Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
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Intern banding wood ducks. Credit: USFWS

Intern banding wood ducks. Credit: USFWS

Tennessee Refuge also offers an intern program for students or recent graduates of a natural resource field. Interns often work on a specific schedule to assist with activities like surveying birds, managing water levels, managing moist-soil areas, wood duck boxes or banding wood ducks.

The refuge offers a summer internship. Free refuge housing is available and a modest living stipend is provided.

Interns interested in habitat management, wildlife management, biological careers, research, or other refuge-oriented goals and missions are encouraged to contact us.

Salary: Although no salary is paid, Interns are provided a modest living stipend.

Housing: Housing is provided free of charge (utilities paid) in the refuge's Bunkhouse - a 24' x 40' double-wide trailer.




Volunteers constructing an information kiosk. Credit: USFWS

Volunteers constructing an information kiosk. Credit: USFWS

Imagine banding birds, conducting wildlife surveys, helping with environmental programs, leading a tour, or restoring habitat on a National Wildlife Refuge. You can do this by serving as a volunteer at Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge

Volunteers serve a vital role in helping the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service fulfill its mission of conserving, protecting and enhancing America’s fish and wildlife and their habitats. The amount of time you volunteer is up to you. You may work full time, a few hours per week or month, or during a particular season.

No special skills are needed to be a USFWS volunteer. While there is no age limit, anyone under 18 years must have written parental approval. Organized group participation is welcomed and encouraged. Volunteers are welcome regardless of race, religion, age, gender, nationality or disability.

A resident volunteer (RV) Program exists on the refuge at our Duck River Unit. The refuge provides a new volunteer pad with full hook-ups. Laundry facilities are available next door at the Intern house. This site offers solitude and quiet. Those interested in volunteering need to contact the Refuge office for more information.

Volunteers are valuable to the management of our Nation’s fish and wildlife resources. You can enjoy a productive and rewarding experience as a volunteer at Tennessee NWR. Sign up today: Send your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, your interests and qualifications to FW4 RW Tennessee@fws.gov. We will do the rest.

Volunteer Anderson filling bird feeders. Credit: USFWS

Volunteer Anderson filling bird feeders. Credit: USFWS


Last updated: August 21, 2014