Become an NWF Volunteer
Become a volunteer for National Wildlife Federation and work to protect wildlife for our children's future >>
NWF provides a host of different opportunities to volunteer with NWF and assist us in our mission. Our volunteers help us in the community, state and at the national level to succeed in our three objectives; provide solutions to Global Warming, protect and restore wildlife habitat and to connect people especially kids with nature.
How to Become a Volunteer
- Complete this online registration form.
- Select your type of volunteering opportunity (what do you want to do).
- Schedule an interview with NWF volunteer coordinator.
- Complete the training course for that opportunity.
Current Ways You Can Volunteer
1. Habitat Volunteers - three different types of opportunities to work with your community member to learn about how to create, install and maintain wildlife-friendly backyards, schools and much more.
- Hosts serve as trainer for other volunteer opportunities in their community. Hosts need to be able to commitment at least 6 weeks to training and volunteer at least 6 hours a week.
- Stewards are hand-on skill volunteers who are trained to assist community members with projects such as creating a wildlife garden. Stewards opportunities are more physically demanding.
- Ambassadors talk with community members and share information about how they can engage in programs or make a difference in their community. Ambassadors are on the ground spokespersons for NWF. Ambassadors need to be outgoing and like people.
2. Advocate for Wildlife - participate as volunteer in your community to advocate for changes in laws or other policies. Visit NWF's Action Center to learn more >>
3. Special Events Volunteers staff a table or help with a one-time event. Events are seasonal mainly in the Fall, Spring and Early Summer. Event volunteers give time to a specific event and are more generalist – helping in many different ways. Volunteers give time more hours over a short time frame – such as a few months or even days vs. a year. Volunteers need to be commitment to the duration of the event.
4. Behind-the-Scene Volunteers work with NWF staff members to help with office projects ranging from research to data entry. Volunteers can work either in an NWF office or virtual (from home). Volunteers need to be able to give at least 4 hours a week for a year.
5. Special Situation Volunteers are on-call volunteers that can help with a variety of activities depending on their skills. Situation volunteers will be activate as needed and may have an intense volunteer experience for a shorter term.
6. Corporate Employee Volunteers are employees that can volunteer under their employer. See Corporate volunteer opportunities for further details.
7. Be Out There Volunteers work with parents and kids to get back outside and enjoy the outdoors.
Volunteers with NWF require different amount of training and number of hours. If you have a few hours a week to only one day every few months, we have opportunities for you.
Benefits of Volunteering
- Contribute to community and national change
- 30% discount through NWF Catalog
- Invitation to exclusive events and openings
- "Insider" communication and news about national issues
- Special discounts and invitations from NWF corporate partners
And much more...
NOTE: NWF volunteers do not directly handle wildlife. If you are looking to learn how to rescue or handle wildlife, please contact your local Zoo, Nature Center, ASPA, Wildlife Rescue or Rehabilitation center.
Sign up to join the National Wildlife Federation team today >>