Love the outdoors and like to work with your hands? The Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District has been selected to hire three new maintenance positions, funded through the Great American Outdoors Act, which was signed into law in 2020.

The Detroit Lakes district was one of the areas chosen to host a group of maintenance professionals that will use heavy equipment and trade skills to perform earthwork activities, as well as basic carpentry, masonry, plumbing and electrical work to repair and improve infrastructure facilities across the National Wildlife Refuge System.

The three new maintenance positions will be based in Detroit Lakes and will support projects across the upper Midwest. The positions will offer a competitive salary and full federal benefits, including paid annual leave, sick leave and federal holidays. The type of work that will be completed will allow the continued use of refuges by wildlife and the American public.

Marlene Craik, a volunteer with the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District, enjoyed hanging out with some of the kids at a past Prairie Fun Day. (Submitted photo)
Marlene Craik, a volunteer with the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District, enjoyed hanging out with some of the kids at a past Prairie Fun Day. (Submitted photo)

Applications for these new positions will be accepted in early April through USAJobs, the federal government hiring website. If you have any questions, call Laurel Kullerud at 218-849-3105.

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The Great American Outdoors Act uses revenues from energy development to provide funding for needed maintenance for critical facilities and infrastructure at national wildlife refuges, national parks, forests and recreation areas.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service welcomes approximately 54 million people to refuges each year. Their spending generates $3.2 billion dollars in sales to local economies, employing more than 41,000 people and provides $1.1 billion dollars in employment income, according to a news release from the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District.