The refuge has many volunteer opportunities for people to get involved from bird surveys and invasive species removal to assisting on the development and implementation of programs. The commitment will depend on the type of volunteer work chosen. Most volunteer opportunities are during the spring and summer months and require a once a week commitment. If interested in volunteering, please contact Susan Russo at Susan_j_russo@fws.gov or 978-562-3527 ext. 117.
Refuge Boundary Stewards (pdf 15KB)Visitor Services Opportunities (pdf 19kb)
The refuge typically has a variety of internship opportunities each summer ranging from biology and invasive species work to interpretation and education. Announcements are posted in November each year and the application period usually closes by the following February. Internships are a great way to experience what it is like to work on public lands and make a contribution to natural resource conservation.
Complex Interpretive Intern (pdf - 16KB)
The refuge complex hosts a Youth Conservation Corps team each year out of the headquarters at Great Meadows NWR. Five young people aged 15 - 18 work 40 hours a week with a leader to build trails and improve wildlife habitat. The work is physical, and team members are exposed to poison ivy, ticks, heat and rain, but it is a rewarding experience for youths with an interest in wildlife and conservation. Applications are due by April 15 each year.
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The Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) is a medium-sized, semi-aquatic freshwater turtle that is a threatened species in Massachusetts. They require a variety of wetland habitats, make frequent seasonal overland movements, and therefore suffer mortality from direct wetland habitat loss and landscape fragmentation.