Share your special talents and skills as you assist refuge staff. You could help collect biological data, perform light maintenance work, or help out with special events. You can invest as much time as you like, from a few hours to several days. If you’re interested in, contact the refuge volunteer coordinator at (989) 777-5930.
Volunteering at the Refuge
Fish and Wildlife Service at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge needs YOU --
your talents, your enthusiasm and some of your time!
volunteers do? Various opportunities exist at the refuge for volunteers
to gain valuable and rewarding experience. Volunteers assist refuge employees by
working in such fields as:
such activities as guided hikes, talks, and programs, volunteers help visitors
understand and appreciate both the natural and cultural history of the refuge as
well as provide information on the recreational and educational opportunities
We need "Wildlife Guides" to work with visitors at
the observations decks along the auto tour route, the Wildlife Drive and
"Interpretive Guides" to help out at the refuge headquarters on weekends. Click
on the following to download information about the Wildlife Guide (PDF file - 68 KB) or Interpretive Guide (PDF file - 66
refuge staff with school programs, day camps, teacher workshops, and special
projects are but a few of the volunteer duties at the Green Point Environmental
Learning Center in Saginaw or at the refuge.
individuals may assist wildlife biologists in such areas as wildlife surveys and
may help refuge employees in general tasks such as landscape maintenance, sign
installation, gate painting, and construction. Also, opportunities exist for
those with skills in such disciplines as plumbing and carpentry.
"adopt" a trail and help maintain it by cutting back or removing small brush,
picking up litter and letting refuge staff know when major repairs need to be
Flower Bed or Pond:
"adopt" one of the flower beds or small ponds at the refuge headquarters, Green
Point Environmental Learning Center or Woodland Trailhead at Stroebel Road and
maintain it throughout the year. Gardening/pond experience and your own tools
may work independently in the areas of photography, photo collections,
journalism, and other fields.
volunteers work?The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge headquarters is
located south of Saginaw. The Green Point Environmental Learning Center is at
3010 Maple Street in Saginaw. Most volunteers work in and/or out of these
buildings. The Woodland Trail is located at the east end of Stroebel Road off of
volunteers work ?Many of the projects take place during the week when
refuge staff are available. Some volunteers donate their services on weekends
when most of the special events take place.
people become volunteers ?Volunteers realize various benefits from
working at the refuge. Being involved with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
an agency dedicated to the principle of resource conservation, is both
satisfying and rewarding. Others find the duties fulfilling and challenging as
old talents are employed and new skills acquired. To most, however, the motive
is enjoyment, as volunteer work can be just plain fun.
apply?Our volunteer program is open to all. Those under 18 years of age,
however, need written permission from their parent or guardian.
How do I
apply ?Click the following to download the volunteer application (PDF
file - 39 KB). Fill out and return to the refuge via mail, fax (989) 791-3621 or
email. This application will be forwarded to appropriate refuge staff who will
determine if you have the skills necessary to work with them. If you need
further information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 989-759-1669.
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Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is a critical migration stopover site for waterfowl.