Experience Wildlife- Volunteer

Volunteer -General Help (Boat Dock Repair)

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is an oasis at the base of the Ruby Mountains, with year-round water and hundreds of species of birds. It is a haven for hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife photography, and fishing. It is remote, quiet, and beautiful with mild summer temperatures. As a volunteer, you can be part of a small, friendly staff helping the refuge thrive for wildlife and generations to enjoy today and in the future. It is hard work, but past volunteers have found it to be very rewarding.


The refuge seeks a general maintenance volunteer(s) who will assist with upkeep of refuge facilities and equipment during the spring and summer seasons. Volunteers need not serve during the entire time span. Ideal candidates should have experience operating power tools and general construction. Volunteers will be relied upon to help with maintaining trails, weed control, wildlife surveys, light carpentry, painting, and general upkeep of public use facilities which includes cleaning restrooms. We are looking for dedicated, outgoing people with an eye for spotting what can be improved and a willingness to help us get it done. The refuge attempts to emphasize each volunteer’s special skills and interests; therefore, specifics such as duration of stay and tasks performed are negotiable.

Due to our remote location, RV or motor-home utility hook-ups on a gravel pad for electricity, water, and sewage are available. We can also offer limited lodging to potential volunteers who do not have RV’s. Both require a commitment of 30 hours per week of volunteer work per resident.  There is no cellular service or wifi at the lodging sites, however limited signals can be reached while out on the refuge. Exact start and end dates are negotiable.

Ruby Lake NWR is located approximately 65 miles from Elko, Nevada where there are casinos and movie theaters, museums, and special events from which to choose.  

Volunteers directly affect the quality and success of refuge operations; and the public’s understanding and image of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If you are interested, please send a letter of interest or inquires for further information to  rubylake@fws.govor call (775) 779-2237.