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Become a Refuge Volunteer

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Have a Wild Time!!! Volunteer on Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges! These diverse programs utilize volunteers of all ages and abilities. Whether the jobs are labor intensive projects for scout or church groups, full-time internships, or regular weekly or monthly assistance, there are always needs in the various Refuge program areas. Below are a few examples of volunteer needs. But, don't hesitate to contact the Volunteer Coordinator (email: tracey_rock@fws.gov or phone: 252-473-1132 Ext. 227) to discuss a program tailored to your interests and abilities.

Alligator River is the lead refuge for the North Carolina Coastal Plain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.  If you were surfing the web on one of the other refuge websites, you may find your way back to that refuge by following one of these links:  Pea Island - Mackay Island -  Currituck -  Pocosin Lakes - Roanoke River.


 

Interns are usually housed in the refuge bunkhouse, receive a small stipend, and work 40 hours per week.  The only real difference between an internship and the regular volunteer program is that interns usually work full-time for a given period of time (usually at least 12 weeks) and the stipend. Tracey Rock, Volunteer Coordinator recruits, selects and manages interns for several refuges and the Red Wolf Recovery Program. Those refuges include, Alligator River, Pea Island, Mattamuskeet and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuges.

RVs (Resident Volunteers) live in their own recreational vehicle on pads we provide on the refuge.  We provide water, electric, sewage hook-up and laundry facilities. In return for these provisions, a couple must commit to 24 hours of service per week. A single person commits to 32 hours of volunteer service per week.  

If you can't commit to being at one of the refuges you might be able to help by being a Volunteer from a DistanceThere may be web-related or non-internet related writing projects that need assistance. Do you have spare time in the evenings or on week-ends? Contact Tracey Rock, Volunteer Coordinator for a job assignment tailored to meet your needs and abilities! Or, look over some of the ideas we have at the volunteer from a distance option.

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Volunteers at the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center by Bonnie Strawser/USFWS

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2017
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