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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 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. 

What is a Volunteer?  

At Red Rock Lakes, a volunteer is anyone who assists the Refuge staff with projects, daily tasks, or programs. The number one priority of the Volunteer Program is to assist the personal growth of the individual. From the teens on up, Volunteers can be any age. Some persons may want to shine in areas where their skills are already in place; others may simply want a new adventure. We can help to build a Volunteering experience around you and your needs and wants.

Samples of Volunteer Duties 

Staffing the Visitors Center desk

Helping with waterfowl and shorebird surveys


Special Event assistance 

Trail maintenance 

Assisting with educational programs

Entering data into computer databases 

and many others...... 

Other Volunteering FAQs: 
1. How do I become a volunteer?
Simply call or stop by the Red Rock Lakes Headquarters/Visitor Center, or contact us via the Internet or postal mail.
2. How long does a volunteer work? 
Typically, the Volunteer will work 32 hours per week during normal business hours during the summer high season, with some exceptions. Arrangements can be made for other times of the year. We try to accommodate whatever schedule works best. 
3. Do I need some type of skill or experience to volunteer? 
Not necessarily. Although relevant skills and experience are often helpful, they are not required.
4. What accommodations are available?
Although there are a few trailers available, volunteers who can bring their own RVs have the greatest chance of being accepted. A couple sites have hookups. There is little or no cell-phone coverage at the site itself.
5.  How do I apply for volunteer work at the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge?
Please put together a small description of the kind of work you'd like to do and if you have related volunteer or work experience, tell us what it is. Let us know if you have a motorhome or camping trailer also.  We usually ask our volunteers to spend a minimum of 3 months with us. The weather and roads generally limits participation between May and October. Send a letter to the refuge manager with your request.