Volunteer at outreach booth - USFWS.

Whether you're a student or a retiree … whether you're skilled or require training … whether you can contribute a few hours per week, per month, or per year — there's a place for you at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).


The top ten benefits of volunteering at Eastern Neck NWR are:

  1. The opportunity to make a difference for America's wildlife, environment, and people.
  2. The challenge of gaining new knowledge and learning new skills.
  3. The joy of meeting people — visitors, partners, other volunteers, and staff.
  4. The gratification of sharing your talents with others.
  5. The pride of serving as one of a national coalition of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Volunteers.
  6. The sincere gratitude of the staff of Eastern Neck NWR.
  7. The fun of volunteer recognition dinners, training workshops and special events.
  8. The chance to demonstrate your philosophy of "giving back" to your community.
  9. The privilege of seeing areas of the refuge that are closed to the general public.
  10. The free T-shirt!

To request a volunteer application form, or if you have questions about any of Eastern Neck's volunteer activities, please contact the refuge by calling (410) 639-7056 or email us at EasternNeck@fws.gov  

If you're ready to get involved at your national wildlife refuge, or if you have questions about any of Eastern Neck's volunteer activities, please contact the refuge by calling (410) 639-7056.

Ongoing Volunteer Positions

Visitor Center & Friends' Bookstore Worker

Description: Our visitor center is bustling with exciting activity seven days a week all year, and we need your help to keep things running smoothly for both staff and visitors. Activities include answering the phone, greeting visitors, answering questions about the refuge, and handling bookstore sales.

Time & Skill Requirements: Friendly attitude towards the public and adaptability to a variety of basic tasks are essential. You can choose half- or whole-day shifts 7 days a week.

Data Entry Assistant

Description: If you enjoy entering data, the staff would surely love to talk to you.

Time & Skill Requirements: Variable times available. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and/or other data information programs.

Outdoor Maintenance Assistant

Description: Enjoy working outdoors? Volunteers are needed to help with activities such as trail maintenance, sign construction, vehicle maintenance, and more.

Time & Skill Requirements: Experience with general maintenance, hand and power tools, and carpentry is helpful. Regular time commitment preferred, but we are flexible.

General Office Assistance

Description: Assist Staff with filing, mailing preparation, and other office duties.

Time & Skill Requirements: Ability to follow general directions. As needed basis.

Biological Surveys and Invasive Species Control/Monitoring

Description: So many species, so little time! If you have interest and/or experience in wildlife monitoring, this opportunity is for you. Current monitoring efforts include waterfowl, songbirds, marsh grasses, water quality and invasive species.

Time & Skill Requirements: Wildlife and plant identification skills would be very useful, but not necessarily required if the desire to learn is strong. Time requirements vary throughout the year.

Birding Related

Description: Maintain nest boxes throughout the refuge. Lead bird walks.  Conduct waterfowl surveys.

Environmental Education

Description: Assist staff and/or teachers with environmental education visits.


Description: Assist seasoned volunteers with planning and maintaining Bayscape garden.