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Volunteers contribute thousands of hours of their time and expertise to the work of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Join us!



  • May 2020- September 2020
  • Seeking friendly, energetic couple to join our team for the 2020 summer season in Homer, Alaska.  This opportunity is for a couple traveling with their RV, with experience in visitor services, and enjoys working with people and providing excellent customer service. Knowledge or willingness to learn about nature, ecology, wildlife, and plants including common species.  
  • Minimum requirements to become a Resident Volunteer: provide self-contained recreational vehicle; volunteer for entirety of season; for a couple, be willing to contribute 32 hours per week per individual.  An RV pad with electrical, water, and sewer provided in exchange for service.  Background checks will be required.


Samples of volunteer work

  • Educate the visiting public and school children at the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center in Homer.
  • Three months on a remote Aleutian island documenting the numbers and variety of seabirds.
  • Collect fish samples and oceanographic data for studies of the marine environment aboard the refuge's research vessel, the R/V Tiglax.
  • Maintain equipment and facilities at field stations on Adak Island and in the Pribilof Islands.



How to Volunteer

Biology Volunteers
Please send a resume and a cover letter indicating the kind of positions you are interested in and any special skills you have such as bird surveys, isolated field camps and/or skiff and outboard operation, by e-mail alaskamaritime@fws.gov or mail to the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, 95 Sterling Highway # 1, Homer, AK 99603.

Visitor Center Volunteers
To work in the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, e-mail or write to the address above. Include your area(s) of interest, availability, and any special skills you'd like us to know about.



We may be able to cover some travel expenses for volunteers. Volunteers are covered by the federal workmen's compensation program in case of an injury or accident while on duty.