Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge is located in the rolling hills and narrow valley of the North Fork of the Solomon River in north-central Kansas. On the ancestral homelands of the Pawnee (Pâri), the Refuge lies in an area where the tall-grass prairies of the east meet the short-grass plains of the west. As a result, a mixture of wildlife, grasses, and wildflowers found from both prairie habitats are found on the Refuge.
Job Opportunity: Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge is Hiring a Maintenance Worker

Would you enjoy the challenge of working in the critical migratory bird corridor of the Central Flyway? Consider living and recreating in north central Kansas while helping provide conservation programs as the Wage Grade Professional (WG-4749-08) at Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge! Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance with agency policy.

Duties: Duties include, but are not limited to: preparing, planning and implementing all aspects of refuge facilities, fleet and heavy equipment maintenance and operations; coordinating refuge maintenance activities with other Service programs, local, State, and Federal agencies; participating in or leading the development and planning of various Refuge habitat maintenance projects; leading the safety and recycling programs.

Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge is a part of the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District Complex. The Complex includes a Wetland Management District in Nebraska and Kirwin NWR in Kansas. Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge consists of 10,778 acres including Kirwin Reservoir and is located near the town of Kirwin. The Refuge manages a network of wetland and prairie plant ecosystems providing a native grassland mosaic that  provides critical migratory bird habitat and gives the local community a sense of pride and connection to the Great Plains landscape. Land management by the Refuge mimics natural processes and supports a variety of wildlife-dependent educational and recreational opportunities. The Refuge is located 15 minutes from Phillipsburg (pop 2,500) and is home to world class sport fishing and hunting opportunities.

To apply refer to the following USAJOBS website links:

Announcement numbers: MR-22-11486656-TD-DE at, and MR-22-11486658-TD-MP at The last day to submit an application is May 31, 2022.

Contact Project Leader, Brad Krohn at (308) 263-3000x102 for more information.

Visit Us

Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to see prairie wildlife and wildflowers. Early morning or just before sunset are the best times to observe wildlife. Enjoy walking, hiking, fishing, hunting, bicycling, and/or driving the Refuge. 

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Along the seam, where the tall and short grasses of the rolling prairie embrace and dance in the Kansas wind, two valleys join and beckon abundant wildlife and visitors alike. Visitors to the refuge will find themselves charmed by the melody of the meadowlark, captivated by the expansive vistas from limestone outcrops, and delighted by the bountiful resources of its land and waters. Wildlife-dependent recreation amid the solitude of the Refuge, provide present and future generations with an experience to remember for a lifetime.

      What We Do

      The purpose of the Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge is the conservation, maintenance, and management of wildlife resources and habitat with an emphasis on migratory birds.

      Our Species

      The Refuge provides food, shelter, and nesting areas for migratory grassland and tree-dwelling birds, waterfowl, shorebirds, and cranes.  These include sandhill and the endangered whooping cranes, Canada geese, northern pintail, American wigeon, mallards, greater prairie chickens, western meadowlarks, great blue herons, and many more.  Many mammals like the black-tailed prairie dog and white-tailed deer can also be seen on Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge.