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 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.


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.

Volunteers make a significant contribution to conservation at Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers help with biological field work, noxious weed removal, habitat restoration, maintenance projects, trail upkeep, visitor services, and many other special projects. Please contact the refuge to find out what opportunities are currently available or browse other opportunities for volunteering with federal land partners.

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. We regularly receive and give support to other federal, state, tribal, and local agencies to meet common goals.


The Friends of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge is an all volunteer, non-profit organization. Its mission is to support the refuge in its efforts to protect, manage and conserve wildlife through education and conservation. The Friends connects our community with the refuge through interpretive programs. The Friends also fosters an appreciation for Boundary County’s abundant natural resources.

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
A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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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.

If funding allows, a Youth Conservation Corps, internships, or other programs may be available to assist refuge staff with conservation projects.