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Volunteers after a refuge cleanup - Friends of Cape May NWR.


Cape May National Wildlife Refuge welcomes volunteers. Loss of habitat to human uses is the world's biggest cause of species endangerment and extinction. Because we continue to establish towns, cities and recreation sites in areas that were once natural habitats, wildlife needs our help more than ever to survive. Individuals interested in volunteering are welcome to contact refuge headquarters at (609) 463-0994 any weekday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Volunteer opportunities are available within the Biology, Visitor Services, and Maintenance programs. Time commitments can range from a few hours on a single day to a set schedule over many months, but all volunteers must sign a Volunteer Services Agreement. Popular volunteer opportunities include: horseshoe crab tagging, invasive plant species removal, greeting/orienting visitors, and trail maintenance.

We need volunteer greeters for our visitor contact station at the Two Mile Beach Unit.

Position Description (pdf - 47KB)

Work Camper Program

The refuge has two-three camper pads with hookups (water, sewer – pump out of gray water from individual tanks, electric, and internet) in exchange for volunteer work hours. Work Campers are signed up as volunteers and must work 24 hours per week to obtain the free camper space. To learn more, visit or contact the refuge for additional information.

Biology Volunteer Internship Opportunities

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge has valuable and stimulating biological science internship opportunities for the upcoming summer season. Interns will work side by side with educated professionals as they learn the ins and outs of the wildlife management field. Many opportunities exist for you to join other interns and observe what they are doing as well. Interns will learn to survey horseshoe crabs, bats, shorebirds, beach nesting birds, invasive plants, salt marsh habitats, etc. as well as work with scientific protocols, databases, GPS, and GIS. Something new is happening at the refuge just about every day, so why not take advantage of this great learning experience?

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Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge

Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge is an independent, (501 c 3) nonprofit organization whose mission is:

  • To promote awareness of the Cape May Refuge and surrounding natural areas
  • To foster public understanding, appreciation and support of the Cape May Refuge and National Wildlife Refuge System
  • To advocate for the conservation and protection of wildlife, plants & their habitats in our community for the benefit of current and future generations.

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