Get Involved


Working with others is the only way we can get the job done at Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Read below to find out how YOU can help conserve, protect and share this special place with others.  We have a variety of jobs inside and outdoors, with schedules to accommodate personal needs and project goals. Read below to find out how YOU can help to make a difference! 


From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's vast natural resources.


Nearly 50,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.  Become a volunteer to contribute your strength on behalf of Americas' natural resources. 

To become a volunteer at Stillwater NWRC, please fill out the official Volunteer Service Application form and include with a current resume. Be sure to  provide current contact information, skills, experience and list of certifications or completed training relevant to the type of work you'd like to perform. Please state in a cover letter the type of work that interests you at Stillwater NWRC, a proposed timeline, and include 3 references with valid contact information, who know you personally or professionally. 

Please mail to: 

Stillwater NWRC

Attn: Volunteer Manager

1020 New River Parkway, #305 

Fallon NV  89406 

Or email as an attachment to:     

Please put Attention Volunteer Manager in the subject line.

Current job or project listings will be posted on this page as they become available. Refuge volunteers should be at least 16yrs old and have their own transportation.  Some projects may be suitable for groups or families with younger children as long as a parent or guardian signs the Volunteer Service Agreement release form.

Work areas that we may have volunteer projects for include:

Wildlife and Habitat


Cultural Resources

Environmental Education and Outreach



Housing for Volunteers 

Accommodations may be available in the refuge bunkhouse for long term (30 days or more) volunteers not living in the local area. To be eligible, volunteers must commit to at least 40 hours per week of service. Contact the refuge for details or to make arrangements. 



More than 200 nonprofit Friends organizations support the USFWS at national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries throughout the country. They may work with a single refuge, a refuge complex, a national fish hatchery or an entire state.  Friends members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.

Friends group volunteers have different roles and duties than a FWS volunteer, and there are areas and programs where some activities may not be allowed or approved for volunteers of one group but permitted for volunteers with the other (conducting sales at visitor center bookstores, fundraising, grant writing and money management are examples of duties Friends volunteers may perform but not FWS volunteers). Please make sure you clarify the duties and projects before making a commitment to either group, in order for you and the group to benefit from your volunteer service.

NOTE: Stillwater NWRC has an active partnership agreement with a refuge-based Friends group called Friends of Stillwater in Fallon, NV. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that assists the refuge with habitat and wildlife projects, community outreach, environmental education programs, special events, fundraising, and advocacy.  For more information visit their website (external link).