Get Involved


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

Volunteer Opportunities

Each year more than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas 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 or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities at Ten Thousand Islands and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuges! Volunteers contribute hundreds of hours each year to help meet the refuges' missions through monitoring bird populations, taking photos, guiding visitor groups, helping in the office, and repairing equipment and facilities. No special skills are needed to be a refuge volunteer. If you have a desire to help, we need you. We hope you'll join us! The best way to find out about current volunteer opportunities is to contact the refuge office.


Whether you want to give a few hours now or hope to participate in weekly or monthly activities, the refuge has projects for individuals and groups. Explore the list below for ways to get involved:


Monitoring: Environmental conditions and wildlife are monitored on an on-going basis. Everything from birds to amphibians, habitat, and invasive species are monitored at the refuge. Some existing knowledge is helpful to complete these tasks. Training may be available.

Facilities Maintenance: Buildings, signs, and trails take effort to maintain. Adopt a trail, help inventory and maintain refuge signs, keep our headquarters grounds looking great, or donate your carpentry skills.

Habitat Maintenance: Help keep refuge lands looking pristine and inviting to visitors. Go on litter patrol or search for and pull invasive plants. Several restoration projects need on-going plant removal.

Administrative Support: There is plenty to do in the office, too! Help with data entry, organization, scanning historic documents, etc.

Conservation Events and Activities: On occasion the refuge seeks volunteers to participate in conservation activities such as tree planting, weed-pulling, trash pick-ups, or distributing "living with wildlife" information to nearby neighbors. Contact the refuge to be added to our email list of upcoming activities notifications.

Education and Outreach: Sharing the stories of wildlife and conservation is an important part of ensuring a future full of land stewards and refuge support. There are many ways to contribute, from behind the scenes or in the spotlight...

Behind the scenes: Use your photography and videography skills to photo document refuge wildlife and activities, or contribute images or video to the refuge website or Facebook page. Like to write? Prepare interest stories for the web, newsletter, or press.

In the spotlight: Receive training to be a volunteer instructor with refuge environmental education programs or public events. Use your knowledge and talents to plan, host or co-host a walk, talk or activity about South Florida wildlife and habitats.


    Are you excited by something on the list? Do you have unique talents? Are you looking to volunteer during a specific time frame? We will make an assessment of how to match your desires to assist with what it takes to safely and effectively fill our needs. Please call the refuge office to complete a volunteer application and we'll get to working together to continue conserving Southwest Florida!   

    Contact Us To Volunteer At Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge!
    Phone: 239-657-8001
    Mail: 12085 State Road 29S Immokalee FL 34142