Annually, close to 38,000 people volunteer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Wouldn't you like to be one of those individuals who help to conserve, manage, or protect our nation’s natural resources? Get involved by volunteering at one of your local National Wildlife Refuges and help us to protect some of America's greatest national treasures.
Refuge Volunteer Opportunities
WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?
- Volunteers help maintain the refuge and support wildlife management.
- Assignments include:
- Greeting visitors and providing information at the front desk, or on the trail.
- Leading tours and providing interpretation to the visiting public and groups.
- Taking part in special projects and events (Plover Monitoring, Green Cafe and Wildlife Wednesdays Lecture Series, Kayak Monitoring, Invasive Plant Pulls).
- Performing clerical and administrative duties.
- Representing the refuge at community functions.
- Performing routine maintenance tasks (trail and facility maintenance).
HOW MUCH OF MY TIME IS REQUIRED?
- The amount of time that you volunteer is up to you.
- You may volunteer a few hours a week or month, or during a particular season.
WHO MAY VOLUNTEER?
- No special skills are needed to be a refuge volunteer. However, if special skills are necessary, on-the-job training will be provided.
- Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.
WHERE DO I START?
- A brief list of possible volunteer opportunities are listed above under the section titled, "What do Volunteers Do?" Look for those jobs that interest you.
- Complete the application form (Volunteer Application) and mail it to:
Volunteer Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex
50 Bend Road
Charlestown, RI 02813
- We will contact you after we receive your application to discuss the volunteer opportunities that are available to you. All volunteers are expected to attend an orientation session and occasional training depending on how you plan to volunteer.
If being a refuge volunteer is not the opportunity you were looking for, maybe supporting a non-profit organization will fit your needs. The Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island was founded as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization to promote conservation, awareness, and appreciation of the wildlife and habitats of the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex and to provide assistance to refuge programs. To find out more about the Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island, click the link below.
Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island