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 local nonprofit organizations, 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. More than 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center, or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.  Become a volunteer or Refuge Friend to contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources. 


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. 

At Pahranagat NWR volunteers assist refuge staff by greeting visitors at the contact station, perform custodial duties, maintenance, and clerical work. Several volunteers from the local community have also conducted projects such as raising at risk species and taking part in biological surveys. To learn more about volunteering at Pahranagat NWR contact the refuge at 775-725-3417.  

Another way to get involved is to join the Friends of Desert Refuges.  They are a private organization dedicated to the support of the support of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through advocacy, stewardship and outreach. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers needed for the following 3 or 4 month commitment: September - October OR September - November 2024Come spend the spring at a waterfowl oasis in Southern Nevada! Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge has an immediate need for a residential volunteer couple or single to serve as a Refuge...

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. More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges, whether they work with a single refuge, a refuge complex, or an entire state.  Friends’ members are crucial to conserving and protecting our nation’s wildlife and teaching millions of Americans that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow. Learn more about our local partners. 


Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge offers a number of ways for visitors to get involved from self-guided interpretative signs and exhibits to guided walks and other special community outreach events. Some guided hikes focus on the wildlife found here at Pahranagat while others focus on the history of the valley. Visitors can even join refuge staff at night for a night hike or astronomy lessons. Community events such as Carp Rodeo which takes place every April is another great way to get involved. Check out the schedule online or our Facebook page for upcoming guided walks and other special events. Groups of seven or more may schedule a program with refuge naturalists by contacting the Visitor Services Specialist. Programs can last between 20-90 minutes, depending on the group's needs and the naturalists' availability. 

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, Fish Hatchery, or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service site, you’re bound to come away with new insights and excitement about conservation. To learn more about youth opportunities at Pahranagat NWR contact the Visitor Services Specialist at 775-725-3417 ext. 101.