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Although Arctic Refuge is remote, there may be ways you can become involved.



Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges:

Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the conservation of the natural resources of all the National Wildlife Refuges within Alaska. The Friends promote understanding and appreciation of these Refuges and assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in meeting its mandates.

Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges goals: 

  • Educate the public and decision makers on local, national, and international levels about Alaska's National Wildlife Refuges.
  • Assist the Refuges in accomplishing their missions through wildlife management and habitat improvement projects.
  • Fund refuge-oriented projects through grants, memberships, donations, and other activities.


Volunteer at Arctic Refuge

The Refuge is vast but our volunteer program is modest. With a small staff, and remote lands hundreds of miles away from our administrative offices, we do not have large volunteer opportunities. That said, depending on your interests, aptitudes, and availability, there are occasions where a fruitful match between volunteer and Refuge needs can be found. If you are interested in investigating volunteer options, send an email to arctic_refuge@fws.gov describing whether you can provide your own transportation to Fairbanks, what dates you might be available, where your areas of specialty and interest lie, and why you've identified Arctic Refuge as a place that might benefit from your volunteer service.

Information about volunteering at other locations within the US Fish and Wildlife Service is available at http://www.volunteer.gov/, and in Alaska at http://www.fws.gov/alaska/volunteer/needs.htm.

Work at Arctic Refuge

Jobs may open periodically at the Refuge. Keep an eye on USAJobs.gov. All permanent and seasonal federal jobs are posted there. In the entrance screen, indicate that you want to see jobs for Alaska. Visit the site every two weeks or so to see what's new. 

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2014
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