Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hagerman Is Wild For You!

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, located at 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, offers a number of volunteer opportunities, including the following that are coordinated by the Friends of Hagerman:

Visitor Center Volunteers – greet visitors, hand out literature and answer questions about the Refuge, book tram reservations and make gift shop sales using computer sales system.  Work one or more shifts each month – 9 am – 12:30 pm and/or 12:30 – 4 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 1 - 5 pm Sundays.  The schedule is flexible, and couples may work together.  Training is provided and extensive reference materials are available to volunteers.  Must be 18, or 16 if accompanied by a parent/volunteer.

Nature Walk Leaders – lead small groups on guided walk on one of the Refuge trails.  Need good general knowledge of birds, other wildlife, as well as plants at Hagerman NWR.  Join on call team for school and other group visits by adults or youngsters, may be needed weekdays or weekends, specify when you could be available. Age 18 or older.

Youth Program Assistant – join the Youth FIRST team!  Programs are for ages 4 -7 and 8 – 12, on the first Saturday of each month.  Sign up to attend the next team meeting and you can choose to read a story, lead a game or a craft for one or more sessions, or just provide general help!  Must be 16 or older.

Nest Box Monitor – Nestbox trails at Refuge are monitored weekly, March through August; schedule depends on how many teams we have for the season; generally a team of two  monitors once each month, plus work days at the beginning and end of each season.  The number of volunteers needed is limited. Must be available on a Thursday or Friday, be 18 or older, have completed the free, online safe driving course, and able to record data accurately.  

Gardener – work in the  Butterfly Garden at the Refuge as we add plants, weed, and mulch.  Join a team that is on call for workdays, weekdays and/or weekends.  Provide own tools and gloves.  Minimum age 18, or 16 if accompanied by parent/volunteer.

Garden Docent - Know or ready to learn butterflies and native plants? Join the on-call team who give guided tours and presentations in the Butterfly Garden, weekdays or weekends April - October. Meet monthly on a weekday for training and work events. Age 18 or older.

Tram Tour Driver/Guides - Drive  the CandE Cardinal Express, electric open-air tram, on 4 mile tour route (1.5 hours) at Hagerman NWR; must have safe driving record, be age 18 or older, complete approved driver safety program and be knowledgeable about wildlife and willing to learn Refuge history and operations to share with visitors on tour.  Drive one or more times monthly, Wednesday at 10 am, Sundays at 2 pm; Saturdays either 10 am or 2 pm, depending on the season, and for special events.   Tours go, weather permitting. 

Marketing Team -  Like to tell folks about Hagerman?  Join an on-call pool for outreach events at fairs and festivals; hand out literature and promote the Refuge.  Writer? Contact us about submitting short pieces for the Friends blog or newsletter. Photographer?  Post HNWR photos on the Friends Facebook Page, cover events and more.

There are also opportunities for folks with special skills, accounting, artist, acrobat - well perhaps not acrobat! - but if you have a special skill or talent to share, PLEASE contact us!

Ways to reach us:

Call - Hagerman NWR - 903 786 2826

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