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Refuge Volunteer Jim Montgomery Leading Tour / USFWS

From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources.  Become a volunteer and contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources.

Volunteers are vital to managing our public lands.  Across the country, you’ll see their smiling faces in visitor centers, on trails, in boats and everywhere else.

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge has been fortunate to have an amazing, longtime volunteer, Dr. James "Jim" Montgomery Jr. who is a terrific example of Interior’s volunteers.  Since 1985, he’s logged over 25,000 hours surveying wildlife at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.  Thanks to Jim and all the other volunteers and volunteer coordinators out there!  Learn more about Jim’s epic volunteer career.       

OUR REFUGE NEEDS YOU TODAY!  Volunteering at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge can be an extremely rewarding experience.  Services performed by volunteers are valuable in accomplishing refuge goals, and are important in wildlife conservation. 

Volunteer services are needed most at the Refuge during the spring, summer, and fall months.  We have opportunities in the following areas: 

Visitor Center Receptionist
Trail maintenance
Biological Assistant
Garage Mechanic
Computer Graphics and Digital Photography
Festival Assistant Coordinator
Exhibit Designer
Tour Guide (interpretation)
Environmental Education (school outreach programs)
Education Booklet Designer
Native plant landscaping
Trash cleanup 

Whether you want to make a long or short term commitment, the Refuge may have a volunteer opportunity for you.  CURRENTLY, WE ARE IN NEED OF HELP IN OUR VISITOR CENTER.  If you enjoy meeting and talking to a variety of people, this could be the opportunity for you.   

Please contact the refuge at (575) 625-4009 or email