There are a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers to assist with wildlife projects, public services or maintenance jobs. Contact the refuge to learn more about internships, work camping and other volunteer information.
If you have a recreational vehicle or motor home and enjoy living and working on a beautiful wildlife refuge, consider our available positions. In exchange for a gravel pad and full hook-ups, you will work 3 to 4 days a week in our expansive and modern visitor center.
Responsibilities include opening and closing the center, greeting all visitors, answering questions about the refuge and the Eastern Shore of Virginia in general, running a cash register for sales from our small bookstore, and helping people have a fun and educational visit to our gorgeous refuge.
The visitor center has a wildlife viewing window through which you can see deer, ducks, turkey, osprey, glossy ibis, fox and many other creatures. We also have our own reality television show: “Osprey Family,” a live broadcast from a nearby nest viewed via a television in the visitor center and also through a spotting scope at the viewing window. The center has numerous displays, including a Please Touch table, decoys, video displays and lovely dioramas with carved birds. Outside there are two butterfly gardens and one mile of trails that meander by high quality songbird habitat, a marsh overlook, an historic cemetery and a World War II bunker.A new 2.6 miles bike trail is another fine addition to our visitor center!
If you are interested in workamping, please call us at 757-331-2760
The Chincoteague Natural History Association (CNHA) is a non-profit, cooperating association established in partnership with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. CNHA was established as a Friends Group to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the Chincoteague Refuge, the Eastern Shore of Virginia Refuge, and the natural history and environment of Virginia's Eastern Shore in general. CNHA produces and provides interpretive and educational material for refuge visitors. Proceeds from memberships and items sold in the gift shops are used to support and enhance interpretive programs, projects, and activities at both refuges.
Chincoteague Natural History Association, P. O. Box 917, Chincoteague, VA 23336
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The southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula is an important migratory bird stopover location along the Atlantic coast. This narrowing peninsula created by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean causes a funneling effect on the birds as they fly south. Our current bird list of 406 species, found in and around the refuge, is a great resource for planning your bird watching visit.