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
- 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
- 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)
- a positive attitude
To apply for the RV program, send a resume with
Alligator River NWR
P. O. Box 1969
Manteo, NC 27954
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if
you have specific questions about their experience on these refuges. They'd
to chat with you! Or, read their testimonial in
article published in several national magazines!