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 communities to make a lasting difference. Find out how you can help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying.


Discover for yourself what tens of thousands of volunteers have learned: Volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is fun and rewarding in many ways. Master new skills. Meet new friends. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow.

Local Volunteering Opportunities

If you are local to Northeastern Massachusetts and are interested in volunteering at the refuge, please send an email to jean_adams@fws.gov for more information.

Parker River Gatehouse (Flexible dates)

Be at the heart of it all! Assist with greeting visitors, check and sell passes, and share information about the refuge. Training provided, no experience needed!

Shorebird Beach Ambassador (August- October, flexible dates)

Everyone loves the pristine beaches at Parker River, and so do the shorebirds that migrate from the Arctic to South America every fall. Help these birds get ready for the next leg of their long-distance journey by educating beach goers about the importance of Walking Around the Flock. Training and hands-on materials provided.

Artists and Graphic Designers (Flexible, year-round)

Do you like using your art to connect people with nature?  Artists and graphic designers are needed to collaborate with staff on designing impactful signs, messages, social media content, and provide nature art programs to help visitors appreciate the Refuge. 

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. In southern Nevada, there are millions of acres of public lands to explore, and we invite you to join us there.


At Parker River NWR, we strive to offer opportunities for visitors to engage with refuge staff and participate in public programming. 

You can also find the refuge on Facebook, where many events, videos, and the latest information is shared. 

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.