Summer crew at work installing posts

Helping with Quivira's missions and goals can be done through employment and/or volunteering. 


Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency in the United States (Federal) Government.  Jobs occasionally open at Quivira, but on an irregular basis.  Employment is typically permanent full-time (PFT) or temporary full-time (TFT, also known as seasonal).  The main exceptions are Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) jobs (see below).  When jobs open they are filled only through a National online service called USA Jobs.  Applicants do not apply directly to Quivira for job openings (except for YCC jobs).  Click on the link below to check for job openings and apply for Quivira (or any other) federal job.

Refuge staff conducting field research


A Refuge Volunteer works along-side Refuge employees at Quivira, often performing the same or similar tasks as paid employees.  Volunteers are not paid, except in certain circumstances (some are also reimbursed for travel expenses).  These positions are highly respected by Refuge staff, and perform vital functions in the operation of the Refuge.  Volunteer positions are always open, and are often geared toward the Volunteer and what he or she wants to contribute.  To find out more, click on the "Get Involved" link below.

Get Involved
Refuge volunteer doing carpentry work

Youth Conservation Corps

In past years, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge annually recruited high school students age 15 through 18 for summer employment in the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC).  Projects included trail building and repair, improving wildlife habitat, posting boundary signs, invasive plant control, monitoring wildlife, simple construction, office work and general maintenance activities as needed.

Due to insufficient funding, there are no opportunities currently for Youth Conservation Corps positions at Quivira.

YCC crew member working at Headquarters

The program typically began in early summer and lasted approximately eight weeks.  Students work 40 hours per week, Monday- Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Students are paid on a bi-weekly basis.  Participants are selected through a random drawing of all applicants.

YCC crew installing barrier posts