Volunteers are valuable members of Cypress Creek Refuge. They provide their skills and energy to the reforestation effort, clean-up projects, school programs, maintenance of public facilities, trail construction, office work, and wildlife monitoring. By volunteering individuals will gain knowledge about the Refuge, learn from first-hand experiences, and become involved with the conservation and restoration of a valuable natural resource in southern Illinois.
The following volunteer opportunities are currently available:
Southern 7 AmeriCorps AmeriCorps is a national service program that was initiated to work with citizens and local communities through service-oriented projects that focus on education, public health, human services, and the natural environment. Since 2001, Southern 7 AmeriCorps members have filled an important role at Cypress Creek NWR. AmeriCorps members are involved with many aspects of Refuge operations and visitors services. AmeriCorps members assist staff with restoration and resource management activities within the Refuge while providing visitors/residents with educational and recreational opportunities that include school programs, special events, volunteer recruitment and public outreach. Contact the Refuge for position availability and visit the AmeriCorps website for more information.
RV Resident VolunteersCypress Creek provides opportunities for volunteers to live and work on site. The Refuge offers two full hook-up recreational vehicle (RV) sites for seasonal volunteers. Volunteers work includes assisting with routine maintenance, greeting visitors at the Refuge office, or helping with special public events and educational programs. The Refuge requests volunteers serve a minimum of 3 months for 32 hours per week (40 combined for a couple) in exchange for water, electricity, and RV pad hookup. For more information please contact Cypress Creek NWR at 618.634.2231
General Volunteers & Internships Volunteers work on the Refuge in many capacities. At Cypress Creek, volunteers are always needed to assist with a specific project, program, or special event. This may include a few hours per week or month or even just a day/year to assist with an educational program in the schools or a restoration project such as tree planting in the spring. In addition the Refuge works with local colleges and universities to provide intern opportunities; these opportunities are typically associated with resource management and/or education careers. For more information on volunteering on the Refuge contact the office, or visit our Friends page for more information on volunteering at special events.
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A migratory bird, breeds and nests throughout in tree cavities over water and eat insects. Prothonotary warblers are a good indicator of healthy bottomland forests and the success of restoration efforts in the Cache River Watershed.
Photo by Stoil Ivanov.