Pinckney Island Programs and Accessibility Project
Our FREE Pinckney Island NWR programs include shuttle and bike tours for people that are accessibility challenged.
We have held nature tours for over a year. It is been an outstanding success with great reviews from the public. You can be a part of this rewarding program by volunteering.Volunteers are needed to assist the Friends and Refuge staff improve visitors experiences at Pinckney Island NWR, fulfilling the promise of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry grant for the equipment we purchased for the tours: 15-seat electric shuttle (big golf cart), bikes, binoculars and much more.
As our volunteer base expands we will be able to increase the number of tours and services we provide.
Please consider volunteering for one or more of the open positions. If you are already a volunteer or a new volunteer, consider signing up for multiple positions. Many positions do not require a fixed schedule.
Signing Up and Training: All positions require training: (a) for the specific position and (b) Refuge Volunteer Training Seminar. The Refuge training seminar is held a couple of times a year but is not immediately needed to start volunteering. Each volunteer position requires specific training which is describer below.
Visitor Assistants (VA)
Two VA’s are assigned to the visitor table during tours and at other times to assist refuge visitors. VA’s check people in for tours and inform passerby's about the refuge including providing a map, birds/butterfly identification flyers and current sightings. (It is enjoyable talking with refuge visitors from all over world.)
Training: Sitting at the visitor tab with a Visitor Assistant to observe the activity. Sign up for a VA spot for a tour (see VA Position Signup) and inform Judy that you are a new volunteer.
Contact Judy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Docents lead the tours and must be accredited. Training: You will be instructed on the basic content and procedures for a tour by one of our docents. Contact Jane (email@example.com)
Drivers are responsible for driving the shuttle during tours. Sign up as the driver for a tour (see VA Position Signup) and inform Jane that you are a new volunteer. You will be instructed on your responsibilities before the tour starts. Contact Jane (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Group Accessibility Tour Coordinator
Group tours are for organizations with accessibility challenges members. You will introduce these groups to our shuttle tour and coordinate the tours. You will also ensure that these groups are aware of our accessibility shuttle tours. Kathy Reed leads the group. Contact Kathy (email@example.com)
Setup Tours, Registrations & Volunteer Coordinator
Use our computer application, called Wild Apricot, to schedule tours, handle questions about tour registrations, send out Email notices, assign volunteers, etc. Some experience with computer application programs is needed and we will show you around Wild Apricot. It is not hard but like all feature rich programs, it is somewhat quirky. You would also be responsible for program staffing using our online volunteer signup sheet and ensuring that volunteers are available for every program. Contact John (firstname.lastname@example.org)