Get Involved

Volunteers on the refuge - USFWS.


What do volunteers do? 

Volunteers help maintain the refuge and support wildlife management. Assignments include:

  • Greeting visitors and providing information at the front desk, or on the trail.
  • Leading tours and providing interpretation to the visiting public and groups.
  • Taking part in special projects and events (Plover Monitoring, Green Cafe and Wildlife Wednesdays Lecture Series, Kayak Monitoring, Invasive Plant Pulls).
  • Performing clerical and administrative duties.
  • Representing the refuge at community functions.
  • Performing routine maintenance tasks (trail and facility maintenance).

How much of my time is required? 

The amount of time that you volunteer is up to you. You may volunteer a few hours a week or month, or during a particular season.

Who may volunteer? 

No special skills are needed to be a refuge volunteer. However, if special skills are necessary, on-the-job training will be provided. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Where do I start? 

A brief list of possible volunteer opportunities are listed above under the section titled, "What do Volunteers Do?" Look for those jobs that interest you.

Complete the application form and mail it to:

Volunteer Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex
50 Bend Road
Charlestown, RI 02813

We will contact you after we receive your application to discuss the volunteer opportunities that are available to you. All volunteers are expected to attend an orientation session and occasional training depending on how you plan to volunteer.

Volunteer application (pdf)

Friends Group

Friends of the National Wildlife Refuge of Rhode Island: 

Responding to the inadequacy of funds, a group of concerned citizens established a non-profit association to support the five National Wildlife Refuges in Rhode Island. The Friends are devoted to the conservation and the development of healthy habitat for flora and fauna and a safe, accessible, ecological experience for visitors. The association promotes the benefits of refuges to the local community. The Friends support numerous efforts of the Refuge staff: financing summer interns, managing the Contact Stations, assisting the invasive species eradication programs, monitoring of salt marshes and the species dependent on them to name a few.