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IMAGINE banding birds at a national wildlife refuge, raising fish at a national fish hatchery, conducting wildlife surveys, leading a tour, or restoring fragile habitat.

With close to 42,000 volunteers contributing in excess of 1.5 million hours, our volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks. Some work full-time, some just a few hours a week or month, or during a particular season or special event.

WHO ARE OUR VOLUNTEERS? 

Our volunteers are individuals who want to give back to their communities, parents who want to be good stewards of the land and set examples for their children, retired people willing to share their wealth of knowledge, concerned citizens of all ages who want to learn more about conservation, and passionate people who enjoy the outdoors and want to spread the word about America's greatest natural treasures.

WHAT DO OUR VOLUNTEERS DO?

Generally, no special skills are required to be a volunteer. On-the-job training is provided as needed. Individual talents and skills are matched with volunteer interests and work opportunities. The following opportunities may be available on a refuge near you:

  • conducting fish and wildlife population surveys
  • lead tours and provide information to school groups and other visitors
  • assisting with laboratory research, improve habitat such as re-establishing native plants along a riverbank
  • help with special projects such as banding ducks
  • performing clerical and administrative duties
  • working with computers and other technical equipment
  • photograph natural and cultural resources
  • fight invasive species


2015 Volunteer of the year
Fish and Aquatic Conservation Biologist and
Volunteer measuring snapping turtle
at Tishoming National Fish Hatchery

Volunteers Help with Blue Bird boxes at Ennis
National Fish Hatchery

Teen Spreads the Word on Marine Debris

RV volunteers, Moapa Valley Refuge, NV

Manatee watch, Chassahowitzka Refuge, FL

Fence removal, Desert Refuge, NV

Assisting with banding

Trash removal, Edwin B Forsythe Refuge, NJ

National Public Lands Day Watching the Purple Martin Condos


Make plans now for National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 26. Plan to volunteer at a national wildlife refuge near you. These volunteers were a big help Desert Refuge, NV, in 2014. For additional information and to volunteer, click here. Here are a few refuges already calling for volunteers:

Balcones Canyonlands Refuge, TX
Sept 16  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Trim trees, pull weeks, clear trails, remove invasive plants, paint

Tualatin River Refuge, OR
Sept 12  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Remove invasive species in Aftalati Unit.

Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, KY
Sept 22  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

When purple martins canít find tree cavities or abandoned woodpecker holes at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, NJ, they can stay in gourd-houses carefully tended by volunteers. Read all about it here.

 

Last updated: February 25, 2015
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