• Botany • Soil/Watershed • Fish/Wildlife • Back Country/Wilderness • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Natural Resource Technician Volunteer Position
Applications are now closed for the 2020 Summer Positions. Any received applications will be considered for the 2021 season.
Assess impacts of moose herbivory on terrestrial ecosystems in Isle Royale National Park. Funded through the Great Lakes Research and Education Center, this internship is focused on collecting and entering baseline data as part of the herbivory monitoring program. The intern will be part of a 2 person crew and will work with partners from the University of Michigan and the park’s Natural Resources Management (NRM) division to accomplish project goals. Detailed protocols have been developed by the University of Michigan team and the primary responsibility of the intern will be to carry out the monitoring protocols. The methodology has been field tested, however this will be the first full season of monitoring. The crew will be responsible for evaluating field implementation and providing feedback.
Data collection will involve travel to remote worksite by motorboat and canoe, and extensive hiking and backpacking. In addition, the monitoring crew will measure vegetation within and outside of four 50x50ft moose exclosures. These exclosures were constructed in 1948, and have not been surveyed since the 90s. We will collaborate with partners from Michigan Tech University, who will be measuring soil properties in summer 2018 at the exclosures. The intern will also be responsible for completing an end of the year project summary and will have the opportunity to present at an interpretive program and contribute to social media posts.
Applicants should have an excellent work ethic, passion for the outdoors, attention to detail, ability to collect high-quality data, and most importantly a positive attitude. Internship duration will be approximately 12 weeks, starting in May. Interns are expected to work 10 days on, with 4 days off, and will receive $20/day stipend. Backpacking gear is available. Travel to and from Isle Royale National Park on the Ranger III is provided.
Applicants must be in good physical condition and able to hike distances of up to 8 miles over rough terrain while carrying loads of 50 pounds or more. Biting insects or other pests such as black flies, deer flies and mosquitoes are common. Interns will be expected to work in a variety of environmental conditions; from near-freezing temperatures with rain and snow in May, to hot and humid weather in late summer. Isle Royale National Park is a water-based park and travel by motorboat is required. Isle Royale is 99% federally-designated Wilderness with no roads, few telephones, no cell phone coverage, limited amenities and limited opportunity to travel to the mainland. Groceries and other supplies are delivered weekly or bi-weekly depending on the incumbent's specific duty station on the island.
Training opportunities will include the DOI Motorboat Operator Certification Course, a 2.5 day Vegetation ID field course, & CPR and 1st Aid.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Cabins Description: Housing in cabins or dormitory.
• Botany • Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science
Do you love nature so much you want to share it with others? You might find your niche as a Nature Navigator! Navigators will have the opportunity to lead guided hikes, nature education programs and assist with school groups. Training includes an overview of the Refuge and all necessary material to present programs. Once trained, volunteers will commit to leading programs out of the John D. Dingell Jr. Visitor Center and in the community. No prior experience necessary!
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance
During special events volunteers are needed to staff a variety of educational booths, children’s craft activities and information tables to acquaint event attendees with the Refuge. Dependability and ability to independently handle assignments required. Shifts are usually from two to four hours in length. Events take place both on and off Refuge lands, throughout southeast Michigan. If you enjoy wildlife and nature, interacting with the public, and promoting the Refuge this is the volunteer position for you!
• Botany • Construction/Maintenance • Soil/Watershed • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Science • Weed/Invasive Species Control
The stewardship crews are the go-to team for any challenge facing the Refuge. Volunteers are invited to assist with a variety of habitat management activities including invasive species control (mowing, herbicide application, tree and brush cutting with hand saws and loppers), seed collecting/handling/broadcasting, and occasional assistance with water level management. Stewardship crews also perform a variety of visitor services-focused tasks including trail creation and maintenance, kiosk construction, and interpretive signage repairs. This type of work requires heavy physical labor in natural areas and in challenging environments. Participants must be in good physical condition. The work periods are 9:00 AM to noon on Wednesdays at the Humbug Marsh Unit and Mondays from 9:00 AM to noon at the Gibraltar Bay Unit. All necessary tools are provided.Position available year-round.
