Get Involved

River through wetlands



The refuge supports and encourages an active volunteer program. Depending on their skills, interests, and available time, volunteers can assist with the biological, outreach, maintenance, public use, educational or administrative tasks on the refuge. If you have the time and the willingness to make a commitment, we'd love to talk to you about your interests in volunteering on the refuge. Please call the refuge headquarters at 814-789-3585.

Attached are duties associated with these positions:

We have two concrete slabs available for RVs with full hook-ups. There are also laundry and shower facilities. In order to qualify for the RV spots, individuals must sign an agreement to perform a certain number of volunteer hours per week on the refuge. Couples are asked to volunteer at least 24 hours per week each, in exchange for use of the site. Single persons are asked to volunteer at least 32 hours per week.   


The refuge will be offering 3 summer internships for 2015.  They are in the fields of Visitor Services, Wildlife and Habitat Management, and Maintenance. If you are interested in applying, they will be advertised and hired through the Student Conservation Association. Positions should be announced in February and will remain open until filled.  

Friends Group

Friends of Erie National Wildlife Refuge was organized in 2006 as a non-profit group to support the refuge and refuge programs. This diverse group of citizens is interested in supporting the refuge through volunteerism, fund-raising, outreach and advocacy. Members pay annual dues to the organization and are welcome to attend monthly meetings and participate in a variety of educational, as well as refuge management activities Call or write to the Friends in care of the Refuge headquarters for more information, or visit the Friends website