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Volunteers working on the refuge - USFWS.


Close to 38,000 people volunteer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service annually. Wouldn't you like to be one of those individuals who help to conserve, manage, or protect our nation’s natural resources? Get involved by volunteering at one of your local National Wildlife Refuges and help us to protect some of America's greatest national treasures.

What do Occoquan Bay Volunteers do?

Volunteers help run the visitor center, maintain the refuge, and support wildlife management.

With the grand opening of our new Visitor Center on the horizon we are mainly looking for volunteers who are interested in greeting visitors and providing information at the front desk. However, if customer service isn't your thing we may be looking for volunteers in other areas: 

  • Assignments include:
  • Greeting visitors and providing information at the visitor center.
  • Assist staff with interpretative programs for the visiting public and groups
  • Taking part in special one-day events such as refuge clean-ups, public festivals, or special work projects.
  • Performing routine maintenance tasks such as trail maintenance and clearing.
  • Assist with wildlife and habitat management such as invasive plant mapping or surveys.

How much time is required?

  • You determine your own volunteer time.
  • Volunteers may help a few hours a week or month, during a particular season, or year round.

Who may volunteer?

  • No special skills are needed to be a refuge volunteer. However, some opportunities may require on-the-job training.
  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

Where do I start?

**Please note, the refuge is not currently accepting volunteers to begin at this time for safety reasons due to COVID-19. However, if you are interested in volunteering when regular operations return please contact:

Carina Velazquez-Mondragon, Visitor Services Specialist 
703-490-4979 x 2014