Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region

Get Involved

Special Events

Career Opportunities

Internship Opportunities


Friends Group

There are many ways you can become involved with Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.

Career Opportunities

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.

Download the informational flyer for the YCC program.

To search for additional positions with the US Fish and Wildlife Service please visit the following website: www.USAJobs.Gov

Internship Opportunities

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.
Must possess valid drivers' license. Weekend and Holiday work mandatory.

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

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Volunteer Opportunities

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:

Interpretation: Through such activities as nature walks, talks, slide programs and visitor center information duty, volunteers help visitors understand and appreciate both the natural and cultural history of the Refuge as well as provide information on the recreational and educational opportunities available. Volunteers also rove Refuge trails to talk to visitors, report vandalism, note maintenance needs and pick Volunteers helping out at the refugeup litter.

Environmental Education: Establish Environmental Education contacts through teacher orientation workshops, open house events, day camp, field trips and special projects

Resource Management: Qualified individuals may assist wildlife biologists in such areas as wildlife surveys, salt marsh monitoring, and other projects.

Maintenance: Volunteers may help Refuge employees in general tasks such as landscape maintenance, sign installation, gate painting, construction and routine vehicle maintenance. Also, opportunities exist for those with skills in such disciplines as plumbing and carpentry.

Invasive Plant Control: Volunteers work with refuge staff and partners to prune, pull, dig and cut non-native plants weeds, and plants in order to and nurture new native plants as part of the Refuge's habitat restoration mission.

Friends of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

The purpose of the Friends of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge are:

* Support acquisition funding
* Assist in pursuit of acquisitions
* increase public awareness of needs and benefits of the refuge
* Provide refuge division monitoring
* Comment on activities which affect the refuge
* Identify other similar areas which warrant refuge type protection
* Assist with refuge projects as they arise
* Identify means and location(s) for educational/visitor center

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)

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Last updated: January 2, 2013