Get Involved


"Every one of us makes a difference every day. Everyone has a role to play." – Dr. Jane Goodall

Volunteers. Whatever your interests are, there is a place for you in refuges!Do you want to walk for miles in the heat searching for reptiles? Count plants? Talk to visitors? Help at the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival? Document insect species? Look for frogs? Lead refuge tours? Count waterfowl in the chill morning? Trap ground squirrels for relocation? Or maybe something a bit less glamorous, but no less important, like office and computer work, picking up trash, cleaning offices, maintaining vehicles, conducting safety audits, or pulling up weeds?

Volunteers are an important—indeed a necessary—part of national wildlife refuges. Without the help of volunteers, many important programs and functions would cease to exist. It is not only refuges that benefit from volunteers; so do our volunteers! They develop a sense of place; learn about plants, wildlife, habitats, and geology; explore places they would not otherwise go; gain new friends; and know they did good things for wildlife and for the earth.

Teaching children is one of the most important activities we undertake for the future of wildlife and their homes. The Central Basin Audubon Society partners with the refuge to provide environmental education to local children.

Columbia NWR is one of eight refuges in the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. All of the following refuges have opportunities for volunteers.

  • Cold Springs NWR near Hermiston, Oregon
  • Columbia, NWR near Othello, Washington
  • Conboy Lake NWR near Glenwood, Washington
  • Hanford Reach National Monument near Richland, Washington
  • McKay Creek NWR near Pendleton, Oregon
  • McNary NWR near Burbank and Pasco, Washington
  • Toppenish NWR near Toppenish and Yakima, Washington

If one of the volunteer opportunities interests you, please contact:
          Denise McInturff
          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
          64 Maple Street
          Burbank, WA  99323
          (509) 546-8300