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. Check out ways that you can become involved below, and contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources.

Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association 

Interested citizens formed this local independent association to provide additional services to the refuge and the ever-growing number of visitors. Members take pride in the refuge and believe all citizens should share in the responsibilities of caring for their public lands. 

Wheeler Intern Program

The refuge intern program is designed to provide valuable work experience for college students or recent graduates and to provide work assistance for the refuge.

Youth Conservation Corps

 An 8-week, 40 hours per week, summer employment program for local high school students ages 15-18.

Volunteering - RV Volunteer Program

Wheeler offers several opportunities for RV volunteers to staff the Visitor Center and provide information to visitors, to help with general maintenance, and other needs. The RV site includes water, electric, and sewer service, as well as access to washer/dryer. RV volunteers from all over the country and all walks of life visit and volunteer. Volunteers get to experience some of the most rewarding wildlife work in the country.  To view and apply for current volunteer positions, please visit click here and search "Wheeler NWR".

Volunteering - Local Volunteers/Groups

A wide array of volunteer activities are available for local individuals and groups.  Individual volunteers should be age 18 or older, although there may be opportunities for organized groups of youth.  If you interested in volunteering at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, please inquire about current opportunities by calling 256-350-6639 or emailing us at