Get Involved

Refuge volunteers - USFWS.

Interested in getting involved with John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge? Opportunities include volunteering, internships, summer employment, and becoming a member of the Friends of Heinz Refuge.



Volunteers provide thousands of hours annually to the refuge assisting with programming, resource management, and administrative duties. Their time and dedication are critical to the refuge’s ability to accomplish goals related to our mission and services delivered to the public. 

All prospective volunteers should download and complete a Volunteer Application and submit it to the Refuge's Volunteer Coordinator, Erika Scarborough. Forms may be submitted via email to or in person at the Visitor Center.

In addition to an invitation to the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, volunteers receive training, clothing and a nametag.

For further information, contact us at 215-365-3118.

The Friends of Heinz Refuge

The Friends of the Heinz Refuge (FOHR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization engaged in a wide diversity of projects, programs, and services which serve to raise awareness of and support for John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, as well as the National Wildlife Refuge System and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. FOHR assists the refuge in meeting their mission in a variety of ways including managing a nature store, hosting special events, providing bus funding for school groups, and much more! To find out how you can get involved, visit or find them on Facebook.


All temporary, term, and permanent employment opportunities in the federal government, including positions at the refuge, appear on USA Jobs. For student and recent graduate employment, explore the Pathways program.

Paid Summer Internships

Internship opportunities are available for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates.

High School Students

The refuge partners with MobilizeGreen to assemble crews of high school students in the spring, summer, and fall who have an interest in conservation and nature. Gain experience with trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, garden maintenance, and environmental education at the refuge and in the surrounding communities. Call the Visitor Center (215-365-3118) for more information.

College Students and Recent Graduates

Hispanic Access Foundation Internship

If you identify as Hispanic or Latine, consider applying for a Hispanic Access Foundation summer internship! Gain experience in visitor services, environmental education, and community engagement. You must be a US citizen or resident and Spanish-speaking skills are preferred. For more information and to apply, click here.

Alliance for Watershed Education Fellowship

The Alliance for Watershed Education Fellowship is for college students and recent graduates interested in nature and conservation. Educate Southwest Philadelphia residents about the importance of keeping their watershed clean! You must be at least 18 years old by the start of the fellowship. For more information and to apply, click here.

Student Conservation Association - Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP)

CDIP is a partnership between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Student Conservation Association (SCA). It is for first and second year college students curious about a career in conservation. Applicants of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply! For more information and to apply, click here.