Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

Ways to Get Involved

National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and residents of urban and rural communities to make a lasting difference. Join Grays Harbor Refuge staff to help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while gaining new skills and rewarding experiences. We have a wide range of opportunities from habitat management to biological monitoring to visitor services and you are likely to have skills that we can learn from. Get involved and join the team!


Discover for yourself what tens of thousands of volunteers have learned: Volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is fun and rewarding in many ways. Master new skills. Meet new friends. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow. Check out our Refuge's volunteer opportunities: 

Environmental Education

Beginning in the fall and lasting throughout the school year, the Grays Harbor NWR Shorebird Education Program provides in-classroom lessons to 3rd and 4th grade students in Grays Harbor County. Volunteers are needed to assist with in-classroom lessons, shorebird poster drawing lessons, and field trips to Grays Harbor Refuge in April and May. It is rewarding to witness students' discoveries in nature, especially on the trail where they make the connections with classroom learning.

Resource Management

Qualified volunteers assist Refuge Biologists with shorebird surveys, invasive plant species mapping, and habitat restoration.

Facilities Maintenance

Volunteers assist Refuge staff and the Washington Conservation Corps. crew in general tasks including: sign installation; boardwalk repairs; clearing and cutting along the Sandpiper Trail; blowing and sanding the Trail; and other routine maintenance projects.