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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!

We can't do it all without our important volunteers!

Volunteering is a great way to stay active and get involved with science and local knowledge. Benefits include great people, camaraderie, and training. Young folks gain confidence, knowledge, and hands-on experience. 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.

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. 



  • May 2022- September 2022
  • Seeking friendly, energetic couple to join our team for the 2022 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. Two RV spaces available.
  • Minimum requirements to become a Resident Volunteer: provide self-contained recreational vehicle; volunteer for entirety of season; for a couple, be willing to contribute 28-32 hours per week per individual.  An RV pad with electrical, water, and sewer provided in exchange for service. Background checks will be required.
  • Learn more here
    • Email Visitor Center Manager, Lora Haller lora_haller@fws.gov for application 
    • Application will need a resume and professional references.


Looking for a way to stay active and involved in the community?

Local volunteers to the Homer area assist in many ways including leading bird walks with Kachemak Bay Birders, work the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, assist with education programs, Alaska Geographic bookstore, and festivals. Local volunteers are only required to volunteer a few hours a week depending on the season. Work with a great crew of folks and learn about the wildlife, birds, and history of the Alaska Maritime NWR. Contact lora_haller@fws.gov for an application.


Sometimes the biological staff and technicians are in need of folks to volunteer with bird surveys, isolated field camps, and skiff and outboard operations. Please send a resume and a cover letter indicating the kind of positions you are interested in and any special skills you have by e-mail alaskamaritime@fws.gov or mail to the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, 95 Sterling Highway # 1, Homer, AK 99603.