Become a member of our Friends Group
The Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was formed in 1999 and is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation committed to:
Learn about the Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Volunteers are a part of the management of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers play a vital role in helping the Refuge fulfill its mission of conserving, protecting and enhancing America’s fish and wildlife, their habitats and other resources by performing a wide variety of tasks on the Refuge.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact our Visitor Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Malheur National Wildlife Refuge at 541-493-2612.
Visitors Center at Refuge Headquarters. Photo: David Lewis
Maintenance Volunteers – The maintenance program is tasked with a variety of projects which help all the programs on the Refuge, primarily public use and fish and wildlife management. Maintenance volunteers will often do a wide range of diverse jobs under the maintenance program to assist the maintenance staff with day-to-day tasks, including maintaining facilities and assisting with aspects of the visitor services program.
Roving Docents – The Refuge provides plentiful opportunities for wildlife viewing, observing nature, and photographing wildlife. Roving docents perform a wide range of tasks under the visitor services program, including travelling on the 42-mile Blitzen Valley auto tour to greet the public, answer questions, provide information about the Refuge to visitors and assist with wildlife observation and/or photography.
Interpretive Guides and Naturalists – Interpretation focuses on enhancing visitor experiences and promoting key values and features unique to the Refuge. Interpretive guides and naturalists will often perform a wide range of tasks under the visitor services program. The primary task is to provide guided tours to a variety of audiences for viewing wildlife and advance visitors understanding about the Refuge.
A docent at the Historic Sod House Ranch guides visitors on a tour of the ranch.
Fish and Wildlife Management Volunteers – The Refuge is a tremendously important source of wildlife habitat for a variety of migratory birds and other wildlife. Fish and wildlife management volunteers will often do a wide range of diverse jobs under the fish and wildlife program. The primary task is to assist in carp control and fish sampling, conduct wildlife surveys, and complete habitat monitoring.
To volunteer, a minimum commitment based on the volunteer opportunities highlighted above is required during any particular season. RV volunteers will be scheduled to volunteer for 24-hours per week. Volunteers using government housing will be scheduled to volunteer for 32-hours per week. A small reimbursement for every day worked is available to help with incidental expenses.
A view of Malheur Lake with the Volunteer RV park in the foreground. Photo David Lewis.
Volunteer RV Park
RV sites include:
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge does offer on-site housing for volunteers at Refuge headquarters and the P Ranch area.
Government housing includes:
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, please complete a volunteer application and mail the application to:
Visitor Services Manager
LINKS TO VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Building America’s Communities of Service is an interagency website to learn more about national volunteer opportunities of interest.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Volunteers is an opportunity to find out more about available U.S. Fish & Wildlife volunteer opportunities and to learn more about past accomplishments under the program.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Volunteer Program: Helping Us Help Wildlife is an opportunity to learn more about the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s volunteer program.