Get Involved

Volunteer beach cleanup - Matt Poole/USFWS.


Volunteers are an important part of the refuge team and support conservation work in many ways. Whether working fulltime, dedicating a few hours per week, or assisting with periodic special events, opportunities to volunteer at the refuge are diverse and include:

  • Serving as a plover warden on the refuge beach to informally educate visitors about piping plover management efforts and to prevent trespass into closed areas on the beach;
  • Assisting biologists with wildlife surveys;
  • Leading tours and field trips for school groups and the visiting public;
  • Assisting with habitat improvement projects (such as pulling invasive pepperweed in the refuge salt marsh);
  • Providing information to the public at the visitor center information desk; and
  • Assisting with maintenance projects such as refurbishing boardwalks and mowing

Friends Group

The Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the conservation of the natural resources of the refuge, fostering public understanding and appreciation of the refuge, and engaging in activities that will assist and challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to meet its mandates.