Get Involved


More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). 

Whether working on the land, or with youth, volunteers contribute to the conservation mission of the USFWS that reaches back more than a century.  

Become a volunteer today and contribute your talents on behalf of America's natural and wildlife resources!

Volunteering at Kankakee

The spirit of volunteering at Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area is brought to life by the words of Jane Goodall: "We have the choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place." Our team of volunteers do just that; they are the life energy of the refuge and their dedication, time and effort has had an incredible impact on the refuge.

Kankakee is fortunate to have a wonderful group of volunteers who share the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working together to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.   

What is a volunteer? 

An individual who performs hours of service for a public agency for civic, charitable or humanitarian reasons, without promise, expectation or receipt of compensation for services rendered, is considered to be a volunteer. 

Who can be a volunteer? YOU! 

Our volunteer team welcomes you to join us! See below for more information on current opportunities and roles. 

Kankakee National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area provides several volunteer opportunities for a wide variety of interest including, but not limited to the following:

  • Environmental education 
  • Land restoration 
  • Invasive species removal 

    For more information on volunteer opportunities or how you can get involved, contact the Refuge Manager, Todd Boonstra at (815) 678-4532 ext. 8206.