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More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century. Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources.  




The biology program hires 10-15 Biological Science Technicians and Volunteers each summer to assist with our long-term seabird monitoring program. Technicians collect data on breeding chronology, reproductive success, population changes, adult survival, and food habits of up to 15 species of seabirds (including storm-petrels, cormorants, kittiwakes, murres, pigeon guillemots, auklets, and puffins). We will be placing crews on some amazing islands including Aiktak, Buldir, Chowiet, East Amatuli, St. George, St. Lazaria, and St. Paul. 

Best qualified applicants will possess (or be working toward) a degree in wildlife biology or related field and have prior field experience. All applicants should be in excellent physical condition and able to live and work happily with a small group of people in an extremely remote and isolated environment. Cold, wet, windy weather and spartan living conditions are the norm. Seabird and boating experience is desirable but not required. Appropriate safety training will be provided. For more information about seasonal jobs and volunteering with our biology program click HERE.


Visitor Services

2015 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Volunteer Position
Our Summer 2014 positions are filled. We will be accepting applications for our summer 2015 positions from August - November 2014. For the visitor center we're looking for volunteers who can work with us 32 hours a week from April 19 through Labor Day (21 weeks). Field biology positions vary. 

Fall / Winter / Spring 
Enjoy meeting new people and learning about wildlife? Join us! The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge is looking for someone to help staff the visitor center. The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve is looking for volunteers to help with the bi-monthly discovery labs and with various research projects. 


We Need Help With:

Visitor Center Docent (Year-round)
Interact with visitors in the Islands & Ocean Visitor Center. Volunteers staff the information desk, open & close the Visitor Center, oversee the theater and electronic exhibits, and use cash registers and credit card machines. Volunteers also answer questions on topics such as: Refuge management practices and Reserve activities; plant, bird and other wildlife identification; the Aleutian campaign of World War II; and recreational wildlife viewing opportunities.

Shorebird Festival
Assist with various components of May birding festival in Homer, Alaska.

Weed, water, and plant to maintain the Visitor Center landscape.

Interpretive Programs
Volunteers will have the opportunity to present interpretive programs such as 15 minute map talks, eagle nest observation talks, exhibit tours, and birding and beach walks. Training will be provided but special knowledge (of birds, World War II history in A

To Apply:
For Volunteer positions at the Visitor Center, send a resume to: Visitor Center Manager 




To apply for jobs with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, please search USA Jobs.

For more information about student career opportunities in Alaska, visit the Region 7 website.  



Last Updated: Jul 29, 2014
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