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Resident Volunteer

Fish & Wildlife Service

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Compensation: RV Site Only
Hookups: Full (FHU)
Wi-Fi: Unknown
Pets OK?: No

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Job Description



ADDRESS: Cape May National Wildlife Refuge; 24 Kimbles Beach Road; Cape May Court House, New Jersey 08210

DEPT: Fish & Wildlife Service

DATES: 6/15/2022 – 10/1/2022


Work with us to help maintain and protect habitats for wildlife and beaches for birds. Foster stewardship with our community and our visitors and enjoy assisting with refuge maintenance and upkeep. All only footsteps away from the Atlantic Ocean! Please note, Pets are not permitted.

This is a resident volunteer opportunity at Cape May and Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuges, NJ. During your time volunteering, you’ll work side-by-side with Refuge staff and become part of the Refuge family. Projects you’ll be helping with include, but are not limited to, grounds and building upkeep, trail maintenance, and visitor education. Volunteers are expected to work for 24 hours a week. While off-duty, historic Cape May is a short drive away, Atlantic Ocean is a stone throw away, and numerous other attractions within a hour’s drive. Length of the opportunity is flexible based on your needs, although it does start to cool down in October. Please note, this is a resident volunteer opportunity for RV owners and a RV pad with hookups is provided. Pets are not permitted.



Resident Volunteers will support the refuge through…


Trail maintenance: Trimming of vegetation, removal of sand from boardwalk, spreading of shells on sand-based trail, cleaning and maintenance of trail signs, and blocking and covering social trails.


Building upkeep: Organizing of tools, power washing exteriors, replacing burnt-out light bulbs, and inventorying supplies.


Grounds upkeep: Mowing lawn, weeding whacking, litter removal, trimming vegetation, spreading base rock, cleaning, and maintenance of interpretive and policy signs.


Habitat management: removal, treatment, and thinning of invasive or nonnative species.


Visitor education: Gaining local and refuge knowledge, speaking with visitors, answering visitor questions, and sharing refuge policy information.


All other potential tasks will be discussed with the Resident Volunteers and properly documented beforehand.


Resident Volunteers will need a valid drivers license and a RV in which to dwell.


Drivers License
General Assistance
Hand Power Tools
Other Trade Skills
Working with People


Resident Volunteers are expected to perform tasks that require a degree of physical activity. Work may also occur outside, which in of itself, can be physically taxing due to the heat. Resident Volunteers are expected and encouraged to communicate with FWS staff to promote wellbeing and safety while volunteering.



Slip, trip, and fall hazards
Equipment maintenance
Work organization and process flow (including staffing and scheduling)



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