Ways to Get Involved



Swanquarter NWR is administered by Mattamuskeet NWR.  Volunteers at Mattamuskeet NWR also work at Swanquarter NWR assisting with general grounds and facilities maintenance during the work week and on weekends throughout the year. In addition, they assist with the visitor center and on the grounds at Mattamuskeet NWR. Thousands of people visit the refuges every year, especially on weekends, to fish, crab, and view wildlife. 

Resident Volunteers (RVs) live in their own recreational vehicle on pads provided by Mattamuskeet NWR. Water, electric, sewage hook-up and laundry facilities are provided in exchange for volunteer service.  A couple must commit to 24 hours of service per week. A single person must commit to 32 hours of service per week. 

If you have a talent or skill, and some time and energy to spare, come by the office or call us.   

For more information, contact mattamuskeet@fws.gov or call (252) 926-4021.



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.

Learn more about national wildlife refuge
, fish hatchery or other Fish and Wildlife Service site, you’re bound to come away with new insights and excitement about conservation.

Mattamuskeet NWR interns may also work at Swanquarter NWR several seasons of the year for assorted refuge work.  For more information and directions on how to apply, visit the Mattamuskeet NWR "Get Involved" page

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.  

The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.  Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner.  Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.