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"Good habits formed at youth make all the difference." 


YCC (Youth Conservation Corps)

Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge is offering summer employment through the Youth Conservation Corps!

Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for young men and women ages 15-18 who work, learn, and earn together by doing projects on public lands.  The purpose of the YCC program is to:

1.)  Accomplish needed conservation work on public lands.  

2.)  Provide gainful employment for 15-18 year old males and females from all social, economic, ethnic, and racial classifications.

3.)  Develop an understanding and appreciation of the Nation's natural environment and heritage.

Projects may include trail building, improving wildlife habitat, boundary sign posting, invasive plant control, bird banding, simple construction, visitor services, office work, and general maintenance activities.  

The YCC program will be from May 29-July 23, 2016.  For more information about the YCC program at Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, please contact Brian Roberts, (731)772-0501.

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Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge has a variety of opportunities for volunteers!  Hatchie NWR currently does not have camper hook-ups on the refuge; however, the refuge is looking for local and/or non-resident volunteers to assist in day-to-day tasks.  


Typical Groundskeeper/handyman Duties:




Maintaining wood duck boxes

Cleaning maintenance equipment

Painting, etc.


To apply, please print the Volunteer Application and fill out.  Send your application, along with three work references, to 6772 Hwy 76 South, Stanton, TN 38069.
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Friends Group

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. 

The Friends of West Tennessee National Wildlife Refuges assists in promoting a better understanding and appreciation of the natural environment of West Tennessee and, in particular, Reelfoot, Lake Isom, Chickasaw, Hatchie and Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuges, as well as Sunk Lake Public Use Natural Area.  The Friends Group supports the purposes for which the refuges have been established, their mission statements, and the goals and objectives of each refuge.  The Friends Group produces interpretive and educational materials to increase the understanding of the local West Tennessee environments.  The Group acquires materials, supplies, and/or labor, as well as provides education materials, seminars and financial assistance for students, educators, and others in the general public interested in the natural environment.  

Membership is open to any individual or entity who is approving of the goals of the corportation and who is willing to assist the corporation in its activities.

If you are interested in obtaining more information about the Friends of West Tennessee Refuges or in joining the Friends group, please contact 731-538-2481.

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Pathways Program

If you are a high school or college student, or a recent graduate, who is interested in working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, you need to check out the Pathways Program.