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."


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. Check out our station's latest volunteer opportunities on volunteer.gov

Volunteer Opportunities

Dates:We are looking for volunteers that are available for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 6 months beginning April 2024. Start and end dates are flexible. Both individuals and couples are welcome to apply. Volunteers arriving as individuals can expect to work 30 hours per week while...

Education Programs

Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge offers environmental education programs for a variety of audiences.  The refuge provides unique and exciting outdoor environments – excellent locations for hands-on learning activities.  Numerous youth and adult groups visit every year to learn about a specific topic on wildlife, habitat, or ecological processes.

​​​​​​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 Fish and Wildlife Service site, you’re bound to come away with new insights and excitement about conservation.


The refuge offers internships in our biology program through the American Conservation Experience (ACE) program. For more information on opportunities through ACE, visit https://www.usaconservation.org/