storytelling lots of girlsWhether your interests lie in cultural education, public speaking, hiking, tour guiding, biology and conservation, visitor services, or habitat restoration, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge has something for you.

Our volunteer positions descriptions provide information in volunteer opportunities and orientations.

We are now accepting a new class of volunteers for our Education, Plankhouse, Visitor Services, and Habitat programs.

Screen Shot 2015-01-09 at 1.41.11 PMFor more information about volunteering please contact the Refuge Volunteer Coordinator Josie Finley at or (360) 887-4106. Thank you for your interest!

Current volunteers, please view the Volunteer Calendar for open opportunities.


Current Volunteer Opportunities:


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Volunteers’ Voices:

“What I enjoy most about working at the Plankhouse are all the wonderful people I meet. The visitors from the Vancouver and Portland area are great to talk to and are very interested in learning about the history of the Chinooks and their culture. I have also met many people from the rest of the U.S., even Europe, and Japan.”

– Terry Sasser

“I enjoy the fact that the majority of our visitors are engaged in the history and very excited to learn about the project, the visitors make it very rewarding and worth the effort. In addition the history of Cathlapotle is amazing and I find the ability to discuss this with visitors is truly a blessing. Finally the people I work along side with are great.”

– Paul Rea

“The Cathlapotle house is a very good place to volunteer and give back to the community. During your afternoon shift you have the pleasure to share your interpretive knowledge of how the Chinookan people were living their life and hearing the visitors share their own interpretative history of the area.”

– Jac Arnal