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 communities to make a lasting difference. Learn more about available opportunities below!


If you are interested in volunteering at the refuge, please send an email to parkerriver@fws.gov for more information.

Parker River Gatehouse (Year-round, flexible dates)

Be at the heart of it all! Assist with greeting visitors, check and sell passes, and share information about the refuge. Training provided, no experience needed!

Shorebird Beach Ambassador (August- October, flexible dates)

Everyone loves the pristine beaches at Parker River, and so do the shorebirds that migrate from the Arctic to South America every fall. Help these birds get ready for the next leg of their long-distance journey by educating beach goers about the importance of Walking Around the Flock. Training and hands-on materials provided.

Artists and Graphic Designers (Year-found, flexible dates)

Do you like using your art to connect people with nature?  Artists and graphic designers are needed to collaborate with staff on designing impactful signs, messages, social media content, and provide nature art programs to help visitors appreciate the Refuge.