Get Involved


The refuge supports and encourages an active volunteer program. Depending on their skills, interests, and available time, volunteers can assist with the biological, outreach, maintenance, public use, educational or administrative tasks on the refuge. If you have the time and the willingness to make a commitment, we'd love to talk to you about your interest in volunteering with us.

There are 5 general volunteer job descriptions available at the refuge. For more details on each job, including the education/skills needed, availability, time and commitment requirements, click on the highlighted link

Office Assistant – Volunteers may do a variety of clerical, organizational, or administrative tasks; computer graphic design; data base management; a variety of writing tasks; and/or staffing  the visitor information desk.   

Environmental Education Volunteer – Duties may include giving presentations to students, greeting visitors at the Visitor Center, designing/producing educational material, assisting with special events, and contacting group leads and other program management assistance.

Naturalist Interpreter Volunteer - preparing and presenting interpretive programs, helping to create exhibits, caring for collections, assisting with special events, greeting visitors at the Visitor Center, writing articles, trail maintenance. 

Biological Assistant – Experienced persons can help with habitat maintenance or restoration, wildlife surveys, invasive species control, mapping, and/or data management.  

Maintenance Assistant – Skilled volunteers may help with minor vehicle and equipment maintenance, maintaining buildings, gates, and signs; trail maintenance, mowing, managing gardens, snow removal, and, and carpentry projects.

Please know that the descriptions above are general job descriptions. If you have a particular skill or talent that you believe may be useful to the refuge, but it doesn’t seem to fall under one of the descriptions above – don’t assume that we can’t use you. Every now and then, a potential volunteer appears who has a talent that we didn’t even know we needed until we took a closer look! 

To begin, complete a volunteer application and email it to, or mail it to:  Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, 1101 Casey Road,  Basom, NY  14013. Once we receive your application, we will be in touch with you to discuss your interests, availability, and refuge volunteer needs. If we can find common ground, we will then arrange for an orientation. Then, the fun begins!    

We look forward to hearing from you! Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge!  

Friends Group

The Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and to helping the community understand its mission and goals. The Friends sponsor and support many of the refuge’s special events, activities, and projects including Spring into Nature and the Swallow Hollow Trail boardwalk to name two. Visit the FINWR website for more information.