Ways to Get Involved
National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and local community members to make a lasting difference. Getting involved at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is a great opportunity to learn new skills and help to conserve our public lands. With a variety of opportunities in a wide range of programs, anything from visitor services to habitat management, there is a place for everyone to get involved.
Volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a great way to engage in conservation work, and get involved in the community. With volunteer opportunities in nearly every aspect of the refuge, from our biology program to visitor services, there are a multitude of ways to gain new skills and meet new people.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Visitor Center Volunteer
Our Visitor Center serves as a gathering place and launching point for visitors, groups, and refuge programs; since this building is entirely staffed by volunteers, they are often the first faces people see when they arrive at the refuge. Volunteers help orient visitors to the refuge, and help educate about our mission to conserve and protect habitat for wildlife.
Volunteer Trail Rover
Trail Rover volunteers provide a link between the refuge and the community by welcoming visitors and providing general environmental interpretation. This is a great opportunity to learn (or continue learning) about the natural world, and share that enthusiasm and interest with the public.
Second Saturday Work Parties
Help with conservation and restoration efforts by participating in regularly scheduled work parties. Projects typically include invasive plant management, native plantings, or trash removal. This is a great way to participate in environmental stewardship, meet others in the community who enjoy the outdoors, and get behind-the-scenes looks at the refuge.
How to Apply
Work with our local partners throughout the community allow us to further our mission to “to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.” Partnerships help us to work within our community, and to be a community asset of conservation. Learn more about our local partners below.
The refuge works closely with our Friends group, the Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The mission of the Friends is "to promote the conservation and welfare of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Complex for all dependent species and to enrich the lives of citizens through education and experience." The Friends support the refuge in almost all aspects of conservation, including biological, educational, and outreach work.