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Whether it is building, banding, surveying, or reaching out to the public - there are many opportunities to volunteer at a wildlife refuge.

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.  

More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex 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.  

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 America's natural resources.

Volunteers at Waubay can be involved in many different types of projects, depending on their interests. Past volunteers have assisted with waterfowl surveys, butterfly surveys, working with Youth Conservation Corp workers, banding pelicans, and invasive species control. Volunteers can also assist with gardening, office duties, leading bird walks, landscape maintenance, or any other pet project or interest the volunteer or group may have. If you are interested in volunteering at Waubay or any other Refuge please visit the Volunteers page or contact the Refuge directly.