• Computers • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance
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Make your home among bald eagles, trumpeter swans, loons and wolves! Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 43,000 acres of forests, wetlands, lakes and rivers in NW Minnesota.
This position is a combination of hosting the visitor center and assisting with or leading interpretive programs and environmental education activities. The position also includes light maintenance of visitor use areas. We are looking for a team of two volunteers to fulfill these duties.
Volunteers will provide support to the visitor services staff in a variety of duties. Duties include welcome and orient visitors; providing helpful and accurate information including recreation opportunities and wildlife viewing. Open and/or close the visitor center. Operate gift shop including cash register sales and assist gift shop manager with pricing and restocking inventory. Answer and direct calls to staff, receive deliveries. Operate audio visual equipment. Light cleaning and maintenance of visitor center and bird feeding station. Assist with planning and staffing special events including spring Festival of Birds and the annual Fall Festival. Assist with or lead environmental education activities for school groups (spring and fall), Boys and Girls Club, and other youth groups. Present interpretive programs such as walks, talks, tours, children’s programs depending on skills and interest. Assist with outreach events and activities. Volunteers will work weekends.
Monitor information kiosks including stocking brochures and cleaning. Monitor hiking trails including litter pick-up and light maintenance. Clean public restroom weekly. Assist with recycling as needed. Assist with data entry or other administrative projects depending on skills and interest. Individual projects are available depending on volunteer interests and refuge needs. Opportunities to assist biology staff will be available as well.
Ideal candidates have the ability to communicate with a wide variety of visitors while providing excellent customer service. Must enjoy working with people including children. Physically able to do light cleaning and some lifting. Willing to explore the refuge and to learn about the ecology, wildlife and plants of the area. Background in customer service and education desired.
Training is provided.
A background check is required per U.S Fish and Wildlife policy. Valid driver’s license and completion of defensive driving course is required.
An RV pad with electrical, water and sewer and wifi internet connection will be provided in exchange for 24 hours/week of service from each volunteer.
A minimum of a 3 month commitment is required (mid-April to mid-July, mid-July to mid-October)
Can be flexible with start and end dates. Please indicate on your application time frame you are available.
We will begin reviewing applications on December 20, 2019 and hope to make selections by end of January or sooner.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Small shed for additional storage, picnic table, a clothesline, and laundry facilities. Concrete walk out from gravel RV pad.
WiFi access at RV pads
Small pets may be allowed with permission.