Volunteers are an essential part of operations at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. They perform many vital functions. With your help, we will enhance the quality of wildlife habitat and public use opportunities. Our program offers challenges for everyone and volunteers from all walks of life are encouraged to apply!
If you have an interest in wildlife, enjoy working outdoors or with people, or simply want to contribute in some way, consider joining the Refuge’s volunteer staff. Training and uniforms are provided—you supply the interest and time. Becoming involved is easy. Simply fill out a volunteer application and email the form to:Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) Attn: Volunteer CoordinatorP.O. Box 2683 Titusville, FL 32781 Phone: 321-861-0668 Fax: 321-861-2810 Website: http://www.fws.gov/merrittisland
Do you have an RV? Do you like volunteering? Are you looking to join this active lifestyle? Come join our crew!Individual work camp volunteers are expected to provide a minimum of 24 hours or 3 days of service per week. Couples must provide a combined minimum of 48 hours or 4 days per week in exchange for a fun, interesting volunteer experience along with RV site. Occasionally, you may be asked to volunteer additional hours to help with special projects or events. Our RV sites are level and rustic. Each site has a back-in RV space, tow vehicle parking, a deck, full electrical and water hook-ups, and limited sewer hook-up. Laundry facilities are available. Campsites are located on the Refuge but no other camping is allowed.Simply fill out a volunteer application and email the form to MerrittIsland@fws.gov or mail to Merritt Island NWR, PO Box 2683, Titusville, FL 32781. For more information about volunteering at the Refuge call 321-861-0668 or email MerrittIsland@fws.gov
The Biology Program provides internships for professional biologists and students who are seeking more experience working on National Wildlife Refuges. Internships contribute greatly to the Biology Program's capacity to inventory, monitor, study and manage the Refuge's natural resources. Internships are developed around the interests of both the volunteer and the needs of the Biology Program. They may occur at any time of the year but generally during the summer months. General biological interns can expect to help with routine surveys including population monitoring of waterfowl, bald eagles and other breeding land birds, invasive plants, and other vegetation.Internships typically include office and field time outdoors in varying weather conditions. Interns are required to provide personal clothing and outdoor gear to allow them to work outdoors in all conditions, but are typically provided knee boots, mosquito repellent, and any project-specific field equipment. Interns will be provided with a work station if computer access is required as part of the internship. Full-time interns who work more than two consecutive months are typically provided free housing, round-trip airfare, and a modest subsistence allowance ($25.00 per day). A government vehicle will be provided for work-related travel and may be provided for some after-work activities by interns staying in Refuge housing. If you are interested in learning more about internships with the Biology Program, please send a cover letter and resume to Mike Legare (Supervisory Biologist) at Mike_Legare@fws.gov.
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Merritt Island NWR has one of three strong hold populations of the threatened Florida scrub-jay.