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Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Detroit Lakes, MN


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Bridget and I volunteered here in the summer of 2014 and loved it. Unfortunately, this years summer volunteers had to cancel and they (Tamarac and Janice) are in desperate need for replacements. If you can help out contact Janice.


Resident Volunteers needed at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in NW Minnesota for 2016 summer season. Live among bald eagles, swans and wolves!

Maintenance Assistant- duties would include mowing public accesses and historical sites using a riding lawn mower which you would load and haul with a trailer. May include some facility maintenance as well. Other duties as assigned: recycling,some visitor services duties and wildlife surveys. Background/knowledge of grounds keeping and maintenance desired.
Visitor Center Host- greet visitors,answer phone, show movie, operate cash register, lead tours, minor maintenance, wildlife surveys. Must enjoy working with people, good communication skills.
Positions would require 24 hours/week in exchange for a campsite. Prefer a 3 month commitment. Season goes from mid-May through mid-October.
For more detailed information, check out www.volunteer.gov and/or contact Janice Bengtson, Volunteer Coordinator at 218-844-1756 or Janice_Bengtson@fws.gov.

Stay Safe

John & Bridget
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We volunteered there for almost 3 months in the summer of 2015. Great place and great staff to work with. We would go back there, but we want to go to different places. We were there about 2 months as the only host volunteers as another couple cancelled.


The things you need to contend with are ticks, black flies and misquotes. Dogs should have a Lyme disease vaccination.


The two sites are behind maintenance on a rise, 50 amps water and sewer. There is a small lockable storage building that is provided for each host site. It is about 25 miles into Detroit Lakes, MN and shopping.


WiFi is provided and Hopefully they got the antenna moved to provide better coverage to the host sites. The water has a lot of iron and it is not a problem as long as the water softeners are working. They were scheduled to repair/replace the system for the bunk house and host sites.


The 24 hours is each for the site or a total of 48 for a couple.


Summer was great in NW Minnesota.



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