Visitor Center Greeter and Nature Store Volunteer
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.
Special Event Volunteer
We need volunteers to: staff a variety of education booths and children’s craft activities; lead canoe and birding tours; direct parking; and other tasks as they arise. Length of Time: Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year for one-time events.
Invasive Species Control Volunteer
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.
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, usually a Saturday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pmVolunteer Landscaper/Trail Maintenance - 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.
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.
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The black tupelo, or black gum, is a tree of great importance in these woodlands. As one of the oldest species of tree in this area, capable of living well over 650 years, each tree can have a large and lengthy impact on its surroundings.