Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Conserving the Nature of America


Dune Walk

Volunteers help by leading tours

Whether you enjoy being outdoors or helping in the office, there are many opportunities for volunteers at the refuge. Volunteers lead tours, help with biological surveys, do maintenance works on trails and help us keep the visitor center area of the headquarters open for the public.

Each summer (generally May to Nov), the refuge hires two wildlife management graduates for 6-month internships to help with sea turtle nest patrols, invasive plant control and other refuge needs.

Come by the office or email us to get involved.


How to Become a Sea Turtle Volunteer


A minimum of 1 month of volunteer service is required to participate in the program due to training and expenses.  Unfortunately, this means that the program is not appropriate for short-term visitors to the area.  However, there are other ways that you can support sea turtle conservation in Alabama such as our Adopt-A-Nest program.

A minimum of 2 hours/week of volunteer service is required during the nest searching period of the season (May-Aug) and/or 6 hours/week during the hatching period of the season (July-Oct). You must attend one of the sea turtle training sessions offered by your Team Leader.

  • Sea Oats Fencing

    Volunteers Building Dune Fences


Share the Beach volunteers monitor sea turtle nests on the entire Alabama Gulf Coast from Dauphin Island to the Florida state line.  If you're a morning person, you can volunteer to patrol the beach for sea turtle nests beginning at about 6am from May-August.  If you're a night owl, then nest monitoring, or "nest sitting," may be just the job for you.  Nest monitoring begins when the first nests hatch in July through the last nests in October and involves staying out on the beach late at night and experiencing first-hand one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles in nature, the loggerhead sea turtle's march to the sea.  If you are unable to walk the beach, then we have volunteer opportunities in the areas of administration, web support, and public outreach.


Volunteer Kickoff Meeting

Check the Events page for information on the meeting.


More Info about Share the Beach

251-965-6378 or email at


Thanks and we hope to see you on the beach!!!

Last Updated: December 2008