Get Involved--Volunteer and Internships!

Volunteers 2012

What do volunteers do at Sacramento NWRC?

The Complex welcomes volunteers in a variety of areas and on all refuges. Individual volunteers must be at least 16 years old (with parental permission). See below for the volunteer application. All volunteers will be interviewed and screened to find the right fit for refuge and the volunteer. Field work opportunities for small groups/organizations are available. See a list of potential group projects.

Entry Level Positions 

The Sacramento NWRC has a variety of seasonal paid positions. See flyer (pdf) about some of annual positions hired on the refuge.

 2020-2021 Volunteer Opportunities (limited due to pandemic)

  • **Visitor Services Assistant - Intern with the visitor services program and assist visitors, lead environmental education programs, and more. Work 40 hours per week from mid-September - end of March. Read the position description (pdf). **Please apply between May 1 - August 1. 
  • Team Native Plants - Help plant, maintain native plants around the visitor center, trails, etc. Occurs between February - September.  
  • Team Monarch - Help monitor milkweed and monarch eggs, caterpillars, and adults, test of O.e. and tag adults. May - September. **Postponed for 2020.
  •  RV Residential Visitor Services (position description, pdf) - Assist the visitor services staff in providing opportunities for visitors to visit and understand the mission/goals of the Complex and USFWS. A wide range of activities including interacting with visitors, presenting programs, roving the auto tours, working the visitor center and more!! October - March. **Applications accepted March-July for following winter.
  • Hunt Program Assistant - Intern with our hunt program that receives over 20,000 hunters per year. Work approximately 3 days per week. Read the position description (pdf). **Applications accepted March-June/July. No funding for 2020/2021.
  • Turkey Hunt Program Assistant - Volunteer for the Complex and work for National Wild Turkey Federation. Assistant is responsible for maintaining hunt area and staff the check station during spring turkey season. Work 4-5 days per week from March - May. Read the position description (pdf). **Applications accepted December-January. 
  • Grounds/Maintenance Assistant - Maintain the grounds and facilities around the visitor center, trails, kiosks, and platforms on the Complex. Work 3-4 days a week late February - early June. Read the position description (pdf). Please apply between August - November. 
  •  Local Groups - Have a group and want to volunteer? Learn about some of the possibilities (pdf). 


The Complex sometimes has space in the bunkhouse or RV pads (must work at least 3-4 months depending on the position). Limited housing available fall/winter 2020-21. Available for internships and winter residential volunteers. RV pads have water, electric, and propane. We do not have sewage but do pay to get the trailer dumped once per week. Bunkhouse has laundry, a double kitchen, wireless internet, and restrooms available for all residences.

Other Opportunities to Volunteer include:

  • Rove the auto tour routes, platforms, and trails on several refuges
  • Greet visitors and provide information
  • Lead a tour on our trails or auto route
  • Take part in education programs and special events
  • Operate the visitor center and bookstore
  • Assist with office duties
  • Maintain trails and plant trees
  • Assist with bird banding, plant studies, and airboat surveys
  • Assist with the hunting program and youth hunting events
  • Assist with habitat management by mowing and discing
  • Assist maintenance staff in painting, grounds keeping, etc
  • Assist with servicing automotive equipment
  • What unique interests, skills, and talents do you have to offer?

Live in the Local Area?

  • Contact the Refuge to see what you can help do!
  • Assist with the visitor center, weekend programs, auto tour, trails, special events, field maintenance, or more!
  • Flexible schedule and can vary by your interest, skills, and talents.

Benefits Of Volunteering Include:

  • Orientation and training by refuge staff
  • Flexible schedule
  • Educating people of all ages
  • Knowing that you are valuable to the management of our Nation's fish and wildlife resources
  • Being part of a great team and having lots of fun!
Help protect wetlands and wildlife on your refuges!

How to Apply:

To apply to become a volunteer, please fill out the following: the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex's application (pdf). Contact the volunteer coordinator for more information at (530) 934-2801 or