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From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources.

More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex or an entire state.  Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.   


Volunteering With the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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, then 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 American's natural resources.


What Do Volunteers Do?

Volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks including:

•  Conducting wildlife population surveys
•  Leading tours and providing information and interpretation to the visiting public
•  Taking part in special projects, such as bird banding
•  Assisting in habitat restoration projects, such as weed control and native plantings
•  Performing clerical and administrative duties
•  Working with computers and other technical equipment
•  Photographing a variety of natural and cultural resources
•  Assisting with maintenance projects
•  And much more!


Time Commitment

The amount of time you volunteer is up to you. You may work full-time, a few hours per week or month, or during a particular season.

Who May Volunteer?

No special skills are needed to be a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service volunteer. However, on the job training is provided, if needed. While there is no age limit, anyone under 18 years of age must have written parental approval. Organized group participation is welcomed and encouraged. Individuals under 16 years of age may want to volunteer as part of a supervised group, such as a Scout troop or 4H Club. Volunteers are welcome regardless of race, religion, age, gender, nationality, or disability. U.S. citizenship is not required.

How to Apply

Contact the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge at (970) 365-3613 or brownspark@fws.gov to inquire about potential projects and availability.

Volunteer Status and Benefits

Before you begin your volunteer responsibilities, you will fill out a Volunteer Services Agreement. The Agreement will describe the terms of volunteer service. Volunteers are considered "employees" only for purposes of injury compensation and tort claims protection.


 

 


 

 

 

 

Page Photo Credits — Volunteer determining the age an sex of Canada Geese: USFWS photo
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2014
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