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.
More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century. Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources.
There are many opportunities to get involved in what's going on at the refuge. Volunteers participate in a wide array of activities, including:
Visitor Services Volunteers help refuge staff in several different ways by answering visitors' questions, conducting tours, helping office staff, giving talks to school groups, performing trail work and helping with many other important projects.
Interns are college students seeking on-the-job experience or research opportunities. Current students and recent graduates be sure to the U.S. FWS Careers in Conservation page.
For more information on volunteering and available positions, please stop in the Visitor Center or fill out the Volunteer Application and email it to our general mailbox.
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Snowy plovers face many threats with coastal areas becoming increasingly developed. They are year-round residents of the Gulf Coast and even nest on refuge.