Volunteers... Making A Difference
|Jim Hawkins gives 3000 hours of service.Credit: Ricky Wrenn©|
Working for wildlife! Throughout the year, Cape Romain volunteers work with staff to meet refuge management goals and fulfill the mission of the Service to protect, conserve and restore our wildlife, plants and their habitats. Committed to conservation, the support we receive from volunteers is invaluable.
What are volunteers doing that enable us to manage and maintain our resources, provide information services for visitors, and promote conservation education for our youth? Lots!!
Refuge volunteers are engaged in a variety of tasks which include:
- Working with the loggerhead sea turtle nest relocation program
- Assisting in the eradication of invasive plant species
- Leading tours, interpreting the cultural and natural history
of the refuge
and providing information to visitors
- Presenting conservation education programs to youth
- Performing clerical and administrative tasks
- Assisting with construction projects
- Assisting with facility and grounds maintenance
- Working with habitat modification and management projects
- Providing computer and technological support
Volunteers - Making It All Happen in 2011
Volunteers gave over 17, 600 hours to Refuge and Sewee Visitor Center projects and programs in 2011! They shared their message of environmental stewardship with over 9,000 children and their chaperones, worked to save 1, 448 Loggerhead sea turtle nests, cleared trails and replaced boardwalks, researched and surveyed wildlife populations within the refuge, monitored our Bluebird Trail and provided care for the Red wolves at the Center and, undertook major maintenance projects for our public facilities and grounds. Our volunteers did it all! Read about their many contributions and accomplishments in the Volunteer Newsletter.
|Jim Hawkins inventories a Loggerhead turtle nest. Credit: Billy Shaw|
|Caging a turtle nest.
Credit: Tony Martin
|Building benches. Credit:
|Building bluebird boxes. Credit: Tricia Lynch/USFWS|
Click on our newsletters below and enjoy reading about the many accomplishments and contributions our Volunteers have generously given to the Refuge and Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, a facility jointly operated by the Cape Romain Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest:
VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER 2011
VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER 2010
VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER 2009
VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER 2008
VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER 2007
|Volunteer Day at Bulls Island. Credit: Raye Nilius/USFWS|
Join the Cape Romain Refuge Volunteer Team
Descriptive information for volunteer work opportunities is provided with the following links: Resource Management, Maintenance, Visitor Services, Environmental Education, Administration, and Visitor Center Facility & Grounds Maintenance. For more information on volunteer opportunities available at the refuge, contact the Sewee Center at (843) 928-3368 or email the refuge volunteer coordinator. For information about volunteer opportunities with the Fish and Wildlife Service nationwide, visit http://www.fws.gov/volunteers/.
Resident Volunteer Opportunities
Do you own a self-contained recreational vehicle and enjoy visiting your public lands? If so, become a Resident Volunteer at Cape Romain Refuge. The refuge provides two adjacent rv sites within walking distance of Garris pier and boat landing. Each site has a picnic table and water, electric and sewer hook-ups. Water is not potable; however, drinking water is provided by the refuge. A washer/dryer is available at the intern quarters, less than 50 feet from the rv sites. The sites are located near the refuge maintenance facility. What we ask of you is a work commitment of 32 hours each week for a minimum of two months. If you travel with a spouse or friend, we require each person to commit to 24 hours each week.
If you have an interest in working with us, please fill out the volunteer application. You may fax the application to 843.928.3828 or mail to the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, 5821 Hwy 17 North, Awendaw, SC 29429.