Who Are Our Volunteers?
Our volunteers are individuals who want to give back to their communities, parents who want to be good stewards of the land and set examples for their children, retired people willing to share their wealth of knowledge, concerned citizens of all ages who want to learn more about conservation, and passionate people who enjoy the outdoors and want to spread the word about America's greatest natural treasures.
Volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks. Some volunteers work full time, some a few hours a week or month or during a particular season or special event. Some typical volunteer opportunities may involve:
- conducting fish and wildlife population surveys
- leading tours and providing information and interpretation to the visiting public
- assisting with laboratory research
- taking part is special projects, such as bird banding
- assisting with habitat improvement projects, such as re-establishing native plants to a river bank
- performing clerical and administrative duties
- working with computers and other technical equipment
- photographing a variety of natural and cultural resources
Generally, no special skills are required to be a volunteer. Any on the job training will be provided if needed. Individual talents and skills are matched with volunteer interests and work opportunities.
How Do I Find Out About Volunteer Opportunities?
Volunteer opportunities with the FWS can be found at http://www.volunteer.gov/gov/, an interagency Web site of national volunteer opportunities. At this site, prospective volunteers can also apply to opportunities of interest by using the application link at the bottom of each volunteer position description. Should you be unable to find a volunteer opportunity of interest or at a location where you would like to volunteer, contact us directly at CaribbeanIsland@fws.gov to see what other opportunities may be available.