Workamper Opportunities

with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


Volunteer – and Make a Difference!


Volunteers are welcome at many locations in the National Wildlife Refuge System, Fisheries, Ecological Services, and other Fish and Wildlife Service offices. Some work fulltime, some a few hours per week or month, or during a particular season or special event.


At some areas, housing or RV pads may be available for use in return for a set amount of volunteer hours. Generally, no special skills are needed to be a volunteer. Any on -the-job training will be provided if needed. Your individual talents and skills will be appreciated and put to good use!


Volunteers perform a wide variety of interesting tasks: conducting fish and wildlife population surveys, leading tours and providing information and interpretation to the visiting public, assisting in laboratory research, taking part in special projects, such as bird banding, assisting in habitat modification projects, such as developing freshwater impoundments, performing clerical and administrative duties, working with computers and other technical equipment, and photographing a variety of natural and cultural resources.

Workampers are in demand for many of these positions because they can bring their housing with them. Hundreds of openings particularly suited to Workampers are listed each year in Workamper News.

Here's an example of opportunities currently available:

HISTORY BUFFS/BIRDERS/WILDLIFE ENTHUSIASTS needed for volunteer work on National Wildlife Refuge. Duties include staffing 1880's era historic ranch, greeting/orienting visitors, small projects at ranch, and assisting with special events. Dates: August 10- October 31st. Free full RV hook-ups/housing laundry, phone, and more. Contact Carla Burnside, Malheur NWR 541-493-2612, Burns, Oregon.