What do volunteers do?
Volunteers help maintain the refuge and support wildlife management.
How much of my time is required?
The amount of time that you volunteer is up to you. You may volunteer a few hours a week or month, or during a particular season.
Who may volunteer?
No special skills are needed to be a refuge volunteer. However, if special skills are necessary, on-the-job training will be provided. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Where do I start?
A brief list of possible volunteer opportunities are listed above under the section titled, ""What do Volunteers Do?"" Look for those jobs that interest you.
Complete the application form and mail it to:Volunteer Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceRhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex50 Bend RoadCharlestown, RI 02813
We will contact you after we receive your application to discuss the volunteer opportunities that are available to you. All volunteers are expected to attend an orientation session and occasional training depending on how you plan to volunteer.
Responding to the inadequacy of funds, a group of concerned citizens established a non-profit association to support the five National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island. The Friends are devoted to the conservation and the development of healthy habitat for flora and fauna and a safe, accessible, ecological experience for visitors. The association promotes the benefits of refuges to the local community. The Friends support numerous efforts of the Refuge staff: financing summer interns, managing the Contact Stations, assisting the invasive species eradication programs, monitoring of salt marshes and the species dependent on them to name a few.
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The federally threatened piping plover is a small, stocky, sandy-colored bird resembling a sandpiper. The adult has yellow-orange legs, a black band across the forehead from eye to eye, and a black ring around the base of its neck. Like other plovers, it runs in short starts and stops. When still, the piping plover blends into the pale background of open, sandy habitat on outer beaches where it feeds and nests.