Whether you have a few hours once in a while or a few hours on a regular weekly or monthly basis, the Friends’ and the Refuge would welcome your help!  Volunteering can be fun, satisfying, and a great way to meet new friends with similar interests, while also working to protect the special environment of the Parker River NWR. Here are some suggestions - if you have other skills you’d like to offer, please tell us about them.


Help the Friends with:


  • Write articles for local news media and content for the Friends’ website and Facebook page
  • Participate in community events such as farmers’ markets and festivals
  • Coordinate events including lecture series, roving naturalist opportunities, and historical walking tours
  • Help build partnerships with local groups and organizations
  • Generate interest in refuge volunteer tasks such as plover wardens, invasive species control, and beach clean-ups
  • Assist with the recruitment of new members



  • Identify grant funding sources and write applications
  • Support the Hellcat Trail Boardwalk Plank Fundraiser team by assisting with photographing planks and transporting them to/from the engraver
  • Create additional fundraising opportunities


Help the Refuge with:

Habitat Projects

  • Remove invasive plant species that threaten the native plants of the Parker River NWR
  • Participate in beach clean-ups
  • Perform general landscape and infrastructure maintenance for trails and boardwalks


Visitor Services

  • Greet and orient visitors at the Parker River NWR Visitor Center
  • Lead guided tours via bike, kayak or van
  • Help to monitor and maintain boardwalks, trails, parking lots and roadsides
  • Staff annual events such as Let’s Go Outside and Eagle Festival
  • Assist refuge staff on existing environmental programs or create new ones
  • Be a Plover Warden


If you are interested, please contact friends@parkerriver.org.  Information and training will be provided!