Residential Volunteer Opportunities

Residential Volunteers
Recycling Center for Seney NWR a Residential Volunteer Project

Each year the Seney National Wildlife Refuge searches for one to three residential volunteers. These volunteers are invited to lodge on the refuge, free of charge, in their camper or recreational vehicle for a few weeks or a few months. In turn, the volunteers are required to work 20 to 40 hours per week for the duration of their stay. 

Purpose: The residential volunteers wear many hats while working at the refuge over the summer. Volunteers are expected to work 20 to 40 hours each week in exchange for a place to stay. The refuge has several camping pads with full hook-ups to accommodate the volunteer's needs.
Location: Seney National Wildlife Refuge.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers sort and deliver recyclables to appropriate collection points.
  • Work one or two shifts at the Visitor Center Front Desk per week.
  • Assist with maintenance.
  • Helps with other areas as assigned according to personal skills and interests.

Reports to: Refuge staff.
Time Commitment: 20 to 40 hours per week.

  • If a refuge vehicle is used, you must take an online Defensive Driving Training course either prior to your arrival or once you are at the refuge - free of charge. 
  • Basic knowledge of nature and the environment. 
  • A pleasant manner, ability to get along with many different personalities, patience, problem-solving ability, and dependability. 
  • General maintenance knowledge is needed. 
  • Specific training may be needed to operate certain machines. 
  • An annual computer security class and computer clearance are needed to access government computers.

Support: An orientation to the refuge and training will be provided as needed.
Age Requirement: To drive a refuge vehicle you must be at least 18 years old.
Dress Code: Volunteer shirts will be provided.


If you would like to apply for a summer volunteer position please send your application and a resume to the Volunteer Coordinator or mail it to Seney National Wildlife Refuge, ATTN: Volunteer Coordinator, 1674 Refuge Entrance Road, Seney, MI 49883.


Facts About Residential Volunteer Opportunities

Camp at Seney National Wildlife Refuge free of charge.
Duration: Typically a few months.
When: Normally over the summer months.
Volunteer: To earn their camping space, Recreational Volunteers are required to donate 20 to 40 hours per week.