Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region


Resident Volunteer Program


Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, located in northeastern North Carolina, has a great volunteer opportunity for recreational vehicle campers. We have two RV pads located adjacent our “field station” on the beautiful banks of Lake Phelps, where you can experience the most gorgeous sunsets. The pads are rocked with full hookups (electric, water, and sewer) and picnic tables. A washer and dryer are available in the field station.

Pocosin Lakes NWR

Pocosin Lakes is “bear country” – we have one of the densest black bear populations on the east coast, so you’ll have to take all the normal precautions of camping in bear country.  Along with the beautiful landscape there are many recreational opportunities on and off the refuge, including bird and bear watching, hunting, fishing, hiking, and canoeing.

Despite its rural setting, the refuge is just 20 minutes away from Plymouth, N.C and about 40 minutes away from Columbia, N.C.  Plymouth offers many variations of fast food and other dining, grocery stores and other amenities.


Our volunteers are integrated into our programs and projects and often work side-by-side with our employees.  A normal work schedule is 20 hours per person per week for couples or 24 hours per week for single volunteers.


Your work could include, but is not limited to:

    • Operating the Visitor Center (greeting visitors, stocking brochures, showing the refuge video, keeping visitors updated on current events and information concerning the refuge).
    • General Maintenance such as litter pick-up, road and trail maintenance, mowing, vehicle and heavy equipment maintenance and repairs.
    • Administrative Functions such as filing, answering telephone calls, and inventorying property.
    • Building wood duck, bat, blue bird, and other boxes.
    • Assisting with wildlife and habitat surveys.
    • Assisting with visitor services programs

    Pocosin Lakes NWR

    To apply for the RV program, send a resume with references to:

    Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
    Attn:  Sherryreed Robinson
    P.O. Box 329
    205 South Ludington Drive
    Columbia, N.C. 27925

    Fax: (252)796-3010
    Via email:  sherryreed_robinson@fws.gov
    Work: (252)796-3004 ext. 228

Last Updated: 5/8/13