Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
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Volunteers Needed at South Arkansas National Wildlife Refuges Complex (Felsenthal, Overflow, Pond Creek)


Are you looking for an opportunity to make a positive impact for wildlife? Do you have a set of skills or talents you'd like to put to use to improve your community? Are you passionate about preserving our nation's threatened and endangered species? Are you looking for a great reason to spend more time outdoors with your friends and family? Become a volunteer with the South Arkansas National Wildlife Refuges Complex! We are looking for volunteers who are easy-going, flexible, eager to learn, and enjoy new things.

Normal, routine duties would include welcoming and orienting visitors by working the visitor center front desk, stocking publications at various locations throughout the refuge, trail maintenance, sign and facilities maintenance, groundskeeping around the visitor center and Woodland Trail site, and assisting with any on or off-site special events that may take place during a volunteer's stay.

Seasonal opportunities exist for volunteers to aide in biological endeavors such as monitoring and assisting with Wood Duck management, assisting with exotic species removal, and conducting observations for key bird species.


Who is a Volunteer?

Volunteers are instrumental to the continued success of our refuges. They are actively involved in many of the refuge programs, and put in many hours each year to directly benefit the wildlife and habitat of the refuge and the people who utilize it. 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.


Local Volunteers/Groups

A wide variety of volunteer activities are available for local individuals and groups. All skill levels and interests are welcome as we just may have a task for you! Outdoor and indoor projects, long-term and short-term projects, group and individual projects... we have it all. Collecting, maintaining, creating, engaging and much more. There are projects suitable for high school term papers as well as college-level independent study projects. There is no time like the present, get involved today! Contact Visitor Services Specialist Amanda Wilkinson, amanda_wilkinson@fws.gov, for more information.


RV Volunteer Program

Resident volunteers would be expected to provide their own RV and commit to a stay of at least 3 months. Couples must be willing to contribute 24 hours per week per or 32 hours per week for single residents. In exchange for their time, Felsenthal offers volunteer accommodations complete with a private entrance, two RV pads equipped with 50 amp electrical outlets, and water hook-ups. Site amenities include an on-site laundry facility with plenty of common area to enjoy, and free WIFI accessibility. RV volunteers from all over the country and all walks of lifeare encouraged to visit and volunteer. For more information, contact the Visitor Services Specialist or visit http://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=12346




A young woman sitting at a desk in a blue volunteer shirt smiles as she answers the phone

A volunteer answers phones and greets visitors at the front desk. Photo: USFWS.

A man in a blue volunteer shirt rakes lives in a green environment

Volunteers provide help in many ways, including raking leaves to help maintain the grounds. Credit: USFWS.

A flock of male and female mallards fly in a blue sky

Mallard ducks are one of many species whose populations you will benefit by volunteering at the refuge. Credit: USFWS.

Last updated: August 22, 2013