Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
Resident Volunteer (RV) Program

Have a Wild Time!!! Volunteer as a Resident Volunteer on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges! The diverse programs on these refuges utilize volunteers of all ages and abilities. Don't hesitate to contact Tracey Rock (phone: 252-305-4460) to discuss a program tailored to your interests and abilities.

Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges began their RV Program in the spring of 2000. There are still many areas left "untapped" at this point where workampers could be of use. Help us out. Tell us how you could help us. But here are a few of the areas where we KNOW we need help!

  • General Maintenance- Both Alligator River and Pea Island have facilities, roads, trails, etc. that need constant maintenance. That means we can use plumbers, electricians, carpenters, heavy equipment mechanics, vehicle mechanics, and jacks-of-all-trades.

  • Interpretation/Education/Outreach- Both refuges receive requests from schools, civic groups, etc. for staff/volunteers to come and present programs. We'll train you! Likewise, we offer guided bird walks, children's programs, canoe tours, and several other programs, tours, and talks on a regular basis and by special scheduling- some open to the public; others for special groups. Our Interpretive Specialist at Pea Island is one of the best trainers in her field!

  • Biological and Forestry- Especially during the fall when sea turtle nests are hatching, we have a HUGE need for folks who have some time and patience to sit and watch, recording events that happen and assisting where needed. Our refuge Bio-techs can usually use an extra hand with just about whatever project they're working on at the time. Interns have priority on Biological jobs, but usually there's plenty of work to go around!

  • Computer Technology and Data Entry- Our refuge sends out a quarterly newsletter to a mailing list of 4,000. This list needs constant work! There are always computer records that need updating and organizing. Interested in working with Web Pages? We'll train you to create web pages and update the ones that already exist! We also always need help writing and preparing the newsletter. That's no small task!

  • General Administration- The Manteo Office always needs help with running errands, organizing paperwork, filing, etc. This provides an opportunity to get to know some staff that the world never sees!

  • Pea Island Visitor Center and Gift Shop- The Pea Island Visitor Center is open seven days each week from March through November and Thursday through Sunday during the winter months. Workampers provide a much needed break for our year-round volunteers who staff the Visitor Center on an ongoing basis. The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society is the refuge non-profit support group. There are always shirts and books to be priced and stocked, inventories to be taken, and sales to be made!

Brand new.... on Alligator River, we have a beautiful new "Volunteer Pod". This site offers two spacious sites with full hook-ups, a small cabin next door with laundry facilities, and TV/VCR/DVD player. This site offers solitude and quiet.

- 24 hours per week per person (assuming 2 people)
- flexibility
- a positive attitude

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

Tracey Rock
Alligator River NWR
P. O. Box 1969
Manteo, NC 27954
phone 252-305-4460
email -
Tracey Rock
It's fine to apply via email.

Resident Volunteer Testimonial
Muriel and Jim Smith were among the first Resident Volunteers who have come to these refuges. Muriel is a retired newspaper editor and investigative reporter and worked on the refuges writing, conducting programs for the public and school groups, and working the Visitor Center. Jimmy had a grand time doing whatever was needed in any area of the refuge!! You may contact the Smiths at if you have specific questions about their experience on these refuges. They'd be happy to chat with you! Or, read their testimonial in an article published in several national magazines!

Last Updated: <5/2/13