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RobertBemis_600x450Volunteers play a vital role in helping the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fulfill its mission of conserving, protecting and enhancing America's fish and wildlife populations and their habitats!

Volunteers at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge are an integral part of the staff. They assist with numerous projects ranging from wildlife inventories to presenting interpretive programs, and their help has been instrumental in the accomplishment of a number of refuge projects and activities.

The Refuge Volunteer Program is actually made up of three smaller programs, each adding its own uniqueness to the overall operations of the Refuge. The programs are made up of the following: General Volunteers, Resident Volunteers, and Internships. Each program offers hands-on, working experience in the day-to-day activities of the Refuge.




General Volunteers  

Volunteers perform duties in three areas: Visitor Services, Environmental Education, Maintenance, and Resource Management.

Visitor Services volunteers help run and clean the Refuge visitor center, answer questions, act as receptionist and run the Nature Store both during the week and exclusively on weekends.

Education volunteers form the back-bone of the refuge's volunteer outreach activities, and as such they must undergo more specialized training and background clearance than those who only work in visitor services. 

Maintenance volunteers help maintain and reconstruct trails, pick up litter, maintain landscaping, repair boardwalks, repair roads, and assist with other construction projects.

Resource Management is a broad term that encompasses many different jobs. Volunteers performing resource management duties do a lot of different things. They assist our forestry staff in cruising timber, they assist our wildlife biology staff with wildlife monitoring activities, and preparing areas for prescribed burning.


Local residents and students interested in volunteering at the refuge can find more information about our current volunteer vacancies by visiting and searching for Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.



Resident Volunteers

This program offers a unique opportunity for recreational vehicle and/or trailer volunteers to live and work at the refuge. It is only open to those volunteer candidates who own their own trailer and/or RV. Volunteers commit to work at the refuge 32 hours a week, for a minimum of thirty days. 

In exchange for their services, the refuge provides a full hook-up trailer pad plus access to garbage and laundry facilities. Volunteers perform work in the same area of operations as do our general volunteer staff, i.e. visitor services, environmental education, maintenance, and resource management.


To view current volunteer vacancies and to apply, visit and search keyword "Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge".




This opportunity provides an excellent introductory experience into the operations of a National Wildlife Refuge. Candidates perform a variety of natural resource management activities and visitor services, and they are introduced to many different facets of managing a wildlife refuge. 

Full-time internships are 40 hours a week, The internships usually run in twelve week increments for a total of three working months; however, this schedule can be amended depending on the needs of the applicant and/or site management. Dorm-style housing and reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses ($100/work-week) are available on a limited basis. 


• Must be willing to work as a team 
• Good written and verbal communication skills 
• Must be willing to engage in some strenuous activities 
• Willingness to speak in front of groups 
• Willingness to do some routine administrative tasks (data entry, filing, etc.) 
• Basic computer skills, foreign language skills and/or prior experience a plus 


Submit: 1) college transcript(s), 2) resume, 3) three names of persons willing to provide letters of recommendation, and 4) letter of application which includes a discussion of qualifications, experience, and professional goals.

Send to: Refuge Manager, Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR, 13723 Bluff Lake Road, Brooksville MS, 39739



Last Updated: May 29, 2015
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