Volunteer with the Friends of Blackwater

Join our team and help us protect Blackwater NWR!

If you like meeting people and helping others, then Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) needs YOU! Volunteering at the Refuge can be fun, satisfying, and an exciting way of meeting new friends with similar interests. No matter what activity you want to help with, information and training will be provided.

We especially need volunteers who can help with staffing the information desk at the Blackwater NWR Visitor Center, the Friends of Blackwater Eagle's Nest Book and Gift Shop, our new research library, and environmental education programs for students. The main requisite to being a volunteer at the information desk and gift shop is to enjoy meeting and talking with people, and knowing how to smile! Volunteers have fun assisting people from all over the world while learning firsthand about Blackwater Refuge's numerous and fascinating wildlife species. If you are interested in wildlife, like people, and enjoy educating others about the Refuge and Dorchester County, this is the job for you!

Other types of activities the Refuge needs help with include:

  • leading bird and nature walks
  • giving guided bus tours and Visitor Center tours
  • performing general maintenance activities and trail maintenance
  • assisting with invasive species mapping and biological surveys
  • planting trees and marsh grass as well as maintaining the butterfly garden
  • staffing table top exhibits at off-site events
  • picking up litter
  • staffing annual events and festivals

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Michele Whitbeck, Refuge Volunteer Coordinator, at 410-221-8157, or email michele_whitbeck@fws.gov to find out more about the positions and volunteer training.