Turnbull NWR Visitor Services Assistant


Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 20,000 acres in eastern Washington on the edge of the Columbia River Basin. The Channeled Scablands ecosystem that predominates the Refuge is unique within the National Wildlife Refuge System and has characteristics that distinguish it from the...



26010 South Smith Rd
Cheney, WA 99004
United States

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About This Position

Spend your days in the unique landscape of the channeled scablands at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge!

Volunteers needed for the following 3 month commitments: May - July 2023 and August - October 2023.

This position opens, closes and staffs the visitor contact station, which features and information desk and a couple of small exhibits and multimedia displays. This position also assists with the retail management of a small bookstore operated by the Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. To learn more about the refuge go to https://www.fws.gov/refuge/turnbull.

As the resident visitor services assistant, you provide orientation, interpretation and answer visitor questions at the main information desk. You would also cover topics regarding the refuge, local natural and cultural resources, safety precautions, rules and regulations, recreational opportunities, and area services. You would also assist staff with operations and maintenance of facilities, including cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash containers, ensuring refuge is free of litter and other more complex maintenance and visitor facility projects within your abilities.

Schedule is typically 4 days on and 3 days off. Day to day schedule varies. Couples will work the same days but may not have the same daily schedule.

The location of the refuge is about 40 minutes southwest of Spokane, WA. The closest municipality is the town of Cheney, WA, which hosts several grocery stores, a university, and other services. Nearby recreational opportunities include Riverside State Park (40 minutes) and Mount Spokane State Park (1 hour). Several other parks, refuges, and public lands exist within a half-day's drive. Many of these locations have opportunities for hiking, water sports, and mountain biking. The city of Coeur d'Alene, ID is next closest major metropolitan area.

RV or motor home utility hook-ups for electric, water, and sewage available. No propane. This position requires 24 hours/week per resident. Exact start and end dates negotiable.

When applying please provide contact information for three references. Two references should be professional. If applying as couple please provide both applicant names.


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