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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead


Refuge Volunteers

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge has a very active volunteer program. Volunteers are primarily needed as trailhead docents, greeting and assisting visitors as they arrive at the Refuge. People who enjoy teaching and learning about nature, interacting with the public, and who are looking to be good land stewards are needed for these positions. Other volunteer opportunities may include beach clean-ups, wildlife surveys, invasive species mitigation, maintenance, trail roving, and administration. A comprehensive training is held annually in the spring. For more information call the Refuge at (360)457-8451.

Refuge Volunteer Caretaker 

Dungeness NWR recruits two volunteer caretakers a year, an individual or couple for the winter months and an individual or couple for the summer months. The caretaker lives on the Refuge and has a variety of duties which may include greeting and assisting visitors, helping to organize volunteers, opening and closing the trailhead, roving the trails, patrolling the beach, general and restroom maintenance, invasive species mitigation, and other duties as assigned. A small monthly stipend is provided. A six month commitment is required. Interested parties should contact the Refuge at (360)457-8451.

Friends Group

The Friends of Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge was founded as a non-profit organization to support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in protecting the rich habitat of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. They provide support for educational, interpretive and outreach activities that will enhance public understanding and promote stewardship for this unique natural resource.

Seabird Surveys

The University of Washington coordinates the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), an excellent citizen science project to monitor seabird health in the Pacific Northwest. COASST monitors beaches in and near the Refuge. Information gathered about the general health of the Refuge’s seabird population can provide important information to refuge managers. COASST volunteers for the beaches in this region are coordinated by the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary office in Port Angeles.