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Volunteer

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Visitor Services Manager, Jody DeMeyere, to learn more about opportunities we currently have available. 631-286-0485 or jody_demeyere@fws.gov 

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 (Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Shirley, NY and 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 brand new Complex’s interactive visitor center will be standing in the dark without YOUR assistance! As an RV Volunteer in this new 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 lands will be gleaned by living on refuge grounds! Contact Visitor Services Manager, Jody DeMeyere, for a detailed position description (jody_demeyre@fws.gov).

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2014
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