Visitor Center Greeter and Nature Store Volunteer

Facility

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The Wertheim visitor center is open Monday through Saturday from 9AM to 4PM. The facility showcases the wildlife and habitat of ten refuge units on Long Island. Visitors can also learn about opportunities for wildlife-viewing, hiking, fishing, educational programs and special events offered by...

Location

Address

360 Smith Rd.
Shirley, NY 11967
United States

Volunteer Position Overview

Volunteers Needed
-
Recruitment Start Date
Recruitment End Date
Training Required
No
Security Clearance Needed
No
Virtual
No
Suitability
Adults, Seniors
Difficulty level
Not Difficult

About This Position

Volunteers are needed to assist in operation of the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex Visitor Center and Nature Store, located in Shirley, NY. If you like interacting with people, both young and old, this is the volunteer position for you!! Volunteer duties include: meet and cheerfully greet visitors; provide area and refuge recreation opportunity information; give orientations to the work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System; assist visitors with refuge rules and regulations; concisely explain the refuge entrance fee options; answer telephones; answer visitor questions; respond to visitor correspondences; distribute brochures; and restock brochures. These duties provide volunteers with the opportunity to reach diverse groups of people with a knowledge and appreciation of the environment and the National Wildlife Refuge System.


Thorough training in all aspects of visitor center operation is provided to new volunteers. New volunteers will be paired with experienced volunteers at first. Knowledge of Long Island is beneficial but not necessary.


1-2 volunteers are needed for each shift.


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Duties/Activities

Conservation Education
Tour Guide/Interpretation
Visitor Information

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