Volunteer Job Descriptions

JUNIOR VOLUNTEER:

Students who are12–17 years old may volunteer at PCWE in the summer. Junior Volunteers commit to a minimum of 20 hours of service during the summer months. Volunteer jobs for young people are varied and give kids real work experience and responsibility while contributing to wildlife education in the community. 



OUTDOOR FACILITIES VOLUNTEER

RESPONSIBLE TO:  Facilities Maintenance Coordinator

SKILLS & ABILITIES:  Enjoys working outdoors, capable of completing hands-on projects, capable of physical work, motivated, takes pride in work, has knowledge of light carpentry and general maintenance, or is willing to learn.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: 

1.  Assists staff with general maintenance of the wildlife education center.

2.  Assists with special projects such as signage or display construction.

 TRAINING AND PREPARATION: 

1.  Orientation to the wildlife center and staff by Volunteer Coordinator.

2.  On the job training by Facilities Maintenance Coordinator.

3.  Use of wildlife center resource library materials.

SCHEDULE:  To be arranged with the Facilities Maintenance Coordinator. Weekly, monthly, or on call.



OUTREACH/EXHIBIT INTERPRETER

RESPONSIBLE TO:  Program Coordinator

SKILLS & ABILITIES:  Knowledgeable/interested in NC history, geography, wildlife/plant/mountain ecology, and the role of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Must enjoy and feel comfortable talking to people individually, in small group settings and at exhibits for the general public.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: 

1.  Onsite - Answer questions and provide information to visitors about exhibits.

2.  Onsite - Assist with special events and/or group programs as host/hostess.

3. Offsite – Assist Center staff at the Mountain State Fair, Special Events at NC Welcome Centers, street festivals, and civic club presentations. 

TRAINING AND PREPARATION: 

1.  Orientation to the wildlife education center and staff by Volunteer Coordinator.

2.  In-service training provided by staff.

3.  Use of wildlife education center resource library materials.

 SCHEDULE:  Weekly, monthly, or on call. To be arranged with the Coordinators.



EXHIBIT GARDENS VOLUNTEER

RESPONSIBLE TO:  Facilities Maintenance Coordinator 

SKILLS & ABILITIES:  Knowledgeable/interested in learning about native plants, garden care and upkeep.  Enjoys working outdoors and is physically able to do tasks such as weeding, watering, spraying, planting, fertilizing, mulching, raking, and pruning. Must be able to work independently. 

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

1.  Assists staff with upkeep of wildlife center grounds including the N.C. WILD Education Site, butterfly waystation, outdoor exhibit areas and memorial area.

2.  Maintains bird feeders, bird and bat houses and roosts, and butterfly garden water holders.        

TRAINING AND PREPARATION: 

1.  Orientation to the wildlife center and staff by Volunteer Coordinator.

2.  In-service and on the job training provided by staff.

3.  Use of wildlife center resource library materials.

SCHEDULE:   Seasonal; usually most active in the spring and summer. To be arranged with the Facilities Maintenance Coordinator.



EDUCATION ASSISTANT

RESPONSIBLE TO:  Program Coordinator

SKILLS & ABILITIE:  Excellent communication skills, comfortable with groups of adults or children, general knowledge of wildlife and habitats; teaching and/or outdoor education experience; and some experience with program development are desirable.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: 

1.  Will assist staff with educational programs (including program development and presentation)

2.  May be asked to give programs on areas of expertise such as outdoor skills, ecology, science, animals or plants.

TRAINING AND PREPARATION: 

1.  Orientation to the wildlife center and staff by Volunteer Coordinator.

2.  In-service and on-job training provided by staff.

3.  Use of wildlife center resource library materials.

SCHEDULE:  Monthly or on call; to be arranged with the Program Coordinator.



FRONT DESK GREETER & INFORMATION VOLUNTEER

RESPONSIBLE TO: Center Director

SKILLS & ABILITES: Excellent communication skills (person-to-person and over the phone); outgoing personality who enjoys meeting and talking with people; knowledge of local area including location of trails, waterfalls and other outdoor destinations; works well independently but able to assist staff; can maintain professional attitude when large numbers of visitors are present.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

1.  Greet visitors, answer visitor questions and assist with map and other trail information, answer center telephone (provide requested information, transfer calls or take messages).

2.  Direct visitors to the outdoor and interior exhibits.

3.  Assist visitors with questions regarding merchandise.

TRAINING AND PREPARATION:

1.  Orientation to the wildlife center and staff.

2.  In-service training provided by staff.

3.  Use of wildlife center resource library materials.

SCHEDULE: To be arranged with the Visitors Services Coordinator. Seasonal (March thru October); weekly



RACEWAY MONITOR

RESPONSIBLE TO: Program Coordinator

SKILLS & ABILITES: Excellent communication skills, outgoing personality, enjoys meeting and talking with people, and works well independently. Prefer knowledge of trout and fishing and hatchery procedures or willing to learn.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

1.  Greet visitors on the raceways.

2. Answer questions and provide information about PCWE and the hatchery.

3. Monitor visitor activity. Give gentle reminders about appropriate behavior and reasons behind the “no hands in water,” “no running,” and “no waving arms over the raceways” rules.

TRAINING AND PREPARATION

1. Orientation to the wildlife center and staff by the Volunteer Coordinator.

2. In-service training provided by staff.

3. Use of wildlife center resource library materials.

4. On the job training by staff and senior volunteers.

 SCHEDULE:  Seasonal (march to October). Weekly or on call; to be arranged with the Volunteer Coordinator.



MASTER ANGLER

RESPONSIBLE TO: Program Coordinator

SKILLS & ABILITIES: Must be an experienced angler, preferably in fly-fishing, with ability to read the water, tie flies, have casting agility, and be able to pass along this knowledge in a low-stress atmosphere to adults, adolescents and children.

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

1. Onsite – instruction in fly-fishing classes for men, women, couples, and youth.

2. Onsite – instruction in fly-tying classes for youth and adults.

3. Offsite – assisting at youth sports fishing events during the summer.

4. In streams – Davidson River and other streams, acting as spotter and instructor to novice anglers.

TRAINING AND PREPARATION:

1. Orientation to the wildlife education center and staff by Program Coordinator.

2.  Planning sessions with PCWE staff fly-fishing instructors.

3. On the job training by PCWE staff fly-fishing instructors.

SCHEDULE:  Seasonal – onsite classes spring, summer, fall. Fly-tying during fall and winter months. On call status.  To be arrange with Program Coordinator.