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."


Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge offers only limited volunteer opportunities, which occur largely off-site. Volunteers can provide assistance with off-site special events coordination, staffing booths at outreach events, conducting environmental education at schools, and interpreting the resources of the refuge to a variety of organizations. Volunteers are given the option to work as their availability allows. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Wildlife Refuge Specialist Cyrus Brame (804-829-9020 or cyrus_brame@fws.gov).


Plum Tree Island National Wildlife Refuge carries out outreach events to educate the public on conservation as a part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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 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.