Outdoor Maintenance / Visitor Services
Fish & Wildlife Service
21 Pintail Ln
Natchez, Mississippi 39120
Volunteers assist in many visitor-oriented objectives such as trail maintenance, kiosk repair, mowing, gardening, environmental interpretation, nature center helper, bird surveys, and many other tasks which vary by season, such as collecting hunter harvest data. Citizen scientists are encouraged to apply! This is a great position for someone that enjoys working independently and takes pleasure in nature. Couples will be considered if we can find an appropriate position for your partner.
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. These volunteer positions are primarily located at St. Catherine Creek, with one volunteer position available at Bayou Cocodrie during hunting season.
We are seeking individuals willing to volunteer throughout the year, in flexible five or six-week rotations. We will consider couples if we can find an appropriate position for your partner. Start and end dates are negotiable, and longer terms are negotiable.
RV pads with electric, water, and sewer hookups are available at both refuges with a minimum six week commitment of 20 hours per week, negotiable for a longer term with a minimum of 120 hours of work per resident volunteer. Due to the remote locations of the refuges, cellular phone service is not guaranteed, but is available by the office. Inquire with the refuge manager about other on-site housing options, or if housing is not needed at all. Sorry, no pets are allowed due to wildlife considerations.
BACKGROUND/REFERENCE CHECK REQUIRED:
- All applicants must be at least 21 years of age
- A valid driver license is required
- Completion of a free online defensive driving course
- Compliance with volunteer uniform policy
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit a brief resume of relevant experience and skills, and list at least two professional or volunteer work references on your application.
(Depending on skills/abilities)
- Sign and gate cleaning, replacement, painting
- Boardwalk cleaning and repair (carpentry)
- Spray parking areas
- Litter pickup
- Trail maintenance
- Mowing (riding mower)
- Boundary marking
- During hunting season, collecting jawbone buckets and paperwork from the deer check/weigh stations daily
- Restocking kiosks with brochures and updating bulletin boards
- Greeting and directing visitors
- Safely operating a government vehicle on refuge land, as assigned
- Gardening, planting, seeding, weeding
- Office, shop, and/or visitor center organization and basic janitorial
- Attending at an event table
- Creating and printing fliers and trail maps
- Directing visitors to trailheads and distributing refuge information
- Leading other volunteers in group volunteer days
- Filing paperwork and organizing station library.
- Assisting refuge staff with special events, bird surveys and other miscellaneous tasks
- Operation of hand tools including by not limited to trowel/spade, shovel, loppers, hedger, pruning shears, saws, axe.
- Drivers License
- Front Desk/Visitor Information
- Working with People
- Basic carpentry
- Trail maintenance
- Small equipment operation and repair
- Bird and plant identification
- Group presentations/nature-themed
- Fishing, including fly-fishing