There are always a myriad of jobs - big and small - that need doing. These include assisting with filing and mailing, pulling invasive plants, bird counts, greeting visitors, assisting at events, developing and giving interpretive programs, internships, and independent study projects.
Volunteer job descriptions:
Headquarters, Pondicherry, Fort River, Salmon River, and Blueberry Swamp Divisions
Nulhegan Basin and Putney Mountain
Also see: http://volunteers.fws.gov/
Video: Students from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst share their volunteer experience!
Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
The Friends of the Conte Refuge is a coalition of organizations cooperating to provide support for the refuge. For more information, contact Patrick Comins: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center
The Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center is a non-profit group whose mission is to: support and enhance the Great Falls Discovery Center and the Connecticut River Watershed; to educate the public about the unique features of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Connecticut River Greenway State Park; and to foster public use and enjoyment of the Center, the Park, and the Refuge. Their website is www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org.
Friends of Pondicherry
The Pondicherry Division is fortunate to have the support of a strong and dedicated friends group. Members visit the Refuge nearly every day of the year interacting with visitors, identifying maintenance needs, monitoring wildlife, conducting educational workshops, etc. If you are interested in participating or would like more information please contact the Refuge Manager at 413.548.8002 x113, or David Govatski: email@example.com.
Friends of the Nulhegan
The Friends of the Nulhegan serves as an advocate and supporter of the Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Visit their website to learn more: www.friendsofthenulhegan.com.
Friends of the Fort River
The Friends of the Fort River Refuge is a newly formed Friends group that serves as an advocate and supporter of the Fort River Division and partner with the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. The Friends assist with the maintenance of a 1.1 mile universally accessible birding and nature trail on the property, help with invasive species control, monitor and enhance barn swallow nesting on the property, host special activities, and help with a variety of other shared priority activities. If you would like more information about this friends group, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Salmon River
The Friends of Salmon River is comprised of a group of people with strong ties to the division and Haddam Neck. Members have actively worked with Refuge staff on public road maintenance, invasive plant control, and interacting with visitors and neighbors. If you would like more information about this friends group, please contact the Refuge Manager at 413.548.8002 x113 or Dean_Rhine@fws.gov.
Follow Us Online
The Watershed on Wheels (WoW Express) is the mobile visitor center for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. In addition to attending local fairs and festivals throughout the Connecticut River watershed, the WoW Express has a free environmental education program tied to state and national science standards for 3rd-5th grades that focuses on watersheds, rivers, adaptations, and habitats.