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Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Resident Volunteers

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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge hosts Resident Volunteers year round . Resident Volunteers staff our Visitor Center and Gift Shop, assist with light maintenance duties, and also are given the opportunity to train for and assist in presenting educational programs to the public. Visitor center duties include: answering phones, greet and direct visitors, retail gift shop sales, selling hunt permits in winter and answering questions about the refuge. Light maintenance may consist of mowing / trimming and assisting with trails/boardwalk maintenance, picking up trash etc. Volunteers interested in presenting educational programs, in addition to these duties, will be trained by the on-site Volunteer and Program Coordinator.

RV sites: Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge has four RV pads, two are located by beautiful Lake Phelps, in a wooded, farmland area; great for fishing and paddling. This RV site is about 20 miles from Columbia NC, where our visitor center and refuge headquarters are located. This RV site has water, sewage and electric hook ups, (30 and 50 amps) as well as laundry facilities. The refuge is the home of black bears, raptors, and in winter, thousands of migrating birds. A government vehicle is provided for work related travel.

Another RV site location is in the town of Columbia NC at the Red Wolf Health and Education Center located just 2 miles from the visitor center and refuge headquarters. This location also has two RV pads. This RV site has water, sewage and electric hook ups, (30 and 50 amps) but there is no laundry facility on site. A couple must commit to 24 hours of service per week. A single person must commit to 32 hours of service per week. A three month minimum commitment is preferred, but a shorter time is negotiable and we will accept longer if available and the need exists.

Start Date - 2022-08-01

End Date - 2022-10-31

Activities include: Conservation Education;Fish/Wildlife;General Assistance;Trail/Campground Maintenance;Visitor Information;Weed/Invasive Species Control

Difficulty_Level: Average

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About U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS Visitor Services, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041, US

Mission Statement

Working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats. We are the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is the conservation and management of these important natural resources for the American public.

The agency includes both the National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Fish Hatchery System.

The Service's origins date back to 1871 when Congress established the U.S. Fish Commission to study the decrease in the nation’s food fishes and recommend ways to reverse that decline. (More on our history below.) Today, we are a diverse and largely decentralized organization, employing about 8,000 dedicated professionals working out of facilities across the country.


Children & Youth
Sports & Recreation
Children & Youth, Environment, Sports & Recreation


We'll work with your schedule.


100 Conservation WayManteo, NC 27954



  • Environmental Education
  • Administrative Support
  • Interpreter
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Water Recreation


  • Kids
  • People 55+



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