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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.

Alaska is the perfect place to put your passions to work. Refuges across the state rely on volunteers to: collect data with field biologists, provide information to visitors, teach children about nature, assist with carpentry projects, serve as field camp hosts, provide outreach to communities, and much more!


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. Interested in becoming a volunteer? Visit to get started, or contact the Refuge to learn more about our volunteer programs; and be sure to check out our Field Notes to find out what amazing projects volunteers are involved in across the state.


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.Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges serves all sixteen Alaska refuges, providing opportunities for volunteering, advocacy, and getting involved in the National Wildlife Refuge system. 

Are you interested in applying for jobs with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service? Search  USA Jobs to see what is currently available.

For more information about student career opportunities in Alaska, visit the Region 7 website.