Refuge volunteers assist refuge staff in a number of ways. Duties are assigned based upon refuge needs, your skills, your availability, and your request. Volunteers are needed for special events, general office duties, trail maintenance projects, biological surveys, and with assisting the hydrologist or the forester in the field. For most positions volunteers must be 18 years of age.
If you are interested, please complete the following volunteer application and service agreement and mail to Visitor Services - GDSNWR, 3100 Desert Road, Suffolk, VA 23434.
The Great Dismal Swamp Coalition is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding and appreciation for the natural environment of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge by enhancing public awareness and interest, and encouraging people to visit the refuge and share in its educational programs.
For a membership and/or donation form, please click here.
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An active fire management program is housed on the refuge. Seasonal activities include the planning and implementation of controlled burns, and wildfire suppression. The zone program conducts burns 9 months a year, and averages 35 burn days a year. Burns are conducted in a wide range of habitat types, including marsh, grasslands, pocosins, and upland pine and hardwood forest.