Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
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Volunteers at Carolina Sandhills NWR

Credit: USFWS

Credit: USFWS

Help us make a difference!  Volunteers play a vital role in helping the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fulfill its mission.  They also develop a greater understanding and appreciation of refuges through their hands-on experiences.  Working side-by-side with Service employees, volunteers help protect, conserve and restore our nation's fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.

Volunteers at Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge can be an integral part of the staff. They assist with various projects such as conducting wildlife surveys, building kiosks for interpretive displays, or presenting interpretive programs. Their help has been instrumental in the accomplishment of numerous refuge projects and activities.  Our volunteer program seeks to match the skills and interests of the volunteer with the work needed to be accomplished in order to achieve a productive partnership that will enhance visitor opportunities and help conserve the Refuge's natural resources.

Volunteers perform a wide variety of interesting tasks:

  • Assisting with the installation of artificial nest cavities for the endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker
  • Conducting fish and wildlife population surveys,
  • Leading tours and providing information and interpretation to the visiting public,
  • Performing clerical and administrative duties,
  • Photographing a variety of natural and cultural resources,
  • Assisting in Forest Management Activities such as inventorying or marking trees for removal,
  • Assist with carpentry or maintenance work.

For more information on volunteer opportunities available at Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, please contact the complex headquarters office at (843) 335-8401 or email the Volunteer Coordinator at . To learn about volunteer opportunities with the Fish and Wildlife Service nationwide, visit


Carolina Sandhills periodically has internships available. If you are interested in augmenting your college education with field experience on a wildlife refuge, contact us. We have potential openings for students interested in forestry, biology, or fire ecology. Internships provide free lodging (if necessary) and a modest food stipend.


Last updated: July 28, 2010