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science
Speakers Bureau volunteers present programs about the Refuge in response to community organization requests. Presentations are typically in PowerPoint and are usually one hour in length, during daytime or evening hours within the local commuting area. Exceptional public speaking skills, subject matter knowledge, dependability and the ability to independently handle assignments required. Come share your passion and knowledge!
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science
If you are a birder and want to put your skills to work, this volunteer position is for you! During the autumn months, the lower Detroit River becomes a corridor for the passage of migratory birds, and has gained international recognition for the annual volume of birds of prey. Hundreds of thousands of migrating hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures are concentrated at this location where it is possible to systematically count them each year. Detroit River Hawk Watch utilizes trained volunteers to conduct a standardized count of the fall migration of raptors at the lower Detroit River. Come out to the count site and learn the skills necessary to become a seasoned counter! Volunteers will be responsible for the entrance fee at Lake Erie Metropark ($10/day or $40/year) and will need to provide their own 8X or 10X binoculars. Position available September 1 – November 30, each year.
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife
If the Detroit River Hawk Watch Raptor volunteer position sounds interesting but you are not quite certain your eyes are up for the challenge of counting hawks high in the air, perhaps this position is more appealing! Our counters would love to chat with the many visitors who stop by the counting site but they need to keep their eyes on the sky to keep an accurate count. This position alleviates that dilemma. You can join the Hawk Watch folks on any count day to learn about their survey methods, then provide this information to visitors as they stop by to chat. It is the best of both worlds – the counters will keep you up to date on new sightings, you will learn more than you thought possible about hawk migration, and you will have a chance to interact with visitors from all over the world! Volunteers will be responsible for the entrance fee at Lake Erie Metropark ($10/day or $40/year). Position available September 1 –November 30, each year.
• Conservation Education • Other • Fish/Wildlife
Using your own equipment, take photographs of native flora and fauna, special events, and of Refuge staff and partners working in the field. Close ups/Macro photos are preferred. Photographs will become property of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and may be used in a variety of outreach materials and online.
To make this volunteer position easier to manage, we ask volunteers to use their own camera equipment and to travel to open areas on the Refuge in their own vehicle/boat/feet on their own time. Please be sure to stay on Refuge trails and only access areas that are open to the general public. At this point in time, only three of our Refuge units are open to self-guided exploration. The Gibraltar Bay Unit is located on Grosse Ile at 28820 East River Road. The Fix and Strong Units are located in Monroe County. Check out the Refuge website for directions. In addition, we do offer a variety of Open Houses throughout the year at Humbug Marsh in Trenton. The public is allowed to visit the trails during these dates and you are welcome to attend and take photographs.
In order to keep the integrity and quality of your photos, we ask that you deliver them to us through a free web site called dropbox.com. You will need to set up a free account for yourself. Once you have your account, upload your labeled “Best of the Best” photos and invite us to view your folder.
• Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance
The Refuge’s interactive visitor center will be standing in the dark without your assistance! As a Visitor Center Greeter and Nature Store volunteer, you will help visitors connect to Refuge lands through a variety of recreational opportunities. The John D. Dingell Jr. Visitor Center is located in Trenton, MI at the Refuge Gateway property off West Jefferson Avenue. If you like interacting with people from all walks of life, this is the volunteer position for you! Volunteer duties include: meet and cheerfully greet visitors; provide area and Refuge recreation opportunity information; give orientations about the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System; assist visitors with rules and regulations; answer telephones; answer visitor questions; respond to visitor correspondence; distribute brochures; and restock brochures. Volunteers will have the opportunity to share their knowledge and appreciation of the environment and the National Wildlife Refuge System with diverse audiences.
