Duties: Maintenance crews are not glamorous- but they are an integral part of the keeping the refuge functioning. The main duty of the maintenance crew is to do littler pick up and trash can removal. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to drive through the Everglades in a government provided vehicle. Help us keep the habitat clean, the animals free from pollution, and the refuge beautiful.
Background: The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is home to 146,000 plus acres of cypress swamp, tree islands, and wet prairies- all part of the beautiful Everglades! Visitation slows down during the summer but we have plenty of programs and work to do. Our headquarters area contains the headquarters office, visitor center and over 20 miles of trails, and is conveniently located just 3 miles restaurants, groceries, and other activities. Despite summer heat, we are a bustling Urban Refuge with many community partnerships. Our refuge is not just a place for outdoor recreation, but learning, exploring, and teaching!
Benefits and reimbursements: Volunteers are not federal employees, and will not receive payment for their time, medical or health insurance, retirement benefits, or federal status. All volunteers are covered under Workers' Compensation Program for medical expenses for any work-related injuries.
Policies and training: Volunteers must have a valid Driver’s License and complete USFWS Defensive Driving training. Volunteers must follow station policies and complete a volunteer orientation training. Volunteers may also have additional training opportunities if available and open to non-employees.
Age and uniform requirements: Must be over the age of 18 to drive a government vehicle and over the age of 21 to use certain equipment. All volunteers are required to wear an official FWS volunteer uniform with name tag. Volunteers will be provided with a set of shirts. Volunteers must provide their own pants/jeans/shorts and choose appropriate clothing for each task and weather. Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes when on duty.
Apply now through volunteer.gov!