Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex
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Volunteer and Intern Program

olunteer doing bird survey. Credit: USFWS

Volunteer doing bird survey. Credit: USFWS

Imagine banding birds, conducting wildlife surveys, leading a tour, or restoring habitat on a National Wildlife Refuge. You can do this by serving as a volunteer or an intern at one of Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex’s seven refuges.

Volunteers serve a vital role in helping the USFWS fulfill its mission of conserving, protecting and enhancing America’s fish and wildlife and their habitats. Interns are volunteers; however, they work full-time for a given period of time. Other volunteers may work intermittently. 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. Interns often work on a specific schedule and assist with activities like surveying birds, managing moist-soil areas, or banding wood ducks.

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

Volunteers and interns are valuable to the management of our Nation’s fish and wildlife resources. You can enjoy a productive and rewarding experience as a volunteer or intern on refuges in the Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex. Sign up today: Send your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and your interests and qualifications to We will do the rest.


Last updated: September 3, 2008