Ways to Get Involved

There are a variety of ways to get involved at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers, summer interns and the friends group all greatly contribute to the refuge. For more information about current and future opportunities to help out at the refuge, call our office at (207) 454-7161, or email us at fw5rw_mhnwr@fws.gov.


No special skills are needed. Job training is provided, if necessary. There is no age limit, though volunteers under 18 need written parental approval. Organized group participation is welcome. Anyone under 16 may want to volunteer as part of a supervised group, such as a Scout troop or a 4H Club. Volunteers are welcome regardless of race, religion, age, gender, nationality, or disability. U.S. citizenship is not required.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks, including:

  • Conducting wildlife population surveys and research;
  • Leading tours and providing information and interpretation to the visiting public;
  • Helping with special projects, such as bird banding;
  • Assisting in habitat modification projects;
  • Performing clerical and administrative duties;
  • Working with computers and other technical equipment;
  • Photographing a variety of natural resources.

The amount of time you volunteer is up to you. You may work full-time, a few hours per week or month, or during a particular season

Our Partners

The Friends of Moosehorn is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 2003 to support and promote Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Downeast Maine.

The Friends group is an independent, non-profit organization committed to the programs and activities of Moosehorn NWR to accomplish its goals and objectives for the enhancement of wildlife populations and their habitats.

The Friends group was organized to establish partnerships, receive grants, and develop community support and volunteer participation to allow the refuge to provide additional educational, interpretative, and recreational opportunities, and still conduct its essential primary wildlife management objectives.

For additional information contact: Friends of Moosehorn Refuge, 103 Headquarters Road, Baring, ME 04694, or www.moosehornfriends.org

Education Programs

During the summer months, several full-time (40 hours/week) paid and volunteer positions may be available.

Public Use Assistant 

Greet the public and answer visitor questions, lead interpretive and educational programs, assist in planning and staffing special events. Opportunity to develop programs and education materials, if desired.

Biological Aide 

Conduct wildlife observations and species counts, bird banding, and habitat monitoring; collect water and soil samples; assist with habitat maintenance and improvement projects.

Firefighter Intern 

Assist refuge staff with controlled burns, fire suppression, and maintenance of fire equipment.

For more information, call the refuge office at (207) 454-7161 or email us at fw5rw_mhnwr@fws.gov.