Get Involved

NDOW volunteers are vital to supporting our mission. We invite and welcome you to help us conserve the outdoors for generations to come.

Wildlife
Volunteer

Wildlife volunteers are involved in projects such as fish sampling, hunter education, nesting surveys, angler education, water development (guzzlers) and more. Become a wildlife volunteer today!

Wildlife Volunteer – FAQs

What is the Wildlife Volunteer program?

The Nevada Department of Wildlife volunteer program is administered by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Conservation Education division. Volunteers work with regular full-time Department staff including wildlife biologists, wildlife staff specialists, conservation educators and many others.

Who can become a member of the Wildlife Volunteer program?

Anyone who is 18 years of age or older and who is willing to devote a minimum number of hours per year of volunteer time to the various programs can become a volunteer. Members must be able to provide their own transportation to volunteer projects and events.

What type of help is needed, and where may I volunteer my help?

There are a wide variety of projects and events wildlife volunteers can help with including but not limited to fish stocking, fish sampling, nesting surveys, check station assistance, angler education, hunter education, interpretation, data entry, guzzler builds, seed collection, and office assistance.

Volunteers are usually asked to report to a particular site to help with a volunteer project or event. Some projects and events occur in the field if this is the case you may be asked to report to a field site. Volunteers are needed throughout the state, therefore volunteers may find a great variety of jobs outside their home county.

When are volunteers needed?

Volunteers are needed throughout the year for a variety of projects. The greatest number of opportunities for volunteers takes place on weekdays, usually during regular working hours. However, the department also provides opportunities outside of regular working hours and on weekends. We do our best to provide volunteer opportunities to everyone.

To remain active in the program, volunteers are asked to volunteer once a year and submit the required reports to help us track volunteer hours. While serving as volunteers you are considered as representatives of the Department of Wildlife and are expected to conduct themselves in the same manner as NDOW staff.

How do I become a Volunteer?

Registration is all done online here.

Outdoor Education Instructor

Outdoor Education instructors are involved in archery and hunter education, fishing clinics, fly tying classes, other forms of angler education, and Trout in the Classroom.

VOLUNTEER GAME WARDEN

Volunteer game wardens help NDOW’s Law Enforcement Division with compliance patrols, ramp checks, wildlife check stations, OUI checkpoints and much more. Anyone interested must be at least 21 years of age and have a current Nevada Category 1 POST Certificate, Reserve POST Certificate, or had Nevada P.O.S.T. Certification within the last five years. If you do not have POST certification, you can still volunteer to help out with our Operation Game Thief program.