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 4 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

Administrative 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.   

Visitor Services Assistant – Duties may include informing individuals or groups about the refuge and visitor opportunities, developing or presenting nature programs, and/or planning special events.

Biological Assistant – Experienced persons can help with wildlife surveys, habitat management, mapping, and/or data management.  

Maintenance Assistant – Skilled volunteers may help with maintaining buildings, trails, facilities, and equipment.

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! If you’re an excellent seamstress – perhaps we need animal mascot costumes repaired.  If you’re a former art teacher – perhaps we need someone to lead a wildlife art workshop.  If you’re a skilled public speaker and a hunter – perhaps we need someone to help with our youth hunt orientation. The potential connections are endless! 

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 and availability, and refuge volunteer needs.   If we can find common ground, we will then arrange for you to meet with a staff member who will be your volunteer supervisor.   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 many of the refuge’s special events and activities including Spring into Nature and Youth Turkey Hunt to name a couple. More information about the Friends can be found at When you click on this link you will be leaving this website.