U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Patuxent Research Refuge U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Logo National Wildlife Refuge System Logo FWS Northeast Region

Last Update

Under Construction

Volunteer Page


WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?

Volunteers assist with running the Visitor Center, maintaining the Refuge, and supporting wildlife management.  Assignments include:

  • meeting and greeting visitors and providing information;
  • leading tours and providing interpretation to the visiting public and groups;
  • taking part in special projects and events;
  • performing clerical and administrative duties;
  • working with computers, exhibits, and other technical equipment;
  • maintaining trails;
  • operating the bookstore;
  • representing the Refuge at community functions;
  • developing environmental education materials, assisting with teacher workshops, and leading lessons;
  • assisting with volunteer recruitment efforts, orientation training, and job matching;
  • assisting with hunter harvest surveys at the hunting control station ;
  • participating in wildlife surveys.

Download a .PDF version of possible volunteer opportunities (Adobe Acrobat)

HOW MUCH OF MY TIME IS REQUIRED?

  • A commitment averaging 8 hours a month for at least 6 months is required.
  • Beyond that the amount of time that you volunteer is up to you.

WHO MAY VOLUNTEER?

  • No special skills are needed to be a Patuxent Research Refuge volunteer. However, on the job training is provided, if needed.
  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old; however, for some positions, 12 - 15 year olds can be permitted to volunteer if accompanied by a trained parent or guardian.  Anyone under 18 must have parental approval.
  • Organized group participation is welcomed and encouraged for one time volunteer projects (please call the volunteer coordinator for more details).

WHERE DO I START?

Go to the How to Volunteer page. It tells you everything you need to know to become a volunteer.


Ken with Crane
Educational Programs

Tram Volunteer
Tram Tours

Interpretation Volunteer
Festival Support

Outreach Volunteer
Outreach Events

 

 


Patuxent Research Refuge
Northeast Region National Wildlife Refuge System Home
Northeast Region Home


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Home Page | Department of the Interior  | USA.gov  | About the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  | Accessibility  | Privacy  | Notices  | Disclaimer  | FOIA