Volunteers contribute over 15,000 hours to the National Elk Refuge each year. From local Boy Scouts to residential seasonals, volunteers collect antlers, teach education programs, staff the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center, complete administrative work, maintain facilities and habitat, and assist with biology research. 

The National Elk Refuge has one of the largest volunteer programs in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Mountain-Prairie region. The program is essential because volunteers are used to do mission critical work, keep facilities open, and offer visitor services and educational programs that could not be done with the refuge's permanent staff of ten employees.

A wide array of volunteer activities are available for local individuals and groups. Many of the refuge volunteers are residential, utilizing government housing and RV sites for their seasonal housing needs. Other volunteers are local and contribute hours when possible. A refuge seasonal volunteer program overview describes the requirements and process and is available upon request.

The National Elk Refuge has current and future openings for administrative, maintenance, biology, and visitor services volunteers. Position descriptions are available for each type of work and will be posted to this site soon. Persons interested in volunteering should fill out and submit a volunteer application.

To learn about volunteer opportunities on Federal lands throughout the country, visit Volunteer.gov.