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.