Community Outreach Assistant
Location: Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
Duties: Volunteers staff a refuge exhibit/booth at a community outreach event, school, county fair, or festival.
- Greet and interact with the public in a positive manner and act as an advocate and ambassador for the refuge.
- Volunteer should be knowledgeable of refuge current events, management strategies, habitat, wildlife, recreation opportunities, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Provide information on the refuge and public events to the public.
- Answer questions about the refuge. If you cannot answer a question directly, providing resources to help that person find an answer.
- Interpreting various educational materials including display boards, furs, pelts, taxidermy mounts, nests, replica skulls, replica scat, feathers, bone fragments, etc.
- Volunteers are responsible for picking up and returning the exhibit items, leaflets and other supplies to the refuge.
- Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the event.
Qualifications & Time Commitment: Must complete a volunteer orientation and will be required to attend an event with an experienced volunteer partner before volunteering independently. Many outreach events have a minimum of two volunteers who attend. Volunteer must have good communication skills and the ability to work with a variety of people. They must also be willing to learn and pass on accurate information about the refuge.

Community Outreach Events occur throughout the year and events will be communicated to volunteers as they come up. Most shifts are 4 hours long and generally within 30 miles of the refuge.
Job Hazards: Potential hazards for this role include prolonged sitting or standing at a booth. If the event is outside, outdoor hazards include exposure to extreme temperatures, sunburn, and insect bites/stings. Other potential hazards include injury from slips, trips and falls going to and from the event, strain from bending and lifting heavy bins of educational materials, and potential hazard of working with unknown and potentially unpredictable/hostile persons from the public. If the refuge is closed due to inclement weather, the outreach event shift will also be cancelled.
Work:(763) 389-3323
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Volunteers serve up to: 4 hours Monthly
Times needed:
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Experience/Skills/Qualifications: Working with People
Contact: Deb Sorenson