Give Wing to Your Wild Side - Volunteer

Volunteer Fire Break Work

Ready for a few months in one of the best kept secret hideaways?  This is the most remote refuge in the lower 48 states, but also one of the most breathtaking.  It is located in northeast Nevada, in the cold, high elevation of the Great Basin.  Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a wetland oasis in Nevada’s high desert. 

The Refuge is seeking one or more hard-working, highly-motivated volunteers during the spring and summer seasons.  We really appreciate the help volunteers that are able to give.  The refuge is at an elevation of 6,000 feet at the base of the Ruby Mountains, which rise to over 11,000 feet to the west.  It is over 60 miles to the nearest town.  We prefer a minimum three-month commitment with May, June, July, August, and September the best months from which to choose.  Volunteers need not serve during the entire time-span.  An RV-pad on gravel with full hook-ups (water, electric and sewer) or housing will be provided in exchange for 30 hours of work per week.  Volunteers may be tasked with waterfowl banding and/or conduct light maintenance around the refuge.   


There is plenty of spare time to explore, rest, and play.  Ruby Lake NWR holds the Nevada state record for the largest rainbow trout, caught in 2011 (weighing in at 16 lb, 8 oz and measuring 30.5 inches in length) and Tiger Trout also caught in 2011 (weighing in at 15 lb, 9 oz and measuring 28 inches in length).  Black Bass can be caught in the South Marsh and ponds during the summer.


If you prefer wildlife viewing, the refuge and adjacent lands provide nesting habitat to over 220 species of birds with an emphasis on waterfowl, as well as 64 species of mammals, 15 reptiles, and 2 amphibian species.  Ruby Lake NWR is 39,926 acres with 22,926 acres of meadows, grasslands, alkali playa, and shrub-steppe uplands.  There are 17,000 acres of marsh.

If you would like to volunteer, please send a letter of interest or inquires for further information to   or call (775) 779-2237.