We're looking for energetic stewards of all ages to help us make our future projects a success.


Whether you are a student looking for experience or community service, retired and looking to find a way to use your skills to help wildlife or educate students, or working full time and need a way to decompress after a long week, we have something for you!  Let us know how you want to get involved by filling out our Volunteer Interested form here.


Habitat & Trail Maintenance: We currently have two ways to get involved on a monthly basis out at Steigerwald Lake NWR.  Every Monday morning from 9am to 12pm volunteers meet at the Refuge to maintain the trail and facilities, work in the nursery, and complete restoration projects.  These regular volunteers also have extra opportunities to volunteer at the other Gorge Refuges as a thank you for all the hard work they put in keeping the trail in tip top shape for visitors to enjoy.  If you are unable to join us during the week, come on out to one of our 3rd Saturday Work Parties from 9am-12pm each month.  These events require no special skills, all you need to do is dress for the weather and bring your enthusiasm for wildlife and the outdoors!  Work typically includes removing invasive plants, maintaining planting sites, and planting native plants. We provide gloves, tools, and most importantly, snacks!


Outreach & Interpretation: Help us spread the word of conservation to the local community and educate visitors about the Refuge.  Volunteers set up information tables at the trailhead as well as off-site events.  Encourage others to be stewards of the Refuge and thier local environment.  No Experience necessary and training is provided.


Trail Stewards: Visitors are eager to ask questions and tell their stories while at the Refuge. Share your enthusiasm for nature with visitors by providing friendly customer service and knowledge about the Refuge while walking the Art Trail.  Training is required for this important role as the face of the Refuge!


Also inquire about helping with other projects to include:

Purple Martin band reading and locating nests

Developing our Nursery to grow native plants to be planted on all three Refuges

Invasive plant surveys


If you are interested in helping us fulfill our mission, fill out our Volunteer Interested form here.  If you have questions about any of the above opportunities, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jared Strawderman, at jared_strawderman@fws.gov or 360-835-8767.


All volunteers must fill out a Volunteer Service Agreement once a year to volunteer at any Refuge within the complex.  It can be downloaded here or filled out at your first day volunteering.

 

2017 Volunteer Webinars

These webinars will update you on current happenings, remind you of what is unique about each local refuge in our management unit, and show you what you need to know to have a fun and safe volunteer experience. Required viewing for all volunteers


Getting to Know Your Local Refuges: presented by Deputy Project Leader Eric Anderson

First Peoples of the Lower Columbia: presented by the previous Cathlapotle Plankhouse Director Sarah Hill

Benefits of Being a Volunteer (2016 version): presented by Park Ranger Josie Finley

Making Volunteering Safe and Fun: presented by Park Ranger Josie Finley 

*Note: The webinar audio gets static about minute 6.  You can fast forward to 9min 30sec to pick it back up.

We're looking for energetic stewards of all ages to help us make our future projects a success.


Whether you are a student looking for experience or community service, retired and looking to find a way to use your skills to help wildlife or educate students, or working full time and need a way to decompress after a long week, we have something for you! Let us know how you want to get involved by filling out our Volunteer Interested form here.


Habitat & Trail Maintenance: We currently have two ways to get involved on a monthly basis out at Steigerwald Lake NWR.  Every Monday morning from 9am to 12pm volunteers meet at the Refuge to maintain the trail and facilities, work in the nursery, and complete restoration projects.  These regular volunteers also have extra opportunities to volunteer at the other Gorge Refuges as a thank you for all the hard work they put in keeping the trail in tip top shape for visitors to enjoy.  If you are unable to join us during the week, come on out to one of our 3rd Saturday Work Parties from 9am-12pm each month.  These events require no special skills, all you need to do is dress for the weather and bring your enthusiasm for wildlife and the outdoors!  Work typically includes removing invasive plants, maintaining planting sites, and planting native plants. We provide gloves, tools, and most importantly, snacks!


Outreach & Interpretation: Help us spread the word of conservation to the local community and educate visitors about the Refuge.  Volunteers set up information tables at the trailhead as well as off-site events.  Encourage others to be stewards of the Refuge and thier local environment.  No Experience necessary and training is provided.


Trail Stewards: Visitors are eager to ask questions and tell their stories while at the Refuge. Share your enthusiasm for nature with visitors by providing friendly customer service and knowledge about the Refuge while walking the Art Trail.  Training is required for this important role as the face of the Refuge!


Also inquire about helping with other projects to include:

Purple Martin band reading and locating nests

Developing our Nursery to grow native plants to be planted on all three Refuges

Invasive plant surveys


If you are interested in helping us fulfill our mission, fill out our Volunteer Interested form here.  If you have questions about any of the above opportunities, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jared Strawderman, at jared_strawderman@fws.gov or 360-835-8767.


All volunteers must fill out a Volunteer Service Agreement once a year to volunteer at any Refuge within the complex.  It can be downloaded here or filled out at your first day volunteering.