Get Involved


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.

More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex or an entire state.  Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.

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. Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources. 

Kern National Wildlife Refuge has ongoing volunteer positions that involve biological surveys, habitat management, and invasive plant removal. Some positions offer free on site housing while all offer experiences that that you will always remember. For more information contact the Refuge at 661-725-2767. More information on volunteer opportunities with federal agencies that manage our nation's natural resources can be found at 

For more information about local volunteer opportunities on the refuge, please contact the Kern National Wildlife Refuge at 661-725-2767.