South Carolina Lowcountry Refuges
Southeast Region

 

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Volunteering on South Carolina's Lowcountry Refuges

  Volunteer relocates Loggerhead sea turtle nest. Credit: Steve Hillebrand, USFWS
  Relocating a Loggerhead sea turtle nest. Credit: Steve Hillebrand/ USFWS
  Volunteer releases banded wood duck. Credit: Marc Epstein©
  Banding Wood ducks. Credit: Marc Epstein/
USFWS
  Volunteer teaches children about a salt marsh turtle. Credit: Tricia Lynch, USFWS
  Teaching children about Lowcountry reptiles. Credit: Tricia Lynch/USFWS
  Volunteer makes repairs to restroom building. Credit: Tricia Lynch, USFWS
  Repairing a building. Credit: Tricia Lynch/USFWS

Do you enjoy exploring coastal South Carolina's natural spaces? Would you like to spend a day on one of our barrier islands relocating Loggerhead sea turtle nests? How about greeting visitors at one of our three visitor centers, or teaching a classroom of youth about the wildlife that depend on South Carolina's undeveloped coastal habitats? If these activities interest you, please contact us to sign up as a volunteer and join the team that supports South Carolina's Lowcountry Refuges.

Throughout the year, volunteers work with refuge employees to help us meet our management goals. They donate their personal time to lead tour groups, help repair refuge facilities, and assist with efforts that directly involve wildlife. Our refuge complex depends on them for a wide variety of activities. All are welcome to help out, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, nationality or physical challenges. Volunteer work assignments and schedules are tailored to fit individual volunteers.

We are currently seeking vounteers to work with us on all four refuges. Check out the list below to get an idea about how you can help support the native wildlife that depend on South Carolina's National Wildlife Refuges:

 

Cape Romain NWR - 10 minutes North of Mt. Pleasant on Highway 17 North.

  1. Environmental Education - Present children's programs pertaining to refuge and forest ecosystems, wildlife and plant management programs and conservation issues. Assist staff with program preparation.
  2. General Maintenance - Maintain hiking trails and boardwalks, service roads, picnic area and public restrooms on Bulls Island. Maintain the lawns at the visitor center, refuge office and Garris Landing. Assist with minor electrical, plumbing and carpentry repair as needed for all sites. Maintain public restrooms, parking area and pier at Garris Landing. Assist with vehicle and equipment maintenance. Assist with minor repair and cleaning for boats and trailers. Work may include construction and paint projects.
  3. Visitor Center Operations -Staff the reception desk, providing information and recreational maps for the Cape Romain NWR and Francis Marion National Forest. Stock merchandise and operate the cash register in sales store. Assist staff with preparing educational materials for programs and events.
  4. Biological Work - Assist biologist with sea turtle nest relocation and invasive species projects.

 

Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin NWR- near Adams Run, just 40 minutes from Charleston

  1. General Maintenance - Assist with refuge sign installation. Maintain service roads and grounds to include mowing and trimming. Maintain public restroom facilities. Assist with painting projects.
  2. Biological Work - Assist biologist with waterfowl and songbird surveys.
  3. Interpretation - Prepare and present walking tours relative to the natural and cultural history of the refuge.

 

Santee NWR - near Santee, just 40 minutes from Charleston

  1. Visitor Center Operations - Staff the reception desk, greeting visitors and providing refuge information.
  2. General Maintenance - Trim and maintain the numerous hiking, biking and canoeing trails. Work may include boardwalk and overlook maintenance. Carpentry skills are a plus.
  3. Biological Work - Assist biological staff in maintaining and monitoring Wood duck and Bluebird boxes. Construct boxes as needed. Waterfowl banding opportunities may be available.

 

Waccamaw NWR - 20 minutes north of Georgetown, on Highway 701

  1. Visitor Center Operations - Staff the reception desk, greeting visitors and providing refuge information. Stock merchandise and operate the cash register in sales store. Assist staff with preparing educational materials for programs and events.
  2. Environmental Education - Present children's programs pertaining to the refuge ecosystem, wildlife and plant management programs and conservation issues. Assist staff with preparing educational materials for programs and events.
  3. General Maintenance - Assist with trail maintenance and mowing at Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area. Maintain grounds and facility at the visitor center. Assist with painting and carpentry projects at refuge facilities.

 

To sign up as a Volunteer, just fill out the volunteer application and agreement forms and e-mail it to the Refuge Manager at the refuge where you would like to work (Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin, Cape Romain, Santee, or Waccamaw NWR. If you would like to speak to someone about our volunteer program or need more information, please call 843.928.3264 and ask for Sarah Dawsey, SC Refuges Deputy Project Leader.

Last updated: January 28, 2015
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