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.
Every year nearly 100 volunteers give their time to help the refuge and our visitors. The work varies from maintenance, to research, assisting with programs or running the visitor center. We could not possibly provide all that we do without their help.
Trailer pads with hook-ups may be available for volunteers interested in working 20 to 40 hours weekly. Trainings and social events are held throughout the year to keep our volunteers informed about refuge happenings and in communication with each other.
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. Learn new skills, meet new friends and enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow.
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.
Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 1997 to support conservation in the Lake Erie marshes by increasing the awareness and capability of Ohio's onlycomplex. Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge works to support Ohio's only national wildlife refuge complex through fundraising and volunteerism so that we can be the change that our wildlife and community deserve.
Refuge staff lead a variety of programs both at the refuge and at your location. Contact the refuge if you are interested in someone presenting to your group.
Open the door to a potentially life-changing experience. If you land a student internship, a fellowship or a volunteer opportunity at a, fish hatchery or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service site, you’re bound to come away with new insights and excitement about conservation.