If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Visitor Services Manager, Ann Marie Chapman, to learn more about opportunities we currently have available. You can reach Ms. Chapman by calling (631) 286-0485 x2131 or through email at AnnMarie_Chapman@fws.gov.
VISITOR SERVICES VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
MAINTENANCE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
FRIENDS OF WERTHEIM REFUGE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
If you like interacting with people, both young and old, this is the volunteer position for you!! This volunteer position interacts closely with Long Island Refuge Complex’s Visitor Services team. Stationed at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuges, volunteers will focus their energies:
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 building. On the job training will be provided.
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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.