Seasonal Bird and/or Field Science Monitoring Volunteer(s)
The Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is seeking volunteers (individuals or couples) to assist with monitoring bird migration and/or species interactions (birds, insects, plants) from May to November, 2020 (exact time frame and length of stay is negotiable, however applicants able to commit to a minimum of 6 weeks are preferred). We are looking for applicants with field identification experience of eastern songbirds and/or applicants with an interest in marine or forest ecology. Applicants with experience leading groups are encouraged to apply. Daily activities may include field data collection at point count locations as well as transect surveys of trails, and/or established study areas, as well as data collection and entry using eBird and/or iNaturalist. There may be opportunities to lead bird education programs or assist with visiting general field ecology volunteer groups such as Earthwatch. Consideration will depend upon applicant experience and/or willingness to learn. A minimum of 32 volunteer hours per week per individual is required to receive a 30amp campground RV site located on the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus. Applicants can expect 6-8 hours of fieldwork per day, five days per week, walking paved walkways, uneven wooded terrain, and rocky shoreline. This work is part of a long-term, protected landscape monitoring effort.
• Botany • Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge (RHCNWR or Refuge) in Wells, Maine, is looking for motivated, enthusiastic volunteers to share their passion for natural history with visitors from around the world. If you like interacting with people, both young and old, this is the volunteer position for you! This position is appropriate for either an individual or couple. An RV or trailer is required.
The Refuge was established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. The refuge consists of eleven refuge divisions protecting a total of 5,549 acres of coastal wetlands and upland habitat. All divisions lie along 50 miles of the southern Maine coastline, encompassing the coastal communities of Kittery, York, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth and Eliot, within York and Cumberland Counties. Refuge divisions lie within the Gulf of Maine watershed. The refuge’s proximity to the coast, along with its transitional position between the southern deciduous forests and the northern boreal forests creates unique biodiversity found nowhere else in Maine.
The Refuge’s Timber Point property, located in Biddeford, Maine, is a total of 157 acres and is composed of a variety of habitats including fringing salt marshes, cattail marshes, mixed deciduous forest, mudflats, shrublands, tidal pools, and rocky shores. This parcel is one of thelast large, undeveloped properties on the southern Maine coast. Historic properties and associated structures at Timber Point are included on the National Register of Historic Places. These were part of the Ewing family summer estate, and includes the main house, garage/woodshop complex, truck garage, boat house, changing shed, and remnants of a greenhouse.
The majority of duties will be focused on cultural, historic, and natural history interpretation and environmental education with light maintenance work possible at the Timber Point area. Occasional duties, when requested, will involve visitor services activities and programs at the Refuge’s administrative office in Wells, Maine. Typical duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Lead bird and nature walks
· Lead environmental education walks with a focus on native plants and pollinators
· Conduct tide pool interpretation
· Provide support to certain YCC crew activities at Timber Point
· Lead cultural history tours of the Ewing house and associated buildings
· Optional participation in occasional refuge meetings and social events, when invited
· Possible light maintenance
· Reporting maintenance needs, violations, and emergencies to RV volunteer coordinator and Refuge Law Enforcement
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
· A welcoming and professional demeanor.
· Enjoys working with the public and can patiently answer questions.
· The ability to communicate effectively with the public.
· Works well both as a team member and independently, once trained.
· Knowledge and ability to apply basic interpretive skills to formal talks and informal contact with the public.
· Interest in natural and local cultural history.
· Must successfully pass a background check
· Must be available to work on some weekends.
· Must wear the provided US Fish & Wildlife volunteer uniform shirt and name badge.
· Represent the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in a professional manner.
· Possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
· An interest in learning about the Refuge’s programs, trails, and regulations and sharing that knowledge with the visiting public.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The Volunteer RV pad (crushed gravel) at Timber Point (Biddeford, ME) has full water, electric, and sewer hook-ups. These amenities are provided in exchange for 20 hours/week of service per person.
• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance
Resident volunteers at Moosehorn NWR typically spend most of their time assisting the maintenance and visitor services programs. Volunteers with FWS trainings such as AGTractor/UTV/heavy equipment operator and/or construction/carpentry skills are currently highly desired.
Projects are likely to include:
Mowing and trimming (around the headquarters area, residences, air quality station, entrance road, nature trails, kiosks, etc)
Recyclables (sort and haul to recycling center)
Painting, carpentry, plumbing and miscellaneous maintenance projects
Inspecting and inventorying signage on the Refuge
Assisting with special events
Welcoming and orienting visitors at the Headquarters Welcome Desk.
Other projects depending on needs
Number of hours required/week: 24 hours each for couple volunteers or 32 hours for single volunteers.
As a resident volunteer we would ideally like you to work for a minimum of 2 months from mid-May or early June through August or September.
The refuge will provide an RV site with electric (30/50 amp), water and sewer hookups plus access to laundry facilities. The RV site is located near the Headquarters building. Cell phone reception is mixed (US Cellular & Verizon provide the better options). There is WiFi service at the Bunkhouse and Headquarters. Pets are allowed on refuge grounds on a leash. The closest amenities that include grocery stores and library are about 6 miles away in the City of Calais. The larger city closest to the refuge is Bangor which is about a 2 hours drive. Insects can be troublesome including blackflies, ticks and mosquitoes.
