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Volunteers at Swan Lake Refuge

More than 42,000 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.

Work Campers

The refuge has two volunteer work camper sites. Each site has electrical, water, and sewer hookups. Work campers have access to a laundry facility with extra storage and freezer space available. Work campers generally volunteer at the refuge from March through November. The primary purpose of the work camper program is to keep the visitor center open during evening and weekend hours. Work campers also help with refuge events such as First Fridays. If interested, work campers may also help with other activities on the refuge such as maintenance, wildlife surveys, etc.

Work camper applications are taken on a continuous basis. If you are interested in becoming a work camper at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, you can email us or call us at (660) 856-3323 or

Individual Volunteers

Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge is very dependent upon volunteers to accomplish our mission. Volunteers are very important to the National Wildlife Refuge System, and provide thousands of hours of support to meet refuge goals and objectives. Volunteers provide labor to accomplish tasks on refuges that would not otherwise be completed, due to limited staffing. Refuge volunteers can learn more about refuge management and help to build connections with the local communities. If you would like to volunteer at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, you can email us or call us at (660) 856-3323 or