on Big Branch Marsh and Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuges and at the Bayou Lacombe Center in Lacombe, Louisiana; • Staffing the complex visitor center
Maintenance projects make up a bulk of the duties and vary from electrical, plumbing, construction, woodworking and everything in between.
Visitor center duties include: greet visitors, provide refuge and local information, answer telephones, answer visitor questions, respond to visitor correspondences, distribute brochures, operate cash register to sell bookstore items, stock bookstore supplies and brochures and operate some audio/visual equipment.
Gardening volunteers are needed to assist with our efforts to restore and maintain historic, formal camellia gardens on the Bayou Lacombe Center property. Activities include weeding, pruning, mulching, removal of debris, etc. All activities are outside and MAY require bending over, kneeling, lifting and using basic gardening tools such as pruning shears, wheelbarrows, etc. Level of activity can be determined by volunteer.
Since many people request a winter/spring position, we have a selection process for potential volunteers. If you are not selected for a particular season a waiting list will be availalbe.The waiting list is not in first come, first serve order. When we have a vacancy we will go through the waiting list and look for volunteers who have skills needed to complete projects we have at the time. In some cases we may need potential volunteers with a heavy maintenance background. In others we may only need people interested in working in our visitor center. The range of skills that we need from volunteers varies by season and project funding.
Compensation: The complex has five RV pads with cement patios and full hook ups (water, electric and sewer). Amenities for RV volunteers include community washer/dryer building, gas grill and picnic pavilion. Pets are allowed but must be under control at ALL times and non-intrusive to others. Use of RV pad will require at least three, eight hour days for couples and four, eight hour days for individuals. The schedule is flexible; weekdays, weekends and holidays may be worked. All volunteers are given an orientation to eight National Wildlife Refuges in southeast Louisiana and a volunteer hat, shirt and jacket. Please check for availability. Fall/winter slots fill quickly, while spring/summer positions are usually available.
Area: Southeast Louisiana Refuge Complex manages nine National Wildlife Refuges scattered throughout southeastern Louisiana. Habitats range from barrier islands, to coastal wetlands, to piney flatwoods, to one of the most undisturbed swamplands in the country. Some of these refuges are only accessible by boat, while Bayou Sauvage is located within the city limits of New Orleans, making it the largest urban National Wildlife Refuge in the country. The majority of the interpretive programs take place on Bayou Sauvage and Big Branch Marsh refuges, although there are special events on Atchafalaya, Bogue Chitto and Bayou Teche refuges. The complex headquarters and visitor center are located in Lacombe, Louisiana, a few miles north of Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The complex has five RV pads with cement patios and full hook ups (water, electric and sewer). Amenities for RV volunteers include community washer/dryer building, gas grill and picnic pavilion. Pets are allowed but must be under control at ALL times and non-intrusive to others. Use of RV pad will require at least three, eight hour days for couples and four, eight hour days for individuals. The schedule is flexible; weekdays, weekends and holidays may be worked. All volunteers are given an orientation to nine National Wildlife Refuges in southeast Louisiana and a volunteer hat, shirt and jacket.