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  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteer with lawn mower

    Due to our remote location and harsh winters, the volunteer program at Ruby Lake NWR typically seeks to recruit one or more residential volunteers that serve during the period April – September.  Because housing is not available, most of our volunteers are retired, full time RV enthusiasts that are seeking an enjoyable, productive experience.  Spectacular recreational opportunities and a mild summer climate attract prospective volunteers from around the country, especially those looking to escape the heat and humidity of southern and eastern locales.

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  • Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

    Checking the cattle fence

    Ruby Lake NWR hosts a residential YCC Crew for eight weeks each summer.  The YCC is a balanced work/learn/earn program for youth that develops an understanding and appreciation of the Nation's environment and heritage.  Some of the Refuge work projects include trail maintenance, fence removal or repair, invasive weed management, litter pickup, and wildlife habitat enhancement.  The environmental education portion of the program will expose participants to plants and wildlife of the Great Basin ecoregion, as well as careers in wildlife biology and natural resource management.

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  • Christmas Bird Count

    Swans on the Frozen Lake (2)

    Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, Inc., the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was started more than a century ago and relies on volunteers.  This survey provides data on population trends that are compiled and made available to anyone interested in birds.  If you are interested in participating in this year's CBC, please contact the Refuge office at 775-779-2237 for the date, location, and other specific details.