Past volunteers/interns have participated in studies of crawfish frog ecology, forest bird nest productivity, grassland bird nest productivity, cerulean warbler nesting ecology and small mammals biodiversity inventories along with other tasks such as visitor assistance, sign placement, refuge maintenance projects and trash pick-up. If you are interested in volunteering or want more information you can contact the refuge office at 812-273-0783.Interns are normally college students or recent college graduates that are provided housing and a small subsistence payment to cover living expenses. Most interns have, or are pursuing, degrees in biology or public recreation.Volunteers are individuals that normally reside in the local community and offer their experience and enthusiasm for work (generally outside) on an unpaid basis.
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Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge's public use days are Mondays, Fridays, and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month (closed on federal holidays) during the public use period from mid-April through November.