24141 Kansas Hwy 52
Pleasanton, KS 66075
Volunteer Position Overview
About This Position
If you enjoy spending time outdoors, working for wildlife, this could be a great opportunity for you!
We are looking for a volunteer or volunteer couple to work at the refuge from May to October (dates negotiable, minimum month stay) performing maintenance work (other opportunities available). We ask that each volunteer work 32 hours/week, however, this requirement is flexible with a minimum of 24 hours/week. (please do not let limitations in availability prevent you from considering this position; we can work with volunteers to fit their availability into our season.)
We offer a full hook-up campsite (water, sewer, electric service), provide all necessary uniform components, and safety equipment (vest, hard hat, etc.), along with free laundry, and a shed for storage. Volunteers provide their own RV or trailer.
The Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1992 primarily for the preservation and restoration of bottomland hardwood forest. The Refuge is named after the Marais des Cygnes River which runs through the middle of the refuge and is the dominant natural feature of the region. The 7500 acres of the Refuge encompass a variety of habitats from bottomland hardwood forests dominated by oaks and hickory to scattered prairie areas. About 2500 acres of the Refuge is closed to visitation and provides a haven for wildlife including the many migratory birds that use the forests for food and shelter. During the summer, the woods are alive with the sounds of birds from the song of the prothonotary warbler to the drumming of the red-headed woodpecker and the loud noises of blue jays. The refuge is approximately 8 miles from Pleasanton, Kansas which has a grocery store and various shops for other immediate needs. The refuge is approximately 65 miles from Kansas City which is home to many attractions such as the Kansas City Zoo, The National WWI Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the American Jazz Museum, City Market, the Ernie Miller Nature Center, the Lakeside Nature Center, and many other recreational opportunities.
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