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Volunteer Opportunities

Complementary Work Force Program

Mission Forward, Mission Minded

If you answer "yes" to the following questions, you are ready to become part of the volunteer team at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries!

  • Do you love the outdoors?
  • Do you want to give back to Virginia's wildlife and fisheries resources?
  • Do you enjoy new challenges and want to share your interests with others?
  • Do you want to make a difference?

Help our conservation police officers, biologists, and other professional staff at VDGIF, fulfill our mission to manage the Commonwealth's wildlife and inland fish resources, promote safety, and provide opportunities for all to enjoy wildlife, fish, boating and related outdoor recreation.

We now have opportunities for the public to join us as volunteers in our new Complementary Work Force Program. If you are interested in devoting your time and talents, you can apply here, or contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information and an application.

Estella Randolph, VDGIF Volunteer Administrator
VDGIF Complementary Work Force Program
P.O. 11104
Richmond, VA 23230
For further information, contact Estella Randolph at (804) 367-4331 or by email at estella.randolph@dgif.virginia.gov

Hunter Education Volunteer Instructors

Hunter Education volunteers are committed to training the next generation to be safe, knowledgable and ethical participants in an enduring Virginia tradition. Many have had enjoyable hunting experiences and now say that they want to "give something back." If this describes you, please get in touch with us. Learn more »

Habitat Partners© Program

Volunteers are needed for VDGIF's Habitat Partners© program. Habitat Partners© provides outreach education to the public about how to improve habitat for wildlife. We target teachers, youth leaders, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, corporate interests and homeowners/landowners. Training opportunities are being made available for volunteers who would like to assist with Schoolyard Habitat, Habitat at Home©, and Corporate Habitat Partners workshops or presentations. For more information, please contact Carol Heiser by email or call (804) 367-6989.

Virginia Master Naturalist Program

The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. Interested Virginians become Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service. The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months. One starts by completing a 40-hour basic training course offered by a local chapter of the program. An additional 8 hours of advanced training is also required. An important part of the certification process is the required 40 hours of volunteer service annually. All service projects must be approved by the chapter, meet the mission of the program, and be of public benefit rather than personal gain. Volunteer opportunities range from education-related outreach to data collection and citizen-science projects to more labor-intensive stewardship efforts. Those interested in becoming a Master Naturalist, can check the program web site: virginiamasternaturalist.org for more information and click on the "Chapters" link for the location of existing chapters. Questions may be addressed to Michelle Prysby, Program Coordinator at: masternaturalist@vt.edu or by phone at (434) 872-4580.

Boating Safety Education Volunteer Instructors

Boating Safety Education volunteers are committed to training Virginia boaters to be safe and knowledgeable on Virginia's waters. Many are well seasoned boaters and want to "give something back." If this describes you, please get in touch with the Regional Boating Safety Education Coordinator to obtain an application and information on upcoming instructor training opportunities.