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Get InvolvedLoess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge has a thriving volunteer program with over 100 volunteers contributing thousands of hours each year. However, new volunteers are needed every year to help us fulfill our mission. You can be a part of something great!

Volunteer opportunities on the refuge range from one-day stewardship projects to a regular commitment to help staff with different duties. Volunteers who want to make a regular commitment may help staff the visitor contact station’s information desk and help visitors plan their day. Volunteers also staff activities during special events, lead school and nature programs, assist staff with wildlife surveys, maintenance projects, habitat management, and a variety of other tasks.

Youth, civic, educational, and special interest groups are always welcome to volunteer. Hands-on stewardship activities like removing invasive species and clearing brush from prairie habitats are most popular with groups. Scouts can earn recognition from their volunteering experience.

Volunteers make a huge difference at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge. Whether you are able to volunteer for just an hour or throughout the year, all help is greatly appreciated.

Potential volunteers should contact Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge at 660-442-3187.


Youth Conservation Corps

2017 Loess Bluffs NWR Summer Job Opportunities

Are you between the ages 15 to 18? Do you have a love for the outdoors? 
Looking for a summer job? Interested in exploring a career in wildlife management? 
Come join our team!

Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge (formerly Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge) will sponsor a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) employment program for the summer of 2017.

What is the Youth Conservation Corps?
The United States Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer youth employment program that engages young people in valuable hands-on work experiences to help develop and maintain the natural resources of the United States on national wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests, and fish hatcheries.

Who is eligible?
For young men and women, 15 through 18 years of age (cannot reach 19 before July 28), who are permanent residents of the United States. The eight-week educational work program is scheduled from June 5 to July 28, 2017. Enrollee’s pay will be Missouri’s minimum wage rate which is presently $7.70 per hour. Work will consist of 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Selected applicants will need to have their own bank account before reporting to work and show their Social Security card. Applicants can call the refuge office at 660-442-3187 if you have more questions.

What will I do?
YCC members will learn about the different jobs in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the conservation of natural resources. Projects include but are not limited to:

• Nature Trail Maintenance
• Building and Grounds Maintenance
• Invasive Species Control
• Biological Surveys
• Environmental Education

Participants will do hard physical work outdoors and may be exposed to insects, poison ivy, adverse weather, and difficult working conditions, but it is an overall rewarding experience!

How do I apply?
Applications are available at the Loess Bluffs NWR office located at 25542 Hwy 159, Forest City, MO, or here. Applications must be received or postmarked no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2017 at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge. Four applicants will be selected for employment in a random drawing held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at refuge headquarters and all applicants will be notified by mail after selections.

Mailing Address for Completed Applications:
    Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge
    ATTN: Lindsey Landowski
    P.O. Box 158
    Mound City. MO 64470

2017 YCC Flyer
2017 YCC Application


Last Updated: Mar 01, 2017
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