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Each of these positions is located at different national wildlife refuge on Long Island:

 

Visitor Center Greeter and Nature Store Volunteer (Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Shirley, NY) - Volunteers are needed to assist in operation of the Visitor Center and Nature Store. Duties include distributing informational brochures, helping to answer visitor’s questions, selling merchandise from the gift shop and cleaning displays and facilities (as necessary). Volunteers will have a chance to meet people from all over the country and help visitors enjoy and appreciate the wonderful natural resources of our region. Length of Time: Both short and long term. Monday through Saturday, two shifts 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Welcome Cabin Volunteer (Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Shirley, NY) - If you like interacting with people, both young and old, this is the volunteer position for you!! Volunteers are needed to work a two hour shift on Sundays when the new visitor center is closed but visitors are still welcome to walk the refuge trails. Volunteer duties include meeting and cheerfully greeting visitors while providing them with area and refuge recreation opportunity information. Sounds difficult? Not really because we will provide you with everything you need to know!! You will also be allowed to drive your vehicle to the cabin, eliminating the need to walk the half mile for the new center. Training Provided:  New volunteers will be paired with experienced volunteers at first. Knowledge of Long Island is beneficial but not necessary. Date Needed: Sundays (12:00 PM till 2:00PM). Number of Volunteers Needed: 2 each shift. Two people will always work together. This is a great opportunity for couples!

Special Event Volunteer (Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Shirley, NY) - We need volunteers to: staff a variety of education booths and children’s craft activities; lead canoe and birding tours; direct parking; other tasks as they arise. Many volunteers are needed in every aspect of this event from parking, kids’ activities, bird hikes and ensuring the public has a great experience at the event. Length of Time: Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year for one-time events.

Beach Cleanup Volunteer (Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge) - Assist refuge staff with litter pickup of local refuge beaches. Gloves, trash bags and snacks are provided. Length of Time: Specific dates in spring, usually a Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Invasive Species Control Volunteer (Sayville, Seatuck, Oyster Bay, National Wildlife Refuges) - Volunteers will assist with hand-pulling and cutting invasive plants such as black swallow-wort, common mullein, purple foxglove, Japanese stiltgrass and mile-a-minute vine to help prevent their spread on the refuge. Several invasive plants actively grow during the spring and summer months, often producing a lot of seeds and are highly competitive with native vegetation. Length of Time: Specific dates for invasive work days are announced in the spring and summer usually from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration is required at least two days prior to the event.

Volunteer Landscaper/Trail Maintenance (Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Shirley, NY) - Assist refuge staff with routine weeding, mowing, weed eating and trail pruning. Length of Time: One to two hours per week as schedule allows during spring, summer and fall.

Volunteer Photographer (Amagansett, Elizabeth A. Morton, Oyster Bay, Target Rock and Wertheim National Wildlife Refuges) - Using volunteer’s own equipment, take photographs of native flora and fauna. Close ups/Macro photos are preferred. Photographs will become property of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and may be used for specific outreach materials including brochures, web sites, Power Points, etc. Length of Time: One to two hours per week as schedule allows during all seasons.  

Visitor Services Resident RV Volunteer (Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge) - The Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex connects the public to the wealth of natural resources on Long Island, while protecting wildlife and their habitat in one of the densest populated regions of the country. The visitor contact station at Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge will be standing in the dark without YOUR assistance! As an RV Volunteer in this center, you will help visitors connect to refuge lands through a variety of recreational opportunities. In addition to the thorough training you will receive, your knowledge of the refuge will be gleaned by living on refuge grounds! Continue reading for more specific details of this exciting opportunity.

Location: Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, 2595 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor, New York (Part of the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex) Hidden treasures and unexpected surprises can be found throughout Long Island. Whether your interests involve art museums, lighthouses or wineries, to some of the best fishing in New York state, to relaxing on some pristine beaches, a bounty of natural beauty, wildlife and scenery can be found on the island. If New York City is what you’re after, it is very easy to ride the Long Island Railroad from the Hamptons into New York City. Sit back, enjoy the scenery and let the conductor do all the hard work of driving for you!!

The Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, headquartered in Shirley, New York, encompasses ten units, totaling nearly 6,500 acres. The primary purpose for each is to benefit wildlife. These ten units protect many of the Island’s habitat types critical to migratory birds, endangered species and other wildlife. The Complex’s strategic location—situated in the Long Island Pine Barrens and along the Atlantic Flyway—provides important nesting, wintering and migratory stop-over areas for hundreds of bird species. Each refuge unit is unique in wildlife species, habitat and management programs. Five of the units on Long Island are open for visitors.

Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, a 187-acre peninsula, boasts exceptionally diverse habitats. Sandy and rocky beaches fringe the peninsula, while wooded bluffs overlook the bays. Morton Refuge consists of upland forest, ponds, salt marshes, beach, a lagoon and grasslands. These habitats provide for a variety of wildlife including close to 300 species of birds including least terns, osprey and the federally threatened piping plover. Located on the east end of Long Island, the nearby village of Sag Harbor feels more like a New England fishing village than the Hamptons.

Position Description: If you like interacting with people, both young and old, this is the volunteer position for you!! This volunteer position interacts closely with the Long Island Refuge Complex’s Visitor Services team. Stationed at Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuges, volunteers will focus their energies:

· Staffing the Elizabeth A. Morton Refuge Contact Station (Meet and cheerfully greet visitors, provide area and refuge recreation opportunity information, give orientations to the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System; assist visitors with refuge rules and regulations; concisely explain the refuge entrance fee options and sell various entrance fees; answer telephones, answer visitor questions, respond to visitor correspondences, distribute brochures and restock brochures.)

· Roving refuge trails to educate refuge visitors (Engage refuge visitors as they walk trails and look for wildlife, show wildlife related props and photos.);

· Provide informal interpretation (Research, develop and present interpretive programs, talks or demonstrations);

· Doing clerical activities (Filing, answering the phone at the front desk, researching refuge history at local libraries and organizing Complex’s image library.);

· Photographing a variety of natural resources; and

· Engaging in basic maintenance duties (Maintain cleanliness of public restrooms; pick up and dispose of litter found along roadways, trails and visitor areas).
These duties provide volunteers with the opportunity to reach diverse groups of people with a knowledge and appreciation of the environment and the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Skills Desired: Volunteers should have good communication skills, an interest in and ability to learn about area history and natural resources, a desire to share knowledge with visiting public and work with a diversity of staff and visitors. Experience with public speaking is beneficial, but not necessary. We especially look for volunteers with backgrounds as educators or naturalists and with skills in birding and photography. A flexibility to handle variations in routine due to shifting priorities and visitor needs is appreciated. In addition, we are looking for volunteers with a demonstrated skill for investigating refuge history through local sources. We are also looking for people with experience organizing and sorting image libraries (i.e. slides, photographs and digital images).

Position Dates: Use of a RV pad will require a two month minimum commitment and at least three, eight hour days for couples/week and four, eight hour days for individuals/week. The work schedule is firm (a half day Thursday, all day Friday and Saturday and a half day Sunday). Friday and Saturday shifts will be 8 hours, beginning at 8:00 am and ending at 4:30 pm. Thursday and Sunday shifts will be 12:00 – 4:00 pm. All volunteers will be given an orientation to Long Island National Wildlife Refuges and a volunteer hat, shirt and jacket.

Housing and Amenities: One RV pad is located at this national wildlife refuge. The pad is crushed gravel and has full hook ups (water, electric and sewer). Amenities for RV volunteers include a picnic table and access to a washer/dryer in the headquarters or intern building. Dogs are NOT allowed. The stipend is $75/week/couple ($60/week/individual camper). On the job training will be provided.

Qualifications: 

· Must be a U.S. citizen

· A valid driver’s license is necessary.

· Must pass a federal background investigation in order to use government computers

Internships

If you're interested in learning more about internships, contact the refuge headquarters about opportunities we currently have available: 631-286-0485.
 

The 2014 internship application period has finished.

The Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex will be soliciting for additional TERM positions in September or October 2014. They will be advertised through the web site usajobs.gov at that time. Please check back for additional information.

Last Updated: Feb 20, 2014
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