• 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.
• Construction/Maintenance • Other • Soil/Watershed • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Volunteers will assist the Refuge with day-to-day operations of this 125,000-acre coastal marsh refuge. Most duties involve upkeep of nine recreation areas, public restrooms, and the refuge office site. The refuge receives over 300,000 visits each year from visitors who fish, hunt, observe and photograph nature, and hike trails.
Duties include daily litter pick-up, cutting and removing crab strings from docks, weed eating, mowing, painting, carpentry, cleaning/stocking public restrooms at the Wetland Walkway, brochure distribution to kiosks, traffic counter data collection, sign installation, assisting with SW LA NWR Complex events, and other duties as opportunities/needs arise.
A minimum of 24 hours of service for each individual per week is required. Refuge has three sites with full hookups, including electricity, water and sewer. Commitment of at least 3 months is preferred. A valid state driver’s license is required to operate government vehicles. References are required and contacted. Friendly, well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: 3 RV pads with full hookups electric, water, and sewer.
• Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance
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Resident Volunteers are needed to help staff the refuge visitor center, a restored 1880s planter's house with rocking chairs on the front porch. Volunteers greet and orient visitors, answer the phone, operate small nature shop, sell/issue America the Beautiful passes, show film, keep visitor center tidy, keep brochure racks filled, fill bird feeders, open and close gates. Volunteers may also choose to do trail/light maintenance, education programs, live exhibit curation, computer work, landscape work, and/or help with special events. We require 24 hours/week for each site, whether couple or single, plus opening and closing gates. Gate duty is shared when multiple sites are occupied. Refuge vehicle is provided.
Refuge is located 3 miles north of Monroe with a population of approximately 50,000. Amenities are conveniently located within a few miles of the refuge. Pets are allowed on leash.
Refuge has 4 RV sites with full hookups, located on scenic Bayou DeSiard, with concrete patio, picnic table, laundry and shower facilities, trash dumpster. Propane dealer within 2 miles.
Refuge features a beautiful 1600 acre cypress and tupelo-studded lake and offers year round fishing. There is a 1300 foot pier over the lake which forms a loop off the 1 mile nature trail. Refuge also has other surfaced and unsurfaced trails, a conservation learning center, interactive exhibits, arboretum, raised observation deck, photo and bird blinds, canoe rental (volunteers with trash bags canoe free), great fishing and wildlife watching and some hunting. Please see the refuge website for more on the refuge or our Facebook page to learn more about what is happening here. www.Facebook.com/BlackBayouLakeNWR
At this point we have opportunities starting in March of 2017.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: 4 RV pads with full hookups, concrete patio, picnic table, shower and laundry facilities.
• Botany • Construction/Maintenance • Computers • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Volunteers will assist the Refuge with day to day operations and be exposed to a wide range of tasks. Flexible work hours; may include some evening hours. Tasks include staffing the visitor center and nature store, greeting the general public, answering questions and providing information to the general public, counting visitors, general building maintenance, lawn care, gardening, trail and sign maintenance, assisting with environmental education and outreach programs, helping with wildlife surveys and leading/or assisting with refuge tours. Some opportunities including computer access and working with children will require a federal background check which will be handled by the refuge. A valid state driver’s license is required to operate government vehicles. References are required and contacted.
A minimum of 28 service hours for each individual per week is required. Volunteers will be required to provide their own factory-built RV. Refuge has two sites with full hookups, including electricity, water and sewer. Free Wi-Fi internet service is available. A building for RV volunteers having laundry and shower facilities will soon be available. Commitment of at least 3 months is preferred.
The Headquarter Unit is located in south Bossier City and has a new Visitor Center and Education Center. We have five miles of hiking trails that circle around an oxbow lake. Bring your canoe or kayak, binoculars, camera and fishing poles. Over 245 species of birds have been observed and we are a hotspot for dragonflies and butterflies also. We offer great fishing on the Headquarters refuge lake and on the Red River; great wildlife viewing and some hunting. When in season you can pick pecans or wild plums. In June, and July, we host summer camps for youth. Most volunteer work will be done at the headquarters unit but there are opportunities to work on our other three refuge units within the Red River Valley. Friendly, well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Please see the refuge website to learn more about the refuge or visit our Facebook page to learn more about what is happening here. www.Facebook.com/RedRiverNWR
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Two, new RV pads with full hookups. Bath and Laundry facility coming soon.
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
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The National Map Corps - Volunteer Map Editor
Volunteers collect structures data for The National Map using our online mapping application. Structures include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations, cemeteries, and other important public buildings. Volunteers check the location of existing structure points against aerial imagery to verify that it is on the correct building, and confirm that the name and address information are correct using authoritative sources (e.g. official school district website). Volunteers also add missing structure points to the map, and remove points for structures that no longer exist. By updating and verifying structures data across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, volunteers are making significant contributions to USGS National Structures Database, The National Map, and ultimately U.S. Topo Maps!
If you have access to the Internet and are willing to dedicate some time editing map data we hope you will consider participating! You do not need to live in any particular area to participate. Our editing guidelines explain how you can contribute data from anywhere.
Volunteers earn virtual badges for participating and are recognized for their contributions (with permission) via USGS and The National Map social media.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: This volunteer activity is done from your home or anywhere with Internet access.