Get Involved


The refuge utilizes volunteers from the community and college interns to support its programs. The volunteers assist the staff in all phases of operation from routine maintenance to outreach to wildlife and habitat inventories.

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.

Just a few of the areas volunteers assist in are: 

  • Operating the Visitor Center (greeting visitors, stocking brochures, showing the refuge video, keeping visitors updated on information concerning the refuge).
  • General maintenance such as litter pick-up, road and trail maintenance, mowing, vehicle and heavy equipment maintenance and repairs.
  • Administrative functions such as filing, answering telephone calls, and inventorying property.
  • Building wood duck, bat, blue bird, and other boxes.
  • Assisting with wildlife and habitat surveys.
  • Assisting with visitor services programs.

Interested in volunteering?  Send resume with references to:

Refuge Manager
Mackay Island NWR
PO Box 39
Knotts Island, NC. 27950

Friends Groups information

The Friends of Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit Friends organization, which also promotes and informs the public about Mackay Island and Currituck National Wildlife Refuges.  It aids in all aspects of supporting the Mackay Island and Currituck Refuges in fulfilling their duties for conservation management, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and habitats. Friends also participate in fund raising events for refuge support.

The Friends of Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., January through November.  There is no meeting in December.  Meetings are held at the Refuge Headquarters, 315 Marsh Causeway (NCHWY 615), Knotts Island, NC. 27950.

Toll-free Phone: 877-851-0151
Local Phone #: 252-429-3078

Mailing address:

Friends of Mackay Island
316 Marsh Causeway
Knotts Island, NC 27950