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The refuge complex typically has a variety of internship opportunities each year ranging from biology and invasive species work to interpretation and education. Internships are a great way to experience what it is like to work on public lands and make a contribution to natural resource conservation. All internship opportunities will be posted between November-March on one of the following webpages:






Friends Group

The Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge formed in 2000, nearly a full year prior to the transfer of the U.S. Army's former Fort Devens Sudbury Training Annex to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Since that time, the Friends Group has provided the refuge invaluable assistance in preparing to open the refuge for wildlife-dependent recreational activities by removing physical safety hazards; working with local communities to meet wildlife and biological management objectives; and conducting numerous public outreach and education programs.

To learn more and support our Friends, please visit their website or their Facebook page


There are currently a limited number of volunteer positions available at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge:

 -Front Desk Greeter: We are in need of qualified volunteers (at least 18 years old; must submit and pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check; attend 6 hours of training; commit to 6 hours of volunteering per month for at least a 3-month period) to staff the front desk at the Visitor Center so that it can be open on all weekends.

-Urban Education Program Educator: We are in need of current or former educators (K-12 experience) to assist with our Urban Education Program with inner-city youth. In addition to environmental education experience, qualified volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must submit and pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) background check. 

-Pollinator Garden Team Member: We are looking for qualified volunteers to assist with creating and maintaining the pollinator gardens located in front of the Visitor Center. Pollinator garden volunteers must be at least 16 years old, possess a positive attitude and be hard-working, and be able to commit to volunteering at least 4 hours each month (between April-October).

-Invasive Plant Removal Team Member:  We are in need of volunteers (at least 16 years old) to join the Assabet Pulling Together (APT) volunteer team to hand-remove invasive flora from the Refuge. The group meets at the Visitor Center on most Saturday mornings during the growing season from 9AM-12PM to hand-pull non-native, invasive plants on the Refuge grounds. To sign-up for this position, please email APT team leader Dave Lange at

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please email Visitor Services Specialist Kelsey Mackey at