Volunteers and Interns provide much needed assistance with Refuge projects. They are often able to complete work that Refuge staff would be unable to do without them. The hours, work assignments, et cetera are tailored to meet the needs of both the Refuge staff and the volunteer or intern. Refuge housing and a stipend are available to qualified interns and volunteers.
What do Volunteers/Interns do?
Interpretation: Through such activities as nature walks, talks, slide programs and visitor center information duty, volunteers/interns 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 available.
Environmental Education: Assisting Environmental Education Specialists with workshops, local fairs, field trips and special projects are a few of the volunteer/intern duties at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge.
Resource Management: Qualified individuals may assist wildlife biologists in such areas as wildlife surveys, airboat runs, endangered species monitoring and other projects.
Maintenance: Volunteers/Interns may help Refuge employees in general tasks such as landscape maintenance, sign installation, gate painting, construction and routine vehicle maintenance.
Native Plant Nursery: Volunteers/Interns germinate seeds, propagate cuttings, transplant seedlings, prune, fertilize and water plants, and plant and nurture new native plants in the field as part of the Refuge's habitat restoration mission.
Why do people become volunteers?
Who may apply?
How do you apply?
How do I become an Intern?