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance
If you love to fish, tell your fish stories and get others interested in fishing, this is the position for you! The Refuge fishing pier extends 740 feet into the Detroit River and connects to a 150-foot-long fishing pier. Refuge visitation is expected to skyrocket with this new amenity. Volunteer monitors will be an added asset to guide people, answer questions and pick up litter. There is no expectation these volunteers will provide law enforcement coverage, just a welcoming face!
At the Refuge we strive to keep the trails up to high standards so everyone feels welcome and comfortable hiking on them. This volunteer position performs all aspects of trail maintenance and construction. Examples of work include: mowing grass; clearing brush and fallen logs from trail corridor; trimming overhanging brush; picking up litter; constructing boardwalk and new segments of trail; and performing restoration on abandoned or heavily impacted sections of trail. This type of work requires heavy physical labor in natural areas and in challenging environments. Participants must be in good physical condition.
• Other • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance
Are you considering a career as a Law Enforcement Park Ranger?
This position is located at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior. This position will be stationed out of a ranger station on Isle Royale NP, working with the Visitor and Resource Protection staff. We provide a wide range of emergency services including law enforcement, emergency medical, search and rescue, and fire. The incidents we respond to vary from year to year, we will attempt to provide you a wide range of opportunities to serve the public and protect park resources. Primary duties are emergency medical response, search and rescue, and backcountry patrols.
As a uniformed volunteer with the National Park Service, the volunteer serves as a front-line representative of the agency. The volunteer is responsible for providing current, accurate, information on Isle Royale NP. Uniform provided.
Applicants with current Emergency Medical Technician certification and backcountry experience will be preferred. Applications are due by March 1.
Leave No Trace and Conservation Education
Visitor Information and Services
Emergency Medical Services
Search and Rescue
Training: General park orientation training provided. Volunteer will train alongside Park Ranger staff. Training opportunities may include: motorboat operation (MOCC), emergency medical, search and rescue, wildland fire, visitor services.
Dates: May 26, 2020 through September 12, 2020. Applicants whose schedules only allow for a shorter season will be considered.
Locations and Accommodations: Positions may be filled at the Rock Harbor and/or Windigo Ranger Stations on Isle Royale.
Isle Royale is a remote island in Lake Superior. There is no vehicle access. Transportation will be provided aboard the Park’s ferry, Ranger III.
Shared dormitory housing provided. There is no cell service. There is limited WiFi service available.
Pets are not allowed.
Expenses will be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $20 per day.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Shared dormitory housing. No cell service. Limited Wifi. No vehicle access.
• Computers • Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance
2020 Positions are filled. All received applications will be held for consideration should another opportunity open up between now and April 2020.
VISITOR CENTER and EDUCATIONAL INTERN. Learn about Isle Royale while working in Interpretation. You will work in a visitor center at Rock Harbor, Windigo, or Houghton performing the following duties: issuing backcountry camping permits, greeting ferry boats, orienting visitors and assisting with trip planning, providing general island information to visitors, developing and conducting interpretive programs, guiding hikes, selling items from cooperating association store, informal and formal visitor contacts.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dormitory housing provided for volunteer.
• 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.
• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • General Assistance
Resident volunteers at Seney 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, visitor center, entrance road, nature trail, kiosks, etc)
Show Pool Shelter maintenance (pit toilet, litter pickup, etc.)
Recyclables (sort and haul to recycling center)
Miscelaneous maintenance projects
Collect water level readings
Piping plover monitoring
Inspecting and inventorying signage on the Refuge
Driving tour vehicles and/or leading guided tours
Assisting with special events
Welcoming and orienting visitors (One or two shifts (9am - 1pm or 1pm 5pm) at the Visitor Center Welcome Desk, which also includes assisting with sales for the Seney Natural History Association bookstore.
