Friends of Wertheim
National Wildlife Refuge
The Friends of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (FOW) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the enduring protection, management and appreciation of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and its environs.
2015 Volunteer Opportunities
Department of Interior/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
To apply: Contact Sharon Ware at (631) 286-0485 ext. 2111 or email@example.com (If emailing, in the subject line, type in your name followed by the position you are applying for.).
The Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex connects the public to the wealth of natural resources on
VISITOR SERVICES VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
1. Visitor Center Greeter and Nature Store Volunteer (Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge) - The Complex’s interactive visitor center will be standing in the dark without YOUR assistance! As a Visitor Center Greeter and Nature Store Volunteer, you will help visitors connect to refuge lands through a variety of recreational opportunities. Volunteers are needed to assist in operation of the
2. Welcome Cabin Volunteer (Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge) - The Complex’s interactive visitor center is a gem in its own right, but some visitors miss the quaintness of the west side of the river, with the old headquarters building and the Friends of Wertheim Refuge’s Welcome Cabin. If you long for the quiet and beauty of overlooking the
3. Special Event / Community Outreach Volunteer (Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and off-site) - During special events we host, volunteers are needed to: staff a variety of education booths and children’s craft activities; lead canoe and birding tours; direct parking; and ensuring the public has a great experience at the event. During community sponsored events volunteers will staff an information table to acquaint event attendees with the refuge units on
4. Volunteer Photographer (Five national wildlife refuge units open to public) - Using volunteer’s own equipment, take photographs of native flora and fauna. Close ups/Macro photos are preferred. Photographs will become property of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and may be used for specific outreach materials.
5. Photo Historian Volunteer (Five national wildlife refuge units open to public) - Using volunteer’s own equipment, find a location at one of the five national wildlife refuges open to the public and take a photo once a week or month of the view. Compile these photographs into a yearly snapshot of each refuge.
6. Marketing Assistance Volunteer (Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and off-site) – These volunteers establish and maintain contacts with the media to enlist support through media coverage. Assisting with tours for media and community representatives to acquaint them with the refuge units. Extraordinary skill in dealing with people and enthusiasm for the refuge units, mission, and programs. Knowledge of social media and marketing techniques is a plus.
7. Volunteer Speakers Bureau (Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and off-site) – These volunteers present programs promoting the refuge units in response to community organization requests. Presentations are in PowerPoint format and are usually one hour in length, in the evening within the local commuting area. Exceptional public speaking skills, dependability and ability to independently handle assignments required.
8. Volunteer Historian (Five national wildlife refuge units open to public and off-site) – Research history of previous land owners, land use and other important information for the five refuge units open to the public. Collect documents, photos and oral history for a variety of sources, including internet and local libraries.
MAINTENANCE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
9. Beach Cleanup Volunteer (Morton and Target Rock National Wildlife Refuges) - Assist refuge staff with litter pickup of local refuge beaches. Gloves, trash bags and snacks are provided.
10. Volunteer Landscaper/Trail Maintenance (Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge) - Specific projects include: mow grass around visitor center once a week, mow grass in middle of trails twice a summer, weed the flowers beds around visitor center once a month, prune branches out of trails once a month, power wash front and back lobbies of visitor center twice a year, “weed eat” around the “You Are Here” panels along trails, pull vegetation from the see through boardwalks and along trails behind visitor center, pick up litter along Smith Road once a month, and redesign a purple martin bird house.
11. Volunteer Gardener (Wertheim and Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuges) – Maintain the flower beds in front of the visitor center at Wertheim Refuge and the pollinator garden at Elizabeth A. Morton Refuge. Research care of native plants, pull weeds, install plant ID tags, beautify the area, and provide interpretation of the garden(s) to visitors.
12. Invasive Species Control Volunteer (Seatuck and Wertheim National Wildlife Refuges) - Purple foxglove is a biennial (two year growth cycle) herb/forb that is considered invasive across
13. River Maintenance Volunteer (Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge) - Canoe or kayak the
FRIENDS OF WERTHEIM REFUGE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
14. Friends of Wertheim Refuge Web Site Content Manager Volunteer (Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and off-site) – Manage the Friends of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge web site, including updating content and photos.