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"I really enjoy being outdoors. I love meeting visitors on the trail and helping them explore and understand the Refuge. I've become passionate about bird watching and what better place is there to do just that! Not even the rain can keep me away as there is always something new to experience." — Debbie, Volunteer Trail Rover

Become a Refuge Volunteer

Help bring a community dream to full fruition. While the needs change throughout the year, one thing we can say with certainty is that as a refuge volunteer you will enjoy and learn about nature, meet new people, have a positive impact on your community, learn new skills, and have fun!

Ready to join in? We've made it pretty easy:

  1. Check out the opportunities in our Event Calendar.
  2. Call or e-mail the refuge if you would like more information. (503) 625-5944 or tualatinriver@fws.gov
  3. Download a Volunteer Application (Fillable PDF)
  4. Complete the application. Please be specific as to what positions you are interested in based on the descriptions in the Volunteer Application. (Not all opportunities on the application are available at the refuge.)
  5. Return the application via e-mail, fax, postal mail, or in-person. We'll get back in touch with you as soon as possible to:

Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
19255 SW Pacific Highway
Sherwood, OR 97140
Phone: (503) 625-5944
Fax: (503) 625-5947
E-mail: tualatinriver@fws.gov

Special Recognition

In addition to the sense of community and personal fulfillment that comes from helping to protect and restore our shared natural resources, there are a couple of ways the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services likes to say thank you for your tremendous generosity:

America the Beautiful Pass

Volunteers who contribute at least 250 hours of time may be eligible for an America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass. This pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Contact the refuge for more details.

Photo of a chalkboard reading We Heart VolunteersVolunteer Recognition Events

With the help of The Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, we hold annual recognition events for our refuge volunteers. Typically taking the form of a BBQ or picnic, these gatherings are a great time to relive some of the year's great volunteer accomplishments and gather with friends, old and new, around our shared love of the refuge.