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.
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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 www.volunteer.gov or contact the refuge for additional information.
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 is an independent, (501 c 3) nonprofit organization whose mission is:
To learn more, visit their website: http://www.friendsofcapemayrefuge.org/
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The federally-threatened piping plover is a small, stocky shorebird resembling a sandpiper. They use wide, flat, open, sandy beaches with very little grass or other vegetation. Nesting territories often include small creeks or wetlands. The piping plover breeds on the northern Great Plains, in the Great Lakes, and along the Atlantic coast (Newfoundland to North Carolina); and winters on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts from North Carolina to Mexico, and in the Bahamas West Indies.