This is a unique opportunity for one individual to assist a small nature center/visitor contact station that needs to be repainted on the interior and kept tidy by cleaning common areas, and installing creative and refuge season-appropriate displays and exhibits. Are you a birder, a hiker, a botanist, or a paddler interested in leading some interpretive hikes or float trips in non-hunting zones? Scientists, literature researchers, writers, and experienced interpretive guides/docents are encouraged to apply.
Primary duties of this volunteer position include answering phones, maintaining displays/kiosks/bulletins, filing and office organization, and interaction with visitors in the nature center, as well as painting walls. Interpretation through design of displays, brochures, kiosk displays, refuge signage placement, and trail cleanup duties (e.g., branch removal) are possible duties in appropriate seasons. Depending on experience and workload, there may be opportunity to give interpretive talks and hikes and float trips, or to assist with bird surveys/wildlife tasks, trail maintenance, litter pickups, or boardwalk repairs. If additional outdoor work is desired, tending to the pollinator garden is encouraged. GIS skills would be awesome for developing some maps, but it is not a requirement for this volunteer position.
Work schedule will be pre-arranged with the station manager.
St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located along the Mississippi River just south of Natchez, Mississippi. It is well known for the thousands of wading birds, waterfowl, and forest birds, which utilize the dense flooded areas, swamps, bottomland forests, and uplands. Bayou Cocodrie is just across the river in Ferriday, Louisiana, and is comprised mainly of forested bottomlands and managed wetlands. This position is primarily located at St. Catherine Creek NWR.
RV pads with electric, water, and sewer hookups are available at both refuges with a minimum six week commitment of 24 hours per week per resident, negotiable for a longer term. Due to the remote locations of the refuges, cellular phone service is not guaranteed, but is available by the office and is somewhat available at the RV site with the signal booster (provided) but the signal is not very strong. For enrolled college students, a student house is available with a furnished, private bedroom and shared bath, with laundry on-site. Sorry, no pets are allowed due to wildlife considerations. Tent camping is not permitted on either refuge, nor are open fires. Inquire with the refuge manager if you have questions regarding housing.