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 of urban and coastal communities 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.

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.


James River National Wildlife Refuge offers a wide array of volunteer opportunities. Our volunteers have provided assistance in special events coordination and staffing, maintenance of buildings, trails, and signs, construction projects, invasive species invasive species
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treatment, administration, and habitat management. Volunteer are given the option to work as their availability allows. Groups or individuals can help out regularly throughout the year or come out for pre-scheduled volunteer “work days”. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Wildlife Refuge Specialist Cyrus Brame (804-829-9020 or cyrus_brame@fws.gov).

Our Partners

Nature does not recognize human-made boundaries. In order to conserve our natural and cultural resources effectively, we must work with others to bridge these boundaries. Partnerships foster creative solutions to challenging situations and often the results are greater than the sum of the parts. Learn more about our local partners below:

Two organizations are serving the role of friends as cooperative associations. These organizations help to support programs and fulfill the mission the refuge:

Richmond Audubon Society (RAS) - Through the Audubon Refuge Keeper (ARK) program, the RAS “adopted” Presquile NWR with the specific purpose to support and improve the wildlife refuge for birds and other wildlife and their habitat. With James River NWR, only 8 river miles from Presquile, RAS is involved in projects at both refuges.

James River Association - A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in 2007 to improve environmental programming primarily at Presquile NWR, but also applies the James River NWR. The MOU allows resources to be shared between the two organizations.

Education Programs

Open the door to a potentially life-changing experience. If you land a student internship, a fellowship or a volunteer opportunity at a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
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, fish hatchery or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service site, you’re bound to come away with new insights and excitement about conservation!