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Volunteer Opportunities at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center

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Volunteer Possibilities at PRAC

The duties in this list fall under broad categories and are suggested to provide volunteers with opportunities to participate in activities that they like to do, appreciate, and will provide a sense of “ownership” for the volunteer. This will keep these folks returning and provide PRAC and its staff some most needed help.

Meet & Greet (Reception & Interpretation Hall)

  • Visitor meet and greet – can assist with store, meeting room, and administrative tasks while “waiting” on visitors
  • Meeting room support – ensure that any meeting room users have what they need
  • Saturday “in house” volunteer – assist with visitors and prep and conduct of any scheduled programming

On-Site Docents / Naturalists (outside the building and grounds)

  • Orient and interpret on-site elements to visitors
  • Conduct daily scheduled grounds tours
  • Assist with grounds maintenance tasks, as necessary

Critter Care

  • Bird feeder and dripper maintenance (filling and cleaning)
  • Aquarium/terraria maintenance and animal feeding
  • Collection of feeder fish and other on-site sources of food

Garden & Grounds Maintenance

  • Maintenance of on-site gardens and beds (weed control, mulching, watering)
  • Plant nursery – assist with native plant nursery/green house (planting, transplanting, preparation for sale)
  • Compost management and use
  • Invasive species control
  • Maintain trails and paths in clean & safe conditions (pick up fallen branches, maintain path conditions)

Administrative Support

  • Assist with office tasks (mailings, printing, laminating)
  • Collating educational materials
  • Documenting program metrics and maintaining records
  • Restocking retail shop
  • Meeting room support
  • Media and publicity tracker and organizer

School Group Support

  • School Group Naturalist/Educator – assist with school group visits to the Center, including conduct of on-site activities
  • In-School Presentations – conduct school-based presentations on key topics throughout the year (e.g., GBBC, Rain Gardens, Feeding Birds)

Educational Program Support

  • Week- end educational event coordination
  • Volunteer recruitment and coordination
  • GBBC in service volunteers
  • Master Naturalist teaching opportunities (habitat specialist, weather, etc..)
  • Taxidermy (implementation, seminar leader, and facilitator) 
  • Brochure and handout up keep and maintenance
  • On site E-bird reporting
  • Center Library
  • Summer Camp Coordination

Conservation Program Support

  • Pascagoula River Biodiversity Inventory
    • Semi-annual events
    • Weekend lecture series
    • Library lecture series
  • Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Project
  • Chimney Swift Monitoring Project

General Operations / Maintenance/Light construction

  • Merchandise inventory and restocking
  • Janitorial
  • Building maintenance
  • Board walk and trail maintenance
  • Small 'handyperson' projects (bird house construction, etc) 
  • Ground maintenance (grass cutting, weed eating, leaf blowing, etc.) 

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