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From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources. Become a volunteer today and help support education, conservation, and ultimately the wildlife at "Ding" Darling NWR

More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.

"Ding" Darling NWR is supported by over 300 wonderful volunteers that have given thousands hours of service. With their help, they have filled in the gaps of over 16 employees! Become a volunteer at the Refuge today to help conserve and protect our nations' wildlife and teach thousands of visitors that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.

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Volunteer Opportunities


  • Visitor & Education Center Front Desk- Front desk volunteers represent the Refuge to the public who visit the Refuge's Visitor & Education Center. Volunteers answer the public's questions and assist them throughout exploring the Center and the Nature Gift Store. 
  • Environmental Education/Interpretation- Work with school groups and deliver interpretive programs.
  • Administration/Telephone Reception- Answer incoming telephone calls and do minor administrative work.
  • Roving Interpreter- Interact with visitors on the drive and trails. Provide information on other recreational activities available on the Refuge and surrounding area.
  • Maintenance- Maintain Refuge lands, trails, facilities, and equipment.
  • Mono-filament Removal- Remove mono-filament line, hooks, lures, and bobbers from the Refuge vegetation.
  • "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society (Friends of the Refuge)- For information on volunteer opportunities with the Society (Nature Gift Store, events, etc.) click here

For more information on these volunteer opportunities, click here. To apply for a volunteer position, please fill out and return a Volunteer Application (5 pages) to Jeffrey Combs, Volunteer Coordinator.