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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. 

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

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  • Experience Wildlife

    Volunteer -General Help (Boat Dock Repair)

    Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge 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.  

    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 or call (775) 779-2237.

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