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Volunteer - Duck Banding Group
  • 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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  • Give Wing to Your Wild Side

    Volunteer Fire Break Work

    Ready for a few months in one of the best kept secret hideaways?  This is the most remote refuge in the lower 48 states, but also one of the most breathtaking.  It is located in northeast Nevada, in the cold, high elevation of the Great Basin.  Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a wetland oasis in Nevada’s high desert.

    The Refuge is seeking one or more hard-working, highly-motivated volunteers during the spring and summer 2018.  We really appreciate the help volunteers that are able to give.  The refuge is at an elevation of 6,000 feet at the base of the Ruby Mountains, which rise to over 11,000 feet to the west.  It is 60 miles to the nearest town.  We prefer a minimum three-month commitment with May, June, July, August, and September the best months from which to choose.  Volunteers need not serve during the entire time-span.  An RV-pad on gravel with full hook-ups (water, electric and sewer) or housing will be provided in exchange for 30 hours of work per week.  Volunteers may be tasked with waterfowl banding and/or conduct light maintenance around the refuge.  


    There is plenty of spare time to explore, rest, and play. Ruby Lake NWR holds the Nevada state record for the largest rainbow trout, caught in 2011 (weighing in at 16 lb, 8 oz and measuring 30.5 inches in length) and Tiger Trout also caught in 2011 (weighing in at 15 lb, 9 oz and measuring 28 inches in length). Black Bass can be caught in the South Marsh and ponds during the summer.  

     

    If you prefer wildlife viewing, the refuge and adjacent lands provide nesting habitat to over 220 species of birds with an emphasis on waterfowl, as well as 64 species of mammals, 15 reptiles, and 2 amphibian species. Ruby Lake NWR is 39,926 acres with 22,926 acres of meadows, grasslands, alkali playa, and shrub-steppe uplands. There are 17,000 acres of marsh.  

     

    If you would like to volunteer for waterfowl banding or light maintenance, please send a letter of interest or inquires for further information to rubylake@fws.gov or call (775) 779-2237.

  • Duck Banding

    Volunteer - Duck Banding

    Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is seeking volunteer(s) for the waterfowl banding program during spring and summer 2018. 

     

    The refuge is seeking one or more volunteers during the period between May and August to help with waterfowl banding. 

     

    Work will involve setting up swim-in bait traps; baiting and moving traps; capturing, identifying and banding waterfowl; recording data; working from boats; working in waders; and walking across varied landscapes. 

     

    Volunteers need not serve during the entire time span and housing and equipment will be provided. 

     

    Applicants should have good waterfowl identification skills. 

     

    Ruby Lake NWR is located in northeast Nevada and is the most remote refuge in the lower 48 states. 

     

    It sits at an elevation of 6,000 feet at the base of the Ruby Mountains that rise to over 11,000 feet to the west in a stunningly beautiful setting. 

     

    Summer temperatures are mild and recreational opportunities abound including, fishing, boating, hiking, rock climbing, and camping. 

     

    Please send a letter of interest or inquires for further information to rubylake@fws.gov or call (775) 779-2237.

  • Experience Wildlife

    Volunteer -General Help (Boat Dock Repair)

    Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is an oasis at the base of the Ruby Mountains, with year-round water and hundreds of species of birds. It is a haven for hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife photography, and fishing. It is remote, quiet, and beautiful with mild summer temperatures. As a volunteer, you can be part of a small, friendly staff helping the refuge thrive for wildlife and generations to enjoy today and in the future. It is hard work, but past volunteers have found it to be very rewarding.  

    The refuge seeks a general maintenance volunteer(s) who will assist with upkeep of refuge facilities and equipment during the spring and summer 2018. Volunteers need not serve during the entire time span. Ideal candidates should have experience operating power tools and general construction. Volunteers will be relied upon to help with maintaining trails, weed control, wildlife surveys, light carpentry, painting, and general upkeep of public use facilities which includes cleaning restrooms. We are looking for dedicated, outgoing people with an eye for spotting what can be improved and a willingness to help us get it done. The refuge attempts to emphasize each volunteer’s special skills and interests; therefore, specifics such as duration of stay and tasks performed are negotiable.

    Due to our remote location, RV or motor-home utility hook-ups on a gravel pad for electricity, water, and sewage are available. We can also offer limited lodging to potential volunteers who do not have RV’s. Both require a commitment of 30 hours per week of volunteer work per resident.  There is no cellular service or wifi at the lodging sites, however limited signals can be reached while out on the refuge. Exact start and end dates are negotiable.

    Ruby Lake NWR is located about 60 miles from Elko, Nevada where there are casinos and movie theaters, museums, and special events from which to choose.  

    Volunteers directly affect the quality and success of refuge operations; and the public’s understanding and image of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. If you are interested, please send a letter of interest or inquires for further information to rubylake@fws.govor call (775) 779-2237.