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Become a Volunteer

The National Wildlife Federation provides a host of different opportunities to volunteer 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 climate change, protect and restore wildlife habitat, and to connect people—especially kids—with nature.

How to Become a Volunteer

  1. Complete this online registration form.
  2. Select your type of volunteering opportunity (what do you want to do).
  3. Schedule an interview with a National Wildlife Federation volunteer coordinator.
  4. 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 six weeks to training and volunteer at least six 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 the National Wildlife Federation. 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 the National Wildlife Federation'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 more hours over a short time frame—such as a few months or even days as opposed to a year. Volunteers need to be committed to the duration of the event.

4. Special Situation Volunteers—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.

5. Corporate Employee Volunteers—employees that can volunteer under their employer. See Corporate Volunteer opportunities for further details.

Volunteers with the National Wildlife Federation 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 National Wildlife Federation Catalog
  • Invitation to exclusive events and openings
  • "Insider" communication and news about national issues
  • Special discounts and invitations from National Wildlife Federation corporate partners
  • And much more!

NOTE: National Wildlife Federation 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, animal shelter, or wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.


Sign up to join the National Wildlife Federation's volunteer team today.


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