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Part-time and Resident Volunteer Opportunities
Help Make a Difference! Support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by assisting in the conservation of our public lands and the protection of our natural wildlife resources and their habitat!

The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex offers two unique volunteer opportunities. Part-time volunteer positions are offered and resident volunteer opportunities for those individuals with recreational vehicle/trailer wishing to assist refuge staff with a variety of outdoor/indoor activities.


The refuge complex is looking for volunteers to assist in the day-to-day operations of the refuge complex. Primary duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Visitor Services: staffing refuge Visitor Contact Station; assisting with clerical duties; participating in refuge Education and Outreach events; assisting staff with special events.

Resource Management:
Assisting staff with wildlife surveys and inventory; assisting with wildlife habitat survey and restoration work; assisting staff with data input and other computer work.

Maintenance: Maintaining refuge grounds and facilities; maintaining manatee sanctuary buoys; signage; special projects.

Manatee Watch: Assisting staff by educating visitors about manatees and also about the 12 Manatee Prohibitions. 

What's my commitment?

Part-Time Volunteers: The amount of time that you wish to volunteer is up to you. Volunteers may work full-time, a few hours per week or month, or even during a particular season.

Resident Volunteers: Volunteers should plan to commit to a specified period of time, no less than 30 days and no more than 120 days, unless approved by the Refuge Manager. Volunteers will work a schedule of four eight-hour days per person for a total of 28 hours per week (per person).

Accommodations for Resident Volunteers: The Refuge has full hook-up trailer pads, located off HWY 19 in Homosassa , FL , adjacent to the Chassahowitzka maintenance shop. The RV Park is fenced and reasonably secure. Each site has water, electric (50 amp, 220v hook-up), cement slab and picnic table. Laundry facilities are located on the site.

What training is required?
Volunteers need no special skills other than the ability to work by themselves and a genuine desire and enthusiasm for the resource. Volunteers will be trained for the duties they will perform. Generally, training is scheduled throughout the year and presented by key staff and other professionals to enhance volunteer resource knowledge and skills.

To Apply:
For an application and more information about the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex and its volunteer opportunities contact the refuge Visitor Services Specialist, Monica Scroggin at (352) 563-2088, or by email at