Trail Monitor Volunteer - Volunteers are needed to walk the trail at Morton Refuge looking for hazards and picking up litter. Length of Time: Both short and long term. One to two hours per week as schedule allows during spring, summer and fall.
Special Event Volunteer - We need volunteers to: staff a variety of education booths and children’s craft activities; lead birding tours; other tasks as they arise. Length of Time: Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year for one-time events.
Weed Warrior Volunteer - Volunteers will assist with hand-pulling common mullein, yellow-horned poppy, Japanese barberry and mile-a-minute to help prevent its spread on the refuge. Length of Time: Specific dates and times in spring to be announced. Registration is required at least two days prior to the event.
Beach Cleanup Volunteer - Assist refuge staff with litter pickup of local refuge beaches. Gloves, trash bags and snacks are provided. Length of Time: Specific dates in spring and late summer, usually a Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Volunteer Photographer - 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, Sag Harbor, NY) - 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! Contact Visitor Services Manager, Jody DeMeyere, for a detailed position description (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Internships are advertised in the spring of each year. Interns have already been chosen for the 2013 season.
Position Title: Conservation Biology Intern (2 positions)
Job Description: The position will support conservation activities at four units of the Long Island NWR Complex and provide the intern with an opportunity to study wildlife management techniques through actual field work. This internship will focus on several tasks such as monitoring populations of beach nesting birds (e.g. federally threatened piping plover, least and common tern, and American oystercatcher), predator management and invasive species management. Duties include setting up/taking down symbolic fencing/exclosures, population surveys, nest searches, behavioral observations, daily nest and brood monitoring, predator surveillance and trapping, invasive species mapping and control and public outreach. Additional duties include beach clean ups, monitoring threatened/endangered plant populations and maintaining visitor facilities. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in other ongoing refuge management activities and visitor services programs. On-the-job-training will be provided by a wildlife biologist. The intern will work 5 days a week, including weekends, holidays, and nights for a total of 40 hours/week with minimal supervision. Shifts will be limited to 8 hours per day, but must be flexible in start and end times. A government vehicle is provided for work tasks. A background check will be required to gain access to facilities and computer use.
Position Title: Visitor Services Intern (1 position)
Job Description: If you like interacting with people, both young and old, this is the internship for you!! This lucky intern will become a member of the Long Island Refuge Complex’s Visitor Services team, stationed at Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge. The primary focus of the internship will be three fold: a) staffing a remote visitor contact station, b) develop and conduct educational and interpretive programs for the visiting public; and c) assisting with a nature based summer camp at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley, NY. The intern will be responsible for conducting outreach to the local community to advertise the educational and recreational opportunities available at the refuge. These duties provide interns with the opportunity to reach diverse groups of people with a knowledge and appreciation of the environment and the National Wildlife Refuge System. In order to ensure a well-rounded experience, this intern will also assist with natural resource management (i.e. biology) activities such as invasive species and endangered species management. This will allow for an all-around view of the work the US Fish and Wildlife Service does for wildlife on Long Island.
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Piping plovers, federally-listed as threatened, arrive at the refuge between mid-March and early April. Once a full clutch of eggs has been laid, the refuge erects a wire exclosure around the nest. This keeps predators away from the nest, while allowing the birds to come and go. Interns monitor hatching and fledging rates.