• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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If you like interacting with people, both young and old, this is the volunteer position for you!! This volunteer position interacts closely with Long Island Refuge Complex’s Visitor Services team.
Stationed at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuges, volunteers will focus their energies:
Staffing the Complex’s new interactive visitor center (Meet and cheerfully greet visitors, provide area and refuge recreation opportunity information, give orientations to the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System; assist visitors with refuge rules and regulations; concisely explain the refuge entrance fee options; answer telephones, answer visitor questions, respond to visitor correspondences, distribute brochures and restock brochures.);
Roving refuge trails to educate refuge visitors (Engage refuge visitors as they walk trails and look for wildlife, show wildlife related props and photos.);
Provide informal interpretation (Research, develop and present interpretive programs, talks or demonstrations);
Doing clerical activities (Filing, answering the phone at the front desk, researching refuge history at local libraries and organizing Complex’s image library.);
Photographing a variety of natural resources; and
Performing basic maintenance duties (Maintain cleanliness of public restrooms; pick up and dispose of litter found along roadways, trails and visitor areas).
Skills Desired: Volunteers should have good communication skills, an interest in and ability to learn about area history and natural resources, a desire to share knowledge with visiting public and work with a diversity of staff and visitors. Experience with public speaking is beneficial, but not necessary. We especially look for volunteers with backgrounds as educators or naturalists and with skills in birding and photography. A flexibility to handle variations in routine due to shifting priorities and visitor needs is appreciated. In addition, we are looking for volunteers with a demonstrated skill for investigating refuge history through local sources. We are also looking for people with experience organizing and sorting image libraries (i.e. slides, photographs and digital images).
To apply: A minimum three-month commitment during the specified timeframe is required. Applications will be accepted up through November 30th of each year, with selections made in mid-January. Contact Ann Marie Chapman at (631) 286-0485 ext. 2131 or AnnMarie_Chapman@fws.gov (If emailing, in the subject line, type in your name followed by the position you are applying for. Example: Ann Marie Chapman: Wertheim Refuge RV Volunteer). You will be sent an application and requested to send a photo of you and your RV.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: One RV pad is located at this national wildlife refuge. The pad is crushed gravel and has full hook ups (water, electric and sewer). Amenities for RV volunteers include a picnic table and access to a washer/dryer in the headquarters building. On the job training will be provided.
The Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, headquartered in Shirley, New York, encompasses ten units, totaling nearly 6,500 acres. The primary purpose for each is to benefit wildlife. These ten units protect many of the Island’s habitat types critical to migratory birds, endangered species and other wildlife. The Complex’s strategic location—situated in the Long Island Pine Barrens and along the Atlantic Flyway—provides important nesting, wintering and migratory stop-over areas for hundreds of bird species. Each unit is unique in wildlife species, habitat and management programs. Five of the units on Long Island are open for visitors.
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge comprises 2,572 acres, with a mixture of wetlands, open water and upland forest. The heart of the refuge is the Carmans River, a New York state-designated Scenic and Recreational River. The Carmans provides habitat for a variety of birds and fish, as well a place for fishermen and canoers to enjoy. The refuge also falls within the Central Pine Barrens region of Long Island. Formed by a unique set of geological conditions over the past 15,000 years, the Pine Barrens is Long Island’s premier ecosystem and one of the Northeast’s greatest natural treasures. It is home to literally thousands of plant and animal species, many of them endangered or threatened. The refuge offers six miles of hiking trails; hikers commonly see white-tailed deer and wild turkeys. A new headquarters building and visitor center opened on the eastern section of the refuge in May 2012.
• Construction/Maintenance • Historical Preservation • Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
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Do you enjoy history? Do you enjoy meeting and talking with people from all over the world? The Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York is offering free trailer pad hook ups (water, sewer and 30/50 amp service) , and reimbursement for any propane use, in exchange for volunteering your time. Volunteers are required to contribute at least 32 hours per week, per person, work weekends, holidays and will receive a volunteer uniform.
Hyde Park is located approximately 90 miles north of New York City, or 70 miles south of Albany along the Hudson River.
Volunteer’s opportunities include:
-Presenting guided tours, staffing a busy informational desk, the collecting of entrance fees -Office clerical work-Museum and Collections work -Architectural preservation and Carpentry -Restoration and maintenance of landscapes and gardens
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York is offering free trailer pad hook ups (water, sewer and 30/50 amp service) , and reimbursement for any propane use, in exchange for volunteering your time. Volunteers are required to contribute at least 32 hours per week, per person. No pets.
