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Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge

John Benson
(Sumner, MO )

Can you picture yourself sitting behind this desk?<BR>Swan Lake NWR Visitor Center

Can you picture yourself sitting behind this desk?
Swan Lake NWR Visitor Center

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a refuge for waterfowl. Established in 1937, it provides a place for ducks, geese, and other waterfowl species to nest, rest, and feed. In the fall, the peak migration of ducks exceeds 100,000 birds. In the winter, over 100 bald eagles are on the refuge. It is also a large wintering area for the eastern prairie population of Canada geese and Mississippi flyway duck populations.

The refuge is used by the public for wildlife observation, environmental education, hiking, and hunting and fishing.

We are looking for work campers to assist with operating The Swan Lake NWR in Sumner, MO. This is a part-time position of 10-12 hours per week in exchange for full camper hooks. The camper sites are 20’x40’ and are equipped with water and electrical (both 50A&30A)/sewer hookups). We have two RV spots available and are looking for workers from 15 August 2011 until 30 October 2011.

As a workamper at Swan Lake NWR, you'll have an excellent opportunity with the best of two worlds. One is the beautiful surroundings of the refuge with its bountiful wildlife and plant habitats. The second is the ability to interact with visitors and local communities.

Your duties will include running the Visitor Center on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Duties include greeting visitors, answering questions about the refuge, operating a small museum, and keeping count of total number of visitors. You will also be responsible for general janitorial and cleaning services (i.e. vacuuming the carpet, sweeping off the main sidewalk entrance, and cleaning and re-supplying the restrooms) of the Visitor Center’s offices and restrooms on those days. On occasions, you will assist with special social events held on the refuge.

Other potential work opportunities are available for those who have talents in the following areas: carpentry, mechanical/electrical maintenance, lawn maintenance, and assisting with wildlife surveys.

Interested parties should contact Steve Whitson or John Benson at the address below.

Swan Lake NWR
16194 Swan Lake Ave
Sumner, MO 64681
Phone: 660-856-3323
FAX: 660-856-3687
Email: steve_whitson@fws.gov
Email: john_benson@fws.gov

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