The refuge supports and encourages an active volunteer
program. Depending on their skills, interests, and available time, volunteers
can assist with the biological, outreach, maintenance, public use, educational
or administrative tasks on the refuge. If you have the time and the willingness
to make a commitment, we'd love to talk to you about your interest in
volunteering with us.
There are 4 general volunteer job descriptions available
at the refuge. For more details on each
job, including the education/skills needed, availability, time and commitment
requirements, click on the highlighted link
Administrative Assistant – Volunteers may do a variety of clerical,
organizational, or administrative tasks; computer graphic design; data base management;
a variety of writing tasks; and/or staffing the visitor information desk.
Visitor Services Assistant – Duties may include informing individuals or groups
about the refuge and visitor opportunities, developing or presenting nature
programs, and/or planning special events.
Biological Assistant – Experienced persons can help with wildlife surveys,
habitat management, mapping, and/or data management.
Maintenance Assistant – Skilled volunteers may help with maintaining
buildings, trails, facilities, and equipment.
Please know that the descriptions above are general job
descriptions. If you have a particular
skill or talent that you believe may be useful to the refuge, but it doesn’t
seem to fall under one of the descriptions above – don’t assume that we can’t
use you. Every now and then, a potential
volunteer appears who has a talent that we didn’t even know we needed until we
took a closer look! If you’re an
excellent seamstress – perhaps we need animal mascot costumes repaired. If you’re a former art teacher – perhaps we
need someone to lead a wildlife art workshop.
If you’re a skilled public speaker and a hunter – perhaps we need
someone to help with our youth hunt orientation. The potential connections are
To begin, complete a volunteer application and
email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to: Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, 1101 Casey
Road, Basom, NY 14013. Once we receive your application, we
will be in touch with you to discuss your interests and availability, and
refuge volunteer needs. If we can find
common ground, we will then arrange for you to meet with a staff member who
will be your volunteer supervisor.
Then, the fun begins!
We look forward to hearing from you! Thank you for your interest in volunteering
at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge!
The Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and to helping the community understand its mission and goals. The Friends sponsor many of the refuge’s special events and activities including Spring into Nature and Youth Turkey Hunt to name a couple. More information about the Friends can be found at http://www.friendsofiroquoisnwr.org/.
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Over the years, two pairs of bald eagles have established nest sites on the refuge. Eagles start nesting behavior in January and continue until eaglets fledge in July. Eagles stay on or near the refuge for most of the year, leaving only to find open water in winter or in times of drought. When visiting Cayuga Overlook, the eagles are likely to be observed flying above.