Last updated: January 7, 2013
Modoc Refuge has
a lean/efficient permanent full-time staff of seven people and provides
employment for up to three temporary people each year.
REFUGE MANAGER / PROJECT LEADER - Steve Clay
The Refuge Manager is responsible for providing the overall guidance and direction for the refuge. He insures that refuge programs are in concert with national regulations, Service policy and state and local needs. Steve also insures that all uses of the refuge are "compatible" with the purposes of the refuge. The Refuge Manager supervises the maintenance, hunting, fishing, law enforcement, routine administrative, fire management and biological programs on the refuge.
Steve came to the refuge in
October 2001 from the Sheldon/Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex
in Lakeview, Oregon.
ASSISTANT REFUGE MANAGER- Sean Cross
The Assistant Refuge Manager is responsible for the developement and administration of the operations, maintenace and public use programs at the Refuge. Assists the project leader in the develope of refuge operational plans. Serves as acting Refuge Manager in the absence of the Project Leader. Plans work to be accomplished by maintenance and biological staff on the refuge.
Sean came to the refuge in May 2007 from Medicine Lake Wildlife Refuge Complex in Medicine Lake, Montana.
REFUGE BIOLOGIST- Dominic Bachman
The Refuge Biologist is charged with developing and implementing annual and long term habitat management plans; habitat restoration projects; and biological inventories and monitoring. The Biologist also advises management staff on all aspects of biological and habitat programs to ensure accurate biological information is available for planning and decision making.
Dominic came to the refuge
in March 2008 from Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Loleta, CA.
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER - Mary McGuire
The Administrative Officer is responsible for all administrative duties on the refuge including budget tracking, contracting, payments, purchasing, collections, property management, personnel and payroll in addition to other routine office functions. This person is also the first contact for visitors and the public on the telephone and in person.
Mary came to the Modoc after 20 years with the USDA.
PARTNERS FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE BIOLOGISTS- Cassandra Roeder and Carrie Nelson
The Partner for Fish and Wildlife Biologist is responsible for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's habitat restoration cost-sharing program for private landowners. Projects include restoration of habitat on degraded or converted wetlands, riparian areas, native uplands, streams, and or endangered species habitat.
ENGINEERING EQUIPMENT OPERATORS - Greg Albertson and Carl Cox
These positions are the "nuts and bolts" of the Modoc NWR. They perform the routine maintenance of equipment, roads, dikes, buildings and facilities, signs, fences, water control structures, and general equipment. They also perform weed control. They are the "jacks of all trades" working in the trenches who keep the refuge safe and functional.
In addition to running water and fixing things, they also take on new construction of wetlands both on and off the refuge. Private cooperators, the U.S. Forest Service and others have been recipients of their skills and knowledge.
Greg transferred to Modoc Refuge
in 1993 from Bureau of Land Management Lake view, OR.
Temporary jobs may be filled
during the summer field season with qualified applicants. The maintenance
position is responsible for keeping up with the smaller but important
jobs when Brad and Greg are busy working on larger projects. The biological
position gives assistance with wildlife & habitat inventories.
One to two volunteers provide assistance each summer with the biological program on the refuge. Temporary housing on the refuge may be available to volunteers. Please contact us at 530.233.3572 to find out more about volunteering at the Modoc Refuge. Additionally, volunteers are needed at refuges throughout the country.