Biology Volunteers

Volunteer with Mt. Goat Study

Bird Banding (May-August):  Assist our avian biologist with mist-netting and bird banding operations at the Refuge Buskin River headquarters.  This is an exciting opportunity to get close and work with birds, either as a net-tender or taking biological measurements.  No experience necessary, new learners welcome!  Ages 15 and up.  Meet 6 days throughout the summer at daybreak, dates TBD.  Orientation session in early summer.  Contact for more information.

Seasonal Biology Interns (Summer):

Looking for the experience of a lifetime?  Love to work long hours in challenging, remote field conditions? These internships are an excellent preparation for serious college students or recent grads looking to assist with field research and prepare for a career or graduate school in biological research. Position descriptions are posted in December, applications are generally due in January before the summer season. Should have junior standing or higher and be available to arrive in Kodiak by the date posted in each position description. 
Must be a US resident.

We advertise vacant seasonal volunteer biology positions on the Texas A&M Wildlife Job Board. Search for "Kodiak."

Required Training for Remote Sites:

Please note that we require all volunteers who work within the Refuge (Biology & Cabin Maintenance) to complete the following training prior to departure for the field: CPR/First Aid, Bear Awareness, Aviation Safety, and Aviation Water Ditching Safety (full day course which includes a simulated plane crash in the local pool).

Additional training is required to handle firearms or motorized boats; this training is not required, but recommended for those who will be on extended projects.

We offer a full selection of these courses in early to mid May.  Opportunities to complete Aviation Water Ditching Safety will be limited to 1 or 2 classes; volunteers who would like to join us in the Refuge are highly advised to contact our main office at 907-487-2600 for a schedule and to sign up in advance.