Get Involved

JDS 2017 Judging by AW

Photo of volunteers judging Junior Duck Stamp Contest submissions at the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Headquarters building in Boonville, Missouri by Anna Weyers/USFWS.

More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Whether working on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, volunteers contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.

Become a volunteer today and contribute your talents on behalf of America's natural resources!

Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (NFWR) provides numerous volunteer opportunities including:

  • Adopt-a-kiosk*
  • Trash removal
  • Trail construction/maintenance
  • Outreach events
  • Tree plantings
  • Invasive plant removal
* Several kiosks are currently available for adoption, from Kansas City to St. Louis; see POC below to help!

These are just some of the volunteer activities available on the Refuge. Individual volunteers are welcome to get involved in numerous types of refuge management activities and are encouraged to participate in our on-call program, which enables staff to contact volunteers on an as-needed basis according to the individual's interests indicated on volunteer forms. Students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in biology, conservation or other related fields are also encouraged to submit project proposals for research and monitoring activities on refuge lands via our special-use permit program.

For more information on volunteer opportunities or how you can get involved, please contact Big Muddy NFWR Volunteer Coordinator, Tim Haller, at 660-672-2806 or via email at

For general USFWS-wide volunteer information, check out the Service's volunteer website at