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 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.


We welcome volunteers interested in helping us with work on the district. Volunteer opportunities range from indoor tasks, like clerical assistance, environmental education and building maintenance, to outdoor jobs including biological surveys, field maintenance projects, invasive weed control and habitat management work.

Volunteer schedules are flexible, and the time commitment varies from hours to days to weeks. Volunteers come from many age groups and skill levels. Most volunteer work is based out of the district headquarters near Morris, but if you live near one of the district waterfowl production areas, there are probably volunteer projects available on that parcel of ground, too. Contact the district office at 320-589-1001 to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

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. 

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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service site, you’re bound to come away with new insights and excitement about conservation.