Get Involved


Volunteers at Crocodile Lake NWR have volunteered thousands of hours for projects such as building nests for the endangered Key Largo woodrat, building and maintaining a native butterfly garden, restoring critical habitats, removing trash, and much more.

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.

Volunteer at the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges

Volunteers at Crocodile Lake Refuge are an integral part of the staff. They assist with numerous projects ranging from greeting visitors to conducting wildlife inventories and presenting interpretive programs.  Their help has been instrumental in the accomplishment of a number of refuge projects and activities.

If you have an interest in wildlife, enjoy working outdoors or with people, or simply want to contribute in some way, consider joining the Refuge’s volunteer staff. Training and uniforms are provided—you supply the interest and time. Becoming involved is easy.

Simply fill out a volunteer application and send the form to:

Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Attn: Jeremy Dixon
10750 County Rd 905
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: 305-451-4223

Who May Volunteer?

Volunteer Programs:
General and Resident volunteer opportunities are available

What's My Commitment?

RV Work Campers: These positions are available October-May for people living in a Recreational Vehicle during their volunteer term. We have one RV pad available. The site has water, electric, (30/50 amp, 125v hook-up), sewer, and picnic tables. Laundry facilities are provided. Volunteers should plan to commit to a minimum of about 2 months. Volunteers will work a schedule of three eight-hour days per person for a total of 24 hours per week.

General (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. Some of our typical part-time opportunities are shown below:

Education and Outreach: Volunteer opportunities include: Teaching at schools, assisting at outreach booths, and giving talks and presentations.

Biology/Resource Management: Volunteer opportunities include: 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 (trails, buildings, signs); special projects.

Groups: When contacted in advance, we can accommodate student groups; Girl and Boy Scouts, service learning groups, alternative spring breakers, Americorps, and others. We do not currently have overnight housing, but we do have half and full-day volunteer programs available.

General: Some folks just like to do their own thing, whether it’s a weekly roadside or beach cleanup, helping at an outreach booth, or assisting with field sampling or citizen science. These hours may vary, with the volunteer determining what they enjoy.


For paid positions please visit USAJOBS online.

For Internships visit SCA