With more than 36,000 volunteers contributing in excess of 1.4 million hours of their time, skills and talents, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's volunteer program is robust and continuing to grow. The tireless efforts of our volunteers account for more than 20 percent of all the work completed on national wildlife refuges.
Volunteers and partnerships are vital to the successful management of the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuges. In other words, WE NEED YOU! Volunteers perform a variety of essential tasks, ranging from assisting with education and outreach to helping restore critical wildlife habitat. We greatly appreciate the exceptional work our volunteers have done and continue to do on refuge lands.
Some volunteers work full time, some a few hours a week or month or during a particular season or special event. Our 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.
Volunteer opportunities include:
• Conducting wildlife population surveys
• Leading tours and field trips for school groups and the visiting public
• Assisting with habitat improvement projects, such as pulling invasive vegetation in the refuge or planting native vegetation.
• Assisting with maintenance projects such as painting and mowing
We post all of our long term volunteer opportunities on the Volunteer.Gov website. Please visit that site for a current listing of volunteer positions or you can inquire about opportunities by sending your resume to our Volunteer Coordinator.
Current Refuge Volunteers
Volunteering for USF&W has given me the opportunity through their Friends group, Shoreline Education for Awareness, to work with and learn from an exceptional, dedicated group of wildlife interpreters. Training and caring for the raptors at Free Flight Bird Rehabilitation and Education inspired me to become very involved in their education program. When I see that flicker of recognition, connectedness, that ignites wonder in the eyes of a child or grownup … in that moment, a heart and mind has changed and I am grateful to those patient mentors who taught me how to facilitate those connections.