Get Involved

Get Involved

Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of our natural resources!


Volunteers are crucial to conserving and protecting our wildlife and teaching our communities that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.  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.  Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of our natural resources.  Some of the areas or programs you can help are:

- Visitor Center 

- Environmental Education/Interpretation 

- Administration/Telephone Reception 

- Maintenance 

- Biology Program

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Sandra Ortiz (Park Ranger – Visitor Services Specialist) @ 787-741-2138 or sandra_ortiz@fws.gov. 


Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer employment program for young men and women who work, earn, and learn together doing outdoor conservation projects. The working projects may include building and improving trails, boardwalks or other facilities, removing invasive plants, and contributing to wildlife management programs. Enrollees also participate in educational activities, field trips, and greeting visitors at the Visitor Center. This is an 8 week program which runs from May to July every year. No prior work experience is required. Applicants must be fifteen to eighteen years of age, be citizens or legal residents of the United States, and enjoy the outdoors. Compensation: $7.25 per hour. Working hours: Monday – Friday from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm. Applications are available every April at the refuge administrative office.

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Adopt a Beach Program 

The Adopt-A-Beach program fosters feelings of pride and ownership as volunteers begin to care for "their" beach. Volunteer groups from Vieques or the rest of Puerto Rico agree to clean a beach on the Refuge at least four times over one year.  This program provides an opportunity for the community to be part of the solution of marine pollution. Nonprofit organizations, community groups and schools, among others, adopt beaches.  If you want to adopt a beach, please contact Sandra Ortiz (Park Ranger – Visitor Services Specialist) @ 787-741-2138 or sandra_ortiz@fws.gov, for information and application process. 

Adopt a Beach Program