Recreational opportunities on the Refuge, during the summer months include, hiking, biking, paddling, fishing and of course wildlife watching. The refuge is located only 2 1/2 hours from Acadia National Park and a short distance from the Canadian border with easy access to the Provinces of New Brunswick (right across the border), Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: RV site with electric (30/50 amp), water and sewer hookups plus access to laundry facilities. A Bunkhouse is also located nearby which houses up to 8 summer interns, seasonal staff and researchers.
• Botany • Conservation Education • Minerals/Geology • Soil/Watershed • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Science
Photo Courtesy of NPS
SERC is operated by a cooperative partnership between Acadia National Park (government organization), the Schoodic Institute (non-profit). The Schoodic Campus is located in Acadia National Park on the Schoodic Peninsula, Winter Harbor, Maine.
Situated on Big Moose Island at the tip of the Schoodic Peninsula, the campus has direct access to a variety of habitats. A short walk along the shore provides a substantial view of coastal geological processes, exposed cliff, cobble, mudflat, and marsh habitats. The impressive shoreline encompasses spruce/fir woodlands, stands of jack pine and mountain habitats which are home to numerous migratory species. This Gulf of Maine setting offers a unique place to study natural sciences as well as human history spanning over 4,000 years to present.
Education/Interpretation Interns at Schoodic work with two broad based programs; the Schoodic Education Adventure program (SEA), and Public Programming, . Additional duties as assigned include assisting with group meetings and general interpretive roving.
The bulk of the internship works with the SEA program, which offers a curriculum-based residential program for 5th through 8th grade students. The three and four-day programs combine hands-on field experience with classroom activities. Focusing on the theme of communicating data through maps and graphs, students explore the relationship between preserving public lands and monitoring their resources. With a strong environmental education curriculum based in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students participate in field study, art, and citizen science activities.
The Schoodic District offers public programming teaching about the natural and cultural history of Acadia National Park. Interns assist with evening campground programs and hikes, lead interpretive table talks, develop children’s activities, and rove.
The Schoodic Intern Program will run 8-12 weeks with internships available in the spring and the fall. Spring Interns start in mid-April. Autumn Internships begin September 1.
Interns spend approximately 70 % of their time leading field programs and conducting classroom activities. The core curriculum includes exploring forest and marine ecology, developing geology and archeology maps, investigating nocturnal adaptations on a night hike, instructing map, compass, and gps techniques while learning about landscape change over time. Students use a wide array of tools for investigation including journals, scientific equipment, computers, graphs, maps, data synthesis, and the arts.
Education interns spend approximately 10% of their time in training and program preparation. Another 10% is involved with facility set up, light maintenance like vacuuming, and group management duties such as meeting the bus, lunch duty, dorm check-out, etc… The remaining 10% of the job includes new activity development, creating props, data entry, program research, and assisting with auxiliary programs.
Intern responsibilities include:
Working 40 hours per 4/5-day work week. Schedules occasionally include working weekends and shifts vary. Frequently we share a 4 ½ day workweek, ending at noon on a Friday and returning to work mid-day on a Monday.
Must participate in pre-program training, work as a member of an education team, and attend weekly staff development/ logistical meetings.
Lead morning, afternoon, and evening programs, interns are not responsible for students after the conclusion of evening programs, but may be on call to assist in the advent of an emergency. Supervisory duties are shared at all times with the student’s teachers.
Contribute to all aspects of the operation of the Education District through other duties as assigned.
Positively represent the National Park Service as a member of the interpretive staff.
A weekly stipend of $275.00
$65.00 uniform allowance for tan pants. Interns must provide receipts.
Uniform shirts and jackets provided.
Fully furnished shared apartment and utilities are provided on campus in a separate location from the student dormitory.
Limited meals are available when school programs are in session.
Free laundry facilities are available on campus.
College credit can be arranged through most universities prior to internship season. Interns are responsible for arranging credits with their schools.
This is an intensive and rewarding experience
How to Apply:
E-mail a resume, cover letter, and 3 refererences we can contact by phone and e-mail, to Alexa_Pezzano@nps.gov or go on volunteer.gov and search Schoodic Teaching Assistant.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Fully furnished, shared apartment.
• Botany • Conservation Education • Soil/Watershed • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Science
Photo Courtesy of NPS
Education interns work with park staff in preparing and presenting curriculum-based programs for third- through eighth-grade students in their classrooms and in the park. Programs have established themes and objectives that focus on natural science or history.
Spring positions run from April to June.
Fall positions take place in September and October.
Qualified applicants will relate well to children between the ages of eight and thirteen, and enjoy the physical and mental demands of teaching outdoors.
Work 32 hours per 4-day work week.
Participate in program training and work as a member of the education team.
Assist with field-based programs as well as classroom programs.
Lead program activities with school groups.
Contribute to all aspects of district operations as assigned.
Represent the National Park Service as a member of the interpretive staff.
A weekly stipend of $150.
$65.00 uniform allowance (Receipts must be provided.)
Uniform shirts and jackets provided.
Furnished shared apartment and utilities are provided.
Free laundry facilities are available.
Email cover letter, resume, and three references we can contact, to Kate_Petrie@nps.gov.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Furnished, shared apartments.
• Computers • Other • Science • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of USGS
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.