Maintenance / Equipment Operator
ADDRESS: San Antonio, NM, USA
DEPT: Fish & Wildlife Service
DATES: 10/17/2022 – 2/28/2023
Welcome to Wild at one of America’s most premier federal lands – Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge! As a volunteer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maintenance/Equipment Operators will operate heavy equipment, perform maintenance shop duties, and assist the maintenance staff to improve habitat, working conditions, accessibility, and functionality of refuge lands.
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is the largest of the last remaining intact wetlands of the historic floodplain of the Rio Grande. A small group of staff work hard to re-create the processes of the river and provide food and rest for thousands of overwintering birds in what is now a world-famous nature tourism destination. Each year the Friends of Bosque del Apache hosts a large festival (Festival of the Cranes) which draws about 6,000 visitors and spans multiple days. RV volunteers are critical to supporting staff at this busy station.
Bosque del Apache strives to maintain a Queer/LGBTQA+ and BIPOC-friendly space and work environment. Working and living at this station requires the ability to work with, take direction from, and live near people of all ages, backgrounds, and personality types. Positive outlooks and flexibility are key to success at this large and active station. We welcome RV volunteers of all backgrounds to apply!
We are seeking individuals or a couple to serve as maintenance/equipment operators for the October 17, 2022, through February 28, 2023, season. All applicants must be available for the entire season. We will consider couples if we can find an appropriate position for your partner. RV pads are the only available housing.
The Maintenance/Equipment Operator Position requires that you work 24 hours per week (typically three 8-hour days) October 17, 2022, through February 28, 2023. Your lunch break will be one hour off duty near the midpoint of the day.
Please list at least two volunteer or professional work references on your application.
Operate equipment such as agricultural tractors, mowers, backhoes, skid steer loaders, and graders.
Mechanical maintenance and repair of equipment
Attention to resource needs and sensitivities through close coordination with maintenance and biology staff.
Complies with volunteer uniform policy. Maintains a neat and professional appearance.
Assists with other projects as assigned based on the needs of the refuge which could include assisting with janitorial duties. Other duties may include tasks such as assisting with: landscaping, invasive plant removal, painting, minor carpentry, organizing and cleaning refuge warehouses and many other projects that are on the refuge “long-term to do list”.
RV Volunteers typically work solo or in small groups with staff and other volunteers on refuge priority projects in outdoor settings or in the refuge maintenance shops.
Slip, trip, and fall hazards
This is a wildlife refuge, so volunteers will encounter a variety of animals, birds, reptiles, and insects, which should not be handled.
BACKGROUND/REFERENCE CHECK REQUIRED