Other projects depending on needs
As a resident volunteer we would ideally like you to work from mid-May or early June through August or September and we request at least 20 hours of volunteer work per week, per volunteer, in exchange for an RV site with electric (50 amp), water and sewer hookups plus access to laundry facilities. The RV site is located about seven miles south of the refuge headquarters on the Manistique River Road. The RV “pad” consists of a gravel spot at the edge of a lovely field surrounded by hardwood forest. A Bunkhouse is also located at this site which houses up to 12 summer interns, seasonal staff and researchers. TV reception is bad. Cell phone reception is mixed (Verizon seems to be better than AT&T). There is no WiFi service. There is WiFi at the Headquarters. Pets are allowed on refuge grounds on a leash. The closest amenities are about 5 miles away, the closest amenities that include a grocery and library are about 20-40 miles away. Three of the largest towns in the Upper Peninsula (populations of 12,000-20,000) are each about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Seney. Insects can be troublesome including blackflies, ticks, mosquitoes, deerflies and grasshoppers.
Recreational opportunities on the Refuge, during the summer months include, hiking, biking, paddling, fishing and of course wildlife watching. Being situated halfway between lakes Michigan and Superior and surrounded by other public lands (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Hiawatha National Forest, Tahquamenon State Park...) means there are lots of opportunities for exploring during "off" time
If you join us, you will also be joining a fairly large group of local volunteers. Most of our local volunteers work at the Visitor Center welcome desk and assist with selling merchandise from the bookstore. A few other volunteers help with maintenance, administrative duties, native landscaping and species monitoring. Throughout the summer we try to have monthly social gatherings and presentations about current refuge research and activities. These are great opportunities to get introduced to the volunteer program, meet the staff and other volunteers, and learn about the refuge.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: RV site with electric (50 amp), water and sewer hookups plus access to laundry facilities. The RV site is located about seven miles south of the refuge headquarters.. The RV “pad” consists of a gravel spot at the edge of a lovely field surrounded by hardwood forest. A Bunkhouse is also located at this site which houses up to 12 summer interns, seasonal staff and researchers.
• Campground Host • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Campground Host - Hurricane River Campground August 2020. Hosts work 5 days per week, a minimum of 20 hours per week, staying in a designated campsite at Campground. We require a minimum commitment of one month.
Hosts assist fellow campers with information and directions as well as providing visitor use information to park staff. Hosts do not handle any money and do not clean restrooms. Hosts should plan on working in all types of weather conditions and during weekends and holidays.
All park campgrounds are located in wooded areas, and are rustic with vault toilets and central water spigots.Training and orientation to the park is provided by park staff. Cell service is not available at either campground.
For questions, contact Scott Berry at 906 387-4310 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: Camp site in park campgrounds are rustic with nearby vault toilets and central water spigots. A small solar panel is provided to assist in charging batteries.
Location Description This 71,000-acre park features sand dunes, beech/maple and pine/oak forests, rivers, inland lakes, miles of Lake Michigan beach, two offshore islands, historic farming district, a lighthouse, two campgrounds and 105 miles of hiking trails.
Position Description: Volunteer Interpreters serve in the historic town of Glen Haven; staffing a Life-Saving Station maritime museum, Cannery boat museum and a working Blacksmith Shop (optional). They will also serve at the Visitor Center in Empire to provide visitors with information and orientation, guide bus tours and assist in other duties as assigned.
Opportunity Timeframe: May through October, volunteers may choose a 60-90 day time-frame in which to work in this opportunity.
Benifits: Free campsites available for a minimum of 32 hours of work/week -- Campsites have water/electric hook-ups only, (no sewer and electric may operate at reduced amperage [<30amps] on some sites), dump station and blue-boy are available. Uniforms provided.
NOTE: Please include email contacts for two personal references in your application.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: Free campsites available for a minimum of 32 hours of work/week -- Campsites have water/electric hook-ups only, (no sewer and electric may operate at reduced amperage [<30amps] on some sites), dump station and blue-boy are available.