There are many ways you can become involved with Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.
Potentional Field Season Employment Opportunities:
1. Salt Marsh Technician
2. Sharptailed Sparrow Technician
3. Invasive Plant Coordinator
4. Piping Plover Technician
Future employment opportunities will depend on Refuge funding. Please contact the Refuge for additional information about each position or to check for availability.
Youth Conservation Corps - We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2012. If you missed the deadline this year, please try again next spring.
Rachel Carson currently hosts a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) camp for 8 weeks each summer. Up to 5 high school students age 15-18 to work on the refuge and with staff on a wide variety of projects throughout the refuge. In past years some of the projects have included trail repair and construction, boundary posting, assisting with endangered species management, assisting researchers in the salt marsh, building and grounds maintenance, and invasive plant control.
To search for additional positions with the US Fish and Wildlife Service please visit the following website: www.USAJobs.Gov
Summer Internship Opportunities - Click here to apply. Application deadline is February 22, 2013.
Work with refuge staff on resource management operations and outreach. Duties include Conducting Wildlife Surveys; Invasive Plant Propagation and Mapping, Nestbox Monitoring, Fish Sampling, Developing and Delivering Outreach Programs, and assisting visitors in our contact station.
Must be able to work individually and under varied climatic conditions.
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge protects more than 5,600 acres of predominately salt marsh in southern, coastal Maine. Refuge lands are rich in diverse habitats and wildlife. Public uses include hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, and interpretation.
12-week internship begin mid-May through mid- August - 40 hours per week. Start and end dates are flexible.
College credit available. Arrange details with your university/college and state your intention in application.
Salary/Housing - A living allowance may be provided. Communal, government housing available or intern may provide own housing within commuting distance of Wells, Maine.
For more information, contact the Internship Coordinator at: 207.646-9226
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge needs YOU -- your talents, your enthusiasm, your point of view and some of your time!
Every third Friday of the month in 2012, we will host a volunteer day for anyone who is interested. Activities will run from 9am until noon and involve a variety of activities from winter rabbit tracking to invasive plant removal to helping us get organized with some much needed “spring” cleaning. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Refuge, what we do to protect wildlife and their habitat, gain experience, meet new people, and have fun! Please call or e-mail Karrie Schwaab at (207)646-9226 extension 23 or email Karrie_Schwaab@fws.gov to sign up and/or for more information.
What do Volunteers do? Various opportunities exist at the Refuge for volunteers to gain valuable and rewarding experience. Volunteers assist refuge employees by working in such fields as:
Environmental Education: Establish Environmental Education contacts through teacher orientation workshops, open house events, day camp, field trips and special projects
The purpose of the Friends of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge are:
* Support acquisition funding
The Friends of Rachel Carson NWR has been effective in extending the management capacity of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge by serving as the eyes and ears of the refuge. The refuge is comprised of 11 divisions located in eleven towns spanning 50 miles in southern coastal Maine. Rachel Carson NWR has more neighbors than any other refuge in the country and does not have capacity to respond to every report, infraction or request for information. The Friends directly benefit the refuge by increasing its ability to accomplish its mission and benefit the 11 communities by providing an avenue for bring important information to the attention of the refuge or other appropriate agency.
To join or just learn more: Contact President Bill Durkin at 207-283-0925 or download the latest newsletter (2.3 Mb)