Cache River National Wildlife Refuge
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Welcome to Cache River NWR

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Summer 2015 Diverse Wildlife Internship Opportunities (2)

Location: Central Arkansas Refuge Complex, Augusta, Arkansas

Cache River National Wildlife Refuge is a 67,000-acre refuge located in northeast Arkansas and features some of the largest remaining tracts of bottomland hardwood forest within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. This unique refuge provides critical habitat for waterfowl and other migratory and resident wildlife species. The refuge is characterized by extensive forested flats, shallow sloughs, meandering channels, lakes, and other wetlands, reforested lands, and farmed sanctuaries. Interns will work primarily at Cache River NWR; however, there are four other refuges in the complex; Bald Knob, Wapanocca, Holla Bend and Big Lake, and interns may have short-term assignments at these refuges as well.

Interns will be involved in wildlife management, forestry, and maintenance; duties will be shared. Work hours are variable (usually 7:30 to 4:00, Monday through Friday) and will average around 40 per week.

Housing will be provided for free in a former hunting lodge. The lodge is a one story ranch style building. It is shared housing with 8 bedrooms, 2 full baths, full kitchen, living area, den, outbuildings, and washer and dryer. A vehicle will be provided for work and for travel between office and the lodge.

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Cache River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1986 to protect significant wetland habitats and provide feeding and resting areas for migrating waterfowl.

As one of the few remaining areas in the Lower Mississippi River Valley not drastically altered by channelization and drainage, the Cache River basin contains a variety of wetland communities including some of the most intact and least disturbed bottomland hardwood forests in the Mississippi Valley region. These unique and valuable wetlands have been protected by the RAMSAR Convention as "Wetlands of International Importance".

At present the refuge currently encompasses over 56,000 acres located in numerous non-contiguous tracts in Jackson, Woodruff, Monroe and Prairie counties in east central Arkansas. The boundary of this refuge changes frequently as land acquisition continues along the Cache River, White River and Bayou Deview.

Getting There . . .

Cache River NWR Headquarters is located 16 miles south of Augusta, Arkansas on Highway 33. From US Highway 64, turn south on Highway 33. Follow Highway 33 approximately 16 miles. The headquarters is on the left side of the road.

Last updated: October 29, 2015