Volunteers at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge are
an integral part of the staff. They assist with numerous projects ranging from
wildlife inventories to presenting interpretive programs, and their help has
been instrumental in the accomplishment of a number of refuge projects and
The Refuge Volunteer
Program is actually made up of three smaller programs, each adding its own
uniqueness to the overall operations of the Refuge. The programs are made up of
the following: General Volunteers, Resident Volunteers, and Internships. Each program
offers hands-on, working experience in the day-to-day activities of the Refuge.
Volunteers perform duties in three areas: Visitor Services,
Environmental Education, Maintenance, and Resource Management.
Visitor Services volunteers help run and clean the Refuge visitor
center, answer questions, act as receptionist and run the Nature Store both
during the week and exclusively on weekends.
Education volunteers form the back-bone of the refuge's volunteer
outreach activities, and as such they must undergo more specialized training
and background clearance than those who only work in visitor services.
Maintenance volunteers help maintain and reconstruct trails, pick
up litter, maintain landscaping, repair boardwalks, repair roads, and assist
with other construction projects.
Resource Management is a broad term that encompasses many
different jobs. Volunteers performing resource management duties do a lot of
different things. They assist our forestry staff in cruising timber, they
assist our wildlife biology staff with wildlife monitoring activities, and
preparing areas for prescribed burning.
HOW TO APPLY:
Local residents and
students interested in volunteering at the refuge can find more information about
our current volunteer vacancies by visiting GiveGab.com and searching for Noxubee
National Wildlife Refuge.
This program offers a
unique opportunity for recreational vehicle and/or trailer volunteers to live
and work at the refuge. It is only open to those volunteer candidates who own
their own trailer and/or RV. Volunteers commit to work at the refuge 32 hours a
week, for a minimum of thirty days.
In exchange for their services, the refuge provides a full hook-up
trailer pad plus access to garbage and laundry facilities. Volunteers perform
work in the same area of operations as do our general volunteer staff, i.e.
visitor services, environmental education, maintenance, and resource
To view current volunteer
vacancies and to apply, visit www.volunteer.gov and
search keyword "Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge".
This opportunity provides an excellent introductory experience
into the operations of a National Wildlife Refuge. Candidates perform a variety
of natural resource management activities and visitor services, and they are
introduced to many different facets of managing a wildlife refuge.
Full-time internships are 40 hours a week, The internships usually
run in twelve week increments for a total of three working months; however,
this schedule can be amended depending on the needs of the applicant and/or
site management. Dorm-style housing is available.
• Must be willing to work as a team
• Good written and verbal communication skills
• Must be willing to engage in some strenuous activities
• Willingness to speak in front of groups
• Willingness to do some routine administrative tasks (data entry, filing,
• Basic computer skills, foreign language skills and/or prior experience a plus
HOW TO APPLY:
Submit: 1) college transcript(s), 2) resume, 3) three names of
persons willing to provide letters of recommendation, and 4) letter of
application which includes a discussion of qualifications, experience, and
Send to: Refuge Manager, Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR, 13723 Bluff Lake Road,
Brooksville MS, 39739
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Help make a difference!
Volunteers play a vital role at Noxubee. You can assist with various projects, including:
wildlife inventories, trail maintenance, and teaching.