Ways to Get Involved

Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. National wildlife refuges provide many opportunities for you to help your community and fish and wildlife by doing what you love. National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors, and residents to make a lasting difference. Find out how you can help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying.

Volunteers: Gain new experiences and meet new people while helping to advance wildlife conservation.

Friends: Join neighbors in helping refuges restore habitat and expand access to green space.

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Landowners: Learn how you can partner with the Fish and Wildlife Service to voluntarily restore land.

Local Groups: Find out how communities can work with refuges better for wildlife and people.

Youth: Explore paid and unpaid opportunities to learn and develop leadership skills.


Student Conservation Association – Invasive Plant Internships – Interns will assist Refuge staff with treatment, monitoring, and mapping of invasive plants.  This involves spraying herbicides, mechanically removing, and hand pulling invasive plants. The use of ArcGIS programs and apps will be used for monitoring and mapping of invasive plants and infestation.

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Youth Conservation Corps – Young adults from ages 15 to 18 working on a crew for 8-10 weeks performing various field tasks such as trail maintenance, fence removal/repair/building, biological surveys, and many other duties.