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512 x 219 Volunteer pads

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. 

Residential Volunteer Opportunities    

  • Late in 2009, we completed the construction of 2, 20’ x 50’ trailer pads complete with sewer, water, and 50-amp service. We anticipate accommodating volunteers during the spring through fall months. We will require a minimum of 24 hours per week per person. 
  • Current volunteer needs include lawncare, facility maintenance, noxious weed mapping and control, tree removal, seed collecting, and boundary signing. Bring your skills and enthusiasm for an action-packed experience! Training will be provided for the operation of certain pieces of equipment. 
  • South Dakota’s interior continental climate exhibits an extreme range of temperatures between summer and winter, common high winds, and cyclic wet/dry periods. Temperatures range from an average high of 83 degrees in July to 2 degrees in January. The number of sunny days averages 210. Average annual rainfall is 22.9 inches while annual snowfall averages 33.4 inches.
  • Madison (pop. 6,319) is the seat of Lake County, nestled amongst several prairie lakes. From Sioux Falls (I-90), travel 26 miles north on I-29, then west 20 miles on Hwy. 34. A wide variety of businesses amply provide for comfortable living conditions. Any other consumer needs are available in Sioux Falls, 40 minutes away. 
  • If you or anyone you know is interested in doing volunteer work, please contact us at (605) 256-2974 or click here to check us out online.
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.   


For more information on volunteering at Madison Wetland Management District and other National Wildlife Refuges, please click here.