RV Volunteer Opportunities

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We are seeking to fill two RV pads with volunteers for the 2020 season. There is a wide variety of opportunities. A primary focus will include staffing our two visitor centers. Additional duties may include but are not limited to: maintenance projects, habitat restoration, and contributing to scientific studies.

Examples of Indoor Work: Greet and orient visitors while staffing a visitor center. Operate a nature store run by the Minnesota Valley Refuge Friends at the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center. Fill and clean bird feeders. Having a current DOI Access Card is an advantage with potential to obtain one as needed for computer access.

Examples of Outdoor Work: Walk trails and provide guided tours. Assist with invasive plant species detection and removal, maintaining pollinator gardens and collecting seed from desired native plant species. Track seasonal changes of plants & animals in the Nature’s Notebook App. Assist with plant and/or animal biological surveys. Assist with grassland monitoring and habitat assessments. Boundary posting, painting, maintaining grounds (mowing/landscaping), facilities, and trails. Masonry work is also a possibility, depending on experience and skill. Must be able to load/unload mowers, use weed whips, and blowers (training provided). May include use of tractors for mowing parking lots and berms, possible use of skid steer for habitat improvement projects. Preference may be given to those who have completed FWS Heavy Equipment Safety Training, or have previous heavy equipment experience. 

Location: The RV pads are located on the refuge at our Rapids Lake Unit in Carver, MN amidst the prairie. The closest city with full amenities is Chaska, MN. 

Requirements: Weekend Visitor Center work is required. Volunteers must enjoy working with others and providing excellent customer service. A valid driver’s license and a defensive driving course (provided) to operate a government vehicle. A fingerprint background check to access non-public areas of the refuge. 24 volunteer hours per week per person and a four-month minimum stay.

Benefits: The refuge will provide a full hookup RV site with electrical, water, sewer, and picnic table. Laundry facilities will be available in our maintenance shop. RV volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in multiple training and staff events.

How to Apply: Applicants should fill out the Natural Resources Volunteer form and submit with resume including 3 references and a photo of Trailer/RV to sarah_inouye@fws.gov

ContactFor more information, please contact Sarah Inouye-Leas, Minnesota Valley NWR, sarah_inouye@fws.gov or 952/858-0724.