acre Refuge, established in 1935, takes a lot of work to maintain. We
depend on volunteers to help in many ways. At Arrowwood, a volunteer is
anyone who assists the Refuge staff with projects, daily tasks, or programs.
We can help to build a volunteering experience around you and your needs
and wants. Volunteers can commute from local communities to help at Arrowwood,
or may stay and reside at the refuge in our bunkhouse for an extended period.
Join the Friends of Arrowwood
Birding Drives Dakota/Friends of Arrowwood Refuge supports the refuge and its
management through education and partnering in the planning and holding of
special events at the Refuge. The Friends of Arrowwood support through
active volunteering. They host the
popular Annual Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival, and complete other
projects that enhance the visitor experience at the refuge. Information on the Friends, how you can help,
or how to join is available at their website: http://www.birdingdrives.com/FriendsOfArrowwoodNWR.html
Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)
National Wildlife Refuge annually recruits high school students age 15 through
18 for summer employment in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). Projects
may include trail building and repair, improving wildlife habitat, posting
boundary signs, invasive plant control, monitoring wildlife, simple
construction, office work and general maintenance activities as needed.
Enrollees will work mostly outdoors and be subject to summer heat and biting
begins each year in early June and lasts approximately eight weeks.
Students will work 40 hours per week, Monday- Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Participants are selected through a random drawing of all applicants.
To apply, and for more information, follow our Jobs link.
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Sharp-tailed grouse congregate on their leks every year for courtship and breeding rituals.