USFWS Resident Volunteer Program
US Fish & Wildlife Service
What national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries offer Resident Volunteer Opportunities? Group of birders observing birds - some with binoculars

If you know the name of the refuge you seek for your adventure, you may find that refuge by linking from the national wildlife refuge page. From this site, you may search by refuge name, state, or other key words. Many refuge sites are basic and do not include volunteer information. In that case, you may want to contact the refuge by phone.

If you seek resident volunteer opportunities in the Southeast, visit Southeast Resident Volunteer site for refuges that offer residential volunteer opportunities. The Southeast has been working diligently to provide this information to you via the internet.

Or, you may visit regional sites to help in your search. Again, many of these sites have no specific information about volunteer opportunities, so you may want to call.

Known resident volunteer opportunities on refuges in USFWS Regions (except the Southeast) are listed below.

Region

State

Refuge Web Link

RV Program Web Link

Contact

1

CA

NONE

1

HI +

NONE

1

ID

NONE

1

NV

Ash Meadows

Volunteer

DesertVolunteer@fws.gov

1

NV

Moapa Valley

Volunteer (trailer; not RV pad)

DesertVolunteer@fws.gov

1

NV

Pahranagat

Volunteer

DesertVolunteer@fws.gov

1

OR

Malheur

Volunteer

(541) 493-2612 Carey_Goss@fws.gov

1

WA

Little Pend Oreille

Volunteer

(509) 684-8384 Karl_Mallory@fws.gov

2

AZ

Bill Williams River

Volunteer

Richard A. Gilbert
(928) 667-4144

2

AZ

Buenos Aires

Volunteer

Kathie_Senter@fws.gov

2

AZ

Cabeza Prieta

Volunteer

David Eslinger or
(520) 387-6483

2

AZ

Imperial

Volunteer

R2RW_Imp@fws.gov
(520) 783-3371

2

NM

Bosque del Apache

Volunteer

(505) 835-1828
Daniel_Perry@fws.gov

2

OK

NONE

2

TX

Anahuac

Volunteer

(409) 267-3337 or FwW2_RW_Anahuac@fws.gov

2

TX

Laguna Atascosa

Volunteer

(956) 748-3607 or R2RW_LA@fws.gov

2

TX

Lower Rio Grande Valley

Volunteer

(956) 784-7632, or
Patty_Alexander@fws.gov

2

TX

Santa Ana

Volunteer

(956) 784-7632 Patty_Alexander@fws.gov

2

TX

Texas Mid-Coast NWR Complex

Volunteer

Keith_Ramos@fws.gov
(979) 964-3639

3

IA

NONE

3

IL

NONE

3

IN

NONE

3

MI

NONE

3

MN

NONE

3

MO

NONE

3

OH

NONE

3

WI

NONE

4 Click here for a list of Southeast Resident Volunteer Opportunities

5

CT

NONE

5

DE

NONE

5

MA

NONE

5

MD

NONE

5

ME

NONE

5

NH

NONE

5

NJ

NONE

5

NY

NONE

5

PA

NONE

5

RI

NONE

5

VA

Eastern Shore of Virginia

Volunteer

FW5RW_ESVNWR@fws.gov

5

VT

NONE

5

WV

NONE

6

CO

NONE

6

KS

NONE

6

MT

NONE

6

ND

NONE

6

NE

NONE

6

SD

NONE

6

UT

NONE

6

WY

National Elk Refuge

Volunteer

(307) 733-9212
NationalElkRefuge@fws.gov

7

AK

Alaska Maritime

Volunteer - Alaska Maritime (PDF 1.6mb)
RV - Homer

907-226-4629
Nikki_Hinds@fws.gov

7

AK

Kenai

Volunteer

(907) 260-6163
Dave_Kenagy@fws.gov

7

AK

Tetlin

Volunteer

(907) 883-9417
Heather_N_ Johnson@fws.gov

 

Last Updated: 2/18/09