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The Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge is always looking for passionate people who enjoy the outdoors and want to use their wealth of knowledge to spread the word about one of the greatest treasures on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Generally, no special skills are required to be a volunteer. On-the-job training is provided as needed. Individual talents and skills are matched with volunteer interests and work opportunities.   

 There are a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers to assist with wildlife projects, public services or maintenance jobs. Contact the refuge to learn more about internships, work camping and other volunteer information.

If you have a recreational vehicle or motor home and enjoy living and working on a beautiful wildlife refuge, consider our available positions. In exchange for a gravel pad and full hook-ups, you will work 3 to 4 days a week in our expansive and modern visitor center.

Responsibilities include opening and closing the center, greeting all visitors, answering questions about the refuge and the Eastern Shore of Virginia in general, and helping people have a fun and educational visit to our gorgeous refuge.

The visitor center has a wildlife viewing window through which you can see deer, ducks, turkey, osprey, glossy ibis, fox and many other creatures. The center has numerous displays, including a Please Touch table, decoys, video displays and lovely dioramas with carved birds. Outside there are two butterfly gardens and one mile of trails that meander by high quality songbird habitat, a marsh overlook, an historic cemetery and a World War II bunker. The trailhead for our 5 mile "Southern Tip Hike and Bike Trail" begins at the visitor center parking lot.

If you are interested in volunteering or workamping, please call us at 757-331-2760

Friends Group 

The Chincoteague Natural History Association (CNHA) is a non-profit, cooperating association established in partnership with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. CNHA was established as a Friends Group to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the Chincoteague Refuge, the Eastern Shore of Virginia Refuge, and the natural history and environment of Virginia's Eastern Shore in general. CNHA produces and provides interpretive and educational material for refuge visitors. Proceeds from memberships and items sold in the gift shops are used to support and enhance interpretive programs, projects, and activities at both refuges. CNHA's operations are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic.