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Become a Volunteer!

Volunteers play a vital role in helping the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) fulfill its mission of conserving, protecting, and enhancing America’s fish, wildlife and plants; along with the habitats on which they depend. As an FWS volunteer you can help with almost any aspect of the conservation effort, from biological assistant to an administrative assistant. Volunteers at National Wildlife Refuges perform a number of tasks that benefit the wildlife the refuges protect. Whether you are interested in learning more about conservation; enjoy working outdoors; are interested in natural resources; or simply want to donate your spare time to a worthy cause, being an FWS Volunteer is the project is for you. 

What our volunteers do?

Here is a list of some of the roles or projects volunteers have worked on. Take a look and decide what might interest you. 


  • Biological assistant 
  • Administrative assistant 
  • Sea turtle monitoring 
  • Habitat reforestation and restoration 
  • Exotic species eradication 
  • GIS (projects involving Geographic Information Systems) 
  • Photography 
  • Mist-netting and bird monitoring 
  • Interpretative guide 
  • Construction 
  • Landscaping and grounds maintenance 
  • Trail maintenance 
  • Greenhouse and tree nursery assistant 


Don't see one you like? Have an idea? Just let us know!

In general, you don’t need specialized skills or experience to apply for a volunteer position; a willingness to learn the tasks is all that is needed. Volunteer interests and abilities are adapted to projects as they go.  

Find Out About Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer opportunities with the FWS can be found at This interagency website will show you a list of volunteer opportunities across the nation. Prospective volunteers can also use this site to apply for positions by clicking the application link at the bottom of each volunteer position description. If you are unable to find a volunteer opportunity that interests you or a specific location where you would like to volunteer; contact us directly at to see what other opportunities may be available.