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • General Assistance
Are you fluent in spanish? Looking for a way to engge with your community? We're searching for a bilingual interpreter to help the Seashore connect with members of diverse communities on Long Island. Interpreters will assist with public programs on an as-needed basis.
• Conservation Education • Historical Preservation • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science
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The Trails & Rails program is a partnership between Amtrak and the National Park Service that connects travelers to the heritage and natural resources of a specific region while traveling by rail. On Saturdays, volunteer guides ride aboard Amtrak’s Adirondack train from Penn Station in New York City to Albany-Rensselaer in upstate New York. After a brief layover they embark on the return journey. The entire round trip takes about 8 hours, making for an exciting, yet arduous, day. Volunteers must meet Amtrak’s requirements for physical fitness. Tasks performed may include but are not limited to:
- Interacting with passengers by answering questions about National Park Service (NPS) sites along the route and providing information intended to encourage visitation and stewardship at those particular sites
- Providing interpretation, customer service, and trip planning recommendations
- Maintaining and distributing maps, pamphlets, brochures and other printed materials
- Making informational announcements over the train’s intercom system
- Operating an Ipad connected to Amtrak wi-fi
- Walking aisles to greet travelers
- Recording the number of interactions with riders
- Maintaining a trip log to record interactions and noteworthy occurrences during both trips and sending log to Trails & Rails Volunteer Coordinator promptly after return trip is complete
Address: 400 Fort Hill Avenue Canandaigua, NY 14424 Contact: Regina Deck (585) 393-7761 Availability: 5/9/2019--12/31/2050 Created: 5/9/2019 Suitability: Please contact the volunteer coordinator for details. Difficulty: Not Difficult Direct Link: https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=2958
Address: 400 Fort Hill Avenue Canandaigua, NY 14424 Contact: Regina Deck (585) 393-7761 Availability: 5/9/2019--12/31/2050 Created: 5/9/2019 Suitability: Adults, Kids, Teens, Seniors, Groups, Family Difficulty: Not Difficult Direct Link: https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=3019
• Volunteer Coordinator
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Volunteers will perform a wide variety of activities, ie: escorting Veterans to/from scheduled recreation activities; assisting Recreation Thereapist with tasks as assigned, sponsoring a recreation activity, ie: bingo, picnic, party or musical activity for Veterans, outings to movies, baseball games, etc, escorting/pushing wheelchairs to Canteen, garden walks.
Responds to hospice patient needs by assisting the Health Care Team. Works to support the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the hospice patient and family. Duties may include: escorting patients off the neighborhood, feeeding, letter writing, social interaction & recreational therapy activities.
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Help us tell the story of a founding family! William Floyd, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first U.S. Congressman from New York’s 1st District was born and raised in the Old Mastic House and his family maintained an association with the Estate for eight generations!
Trained in this rich history by NPS Rangers, Docents give house tours to members of the public and school and other visiting groups. Other volunteer activities may include attending off-site fairs to represent the Estate and Fire Island National Seashore. This site is open Friday through Sunday; Memorial Day weekend to Veteran’s Day and is accessible by car.
• Botany • Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Greeting visitors heading to the Watch Hill district. Providing information on ferry service, campgrounds, facilities, programs, other sites on the island and other events. Assist the park ranger with keeping an watchfull eye on artifacts, artwork, and other activites that will be occuring in the ferry terminal. All vounteers work from 9-1pm on either a Saturday or Sunday. This is a seasonal position from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
• Botany • Other • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
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Description: If you have a green thumb or knack for gardening, this may be for you! Assist with weeding, mulching, and general upkeep of the Native Plant/Pollinator Garden at the Patchogue Watch Hill Ferry Terminal. This garden is a registered Monarch Way Station, providing necessary habitat or pollinating butterflies and bees, as well as an enjoyable place for community residents and ferry passengers. (Seasonal)
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Willingness and ability to work outdoors in all conditions.
Certain duties may require completion of a federal background check, and a passing score on the NPS IT Security Test for use of government computers.
• Botany • Conservation Education • Historical Preservation • Office/Clerical • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Work with the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society to keep the light shining. Share the rich maritime history of Fire Island with visitors and school children. Ongoing volunteer opportunities include providing tower tours, school groups presentations, nature walks, administrative assistance, social media, maintenance and gift shop sales. Seasonal volunteer positions include attending off-site fairs, and general maintenance of the facility. This site is open year-round and is accessible by car for volunteers.
Knowledge, experience, or interest in maritime history
Knowledge and/or interest in Fire Island's natural and cultural features
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information
Share your passion for Fire Island's natural and cultural resources and assist with visitor center operations and tours. Volunteer responsibilities include greeting visitors and conveying information about the park, answering phones and assisting with administrative tasks, conducting bookstore sales, and maintaining exhibits. Volunteers may assist with the development and implementation of natural history/ history programs for a variety of age groups at park sites and at offsite venues.
- Knowledge and/or interest in Fire Island's natural or cultural resources.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Willingness and ability to work outdoors in all conditions.
- Strong communication skills.
- Positions available year-round. Volunteer must commit to at least one day per week June through August.
- Volunteer must wear Volunteer in Parks uniform (provided).
- Participation in park offered orientation and interpretive training opportunities.
- Certain duties may require completion of federal background check.
• Construction/Maintenance • Historical Preservation • Weed/Invasive Species Control
The Maintenance Division is responsible for performing tasks and duties related to landscape maintenance, painting, carpentry, electrical repair or installation, janitorial and custodial duties.
Work is indoors and outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions. Work also requires standing for long periods.
Depending on level of experience, many duties require no prior job training or experience. Use of a variety of hand tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, measuring tapes, etc., is required.
Duties May Include:
Janitorial/custodial duties in visitor center, administrative and historic buildings. Sweep, dust surfaces, clean picnic facilities, and perform related tasks.
Landscape maintenance including the operation of various gasoline-powered mowers and yard vacuums, electric hedge trimmers, and a variety of hand tools.
Assist in fertilizing, weeding, planting shrubs and grass; simple tree trimming/pruning, mulching, and related tasks.
May assist skilled maintenance workers in non-technical work such as basic carpentry or painting.
Maintain hand tools and similar equipment and may perform basic operator maintenance on power equipment.
Share a basic knowledge of Sagamore Hill, the Roosevelt family, and other general information with park visitors.
Work requires light to moderate physical effort such as frequently lifting and carrying objects, bending, stooping and reaching, using ladders, vacuum cleaners, etc.
The general training for all volunteers will be performed by the Chief of Maintenance or his/her designees. The supervisor provides the volunteer with specific training for the tasks assigned, to enable the volunteer to work in a satisfactory manner.
The Chief of Maintenance and Volunteer Supervisor will evaluate the volunteer's performance on the following factors:
• Ability to follow directions
• Ability to work in a safe manner
• Familiarity with park operations and regulations
• Computers • Research Library • Historical Preservation • Office/Clerical • Other • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Volunteers provide valuable services to the museum in many capacities. Museum projects include working with the museum collection, archives, library and oral history program. Volunteers also provide information to the public, working at the Library front desk. Ellis Island has now expanded its exhibits to cover the early yeas of US immigration before the opening of Ellis Island and the New Era Immigration exhibit on contemporary US immigration.
Volunteer projects are available Monday - Friday all year.
• 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.
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Women's Rights National Historical Park Park Information Assistant will aid in staffing the visitor's center (VC) while representing the National Park Service in a professional manner. Volunteers will:
provide high quality customer service
share information with visitors
provide interpretation as needed
distribute official printed infromation
have an undertanding of books and items in the VC store
operate the cash register
start and stop audio-visual equipment
Volunteeer schedule is 4 - 20 hours per week, 9:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday through Sunday.
Volunteers will willingly and effectively and communicate with visitors to share the mission of Women's Rights National Historical Park and the overarching mission of the National Park Service.
Volunteer training will include NPS policies and procedures, 1848 Women's Convention History, knowledge of our properties and exhibits, articles and books in the Visitor's Center store, cash register operation, starting and stopping video equipment, and
• Computers • Research Library • General Assistance
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Volunteers assist with transcribing and translating early commercial sound recordings (c. 1890 - 1930s). Performed by immigrants for other immigrants, these recordings document the struggles, misunderstandings and joys experienced by immigrants. Many recordings contain a mixture of languages.