Are you looking for a wild volunteer opportunity? Volunteering for the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division is your chance to give back to wildlife in a ton of ways.

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Lee County Future Farmers of America group built Wood Duck boxes for Georgia DNR Wildlife Management Areas.

 

Why volunteer for WRD?

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Volunteer helps stock trout in North Georgia.

Volunteers give the most valuable gift to conservation in Georgia: time. As a volunteer, you’ll get hands-on experience with some of Georgia’s wild residents in the coolest habitats the state has to offer. WRD volunteers also have the chance to earn incentive prizes. For every 50 hours of volunteer service, volunteers will have the choice of a drum cooler, portable battery charger, or camping seat!

 

Most importantly, you’ll help provide valuable funding to support Georgia DNR’s conservation mission. Volunteer hours have an equivalent dollar value. States must cover a percentage of project costs in order receive Federal funding for the rest. This is known as “matching.” The dollar value of volunteer hours can be used to match Federal funds, bringing in money for conservation on top of the value of the volunteer work itself.

 

What opportunities are there?

  • Working with wildlife like bats, turtles, songbirds, shorebirds and amphibians
  • Teaching the next generation about stewardship, ethics and safety
  • Maintaining access to Georgia’s wild places
  • Helping with activities at outdoor events, like face painting, fishing stations and archery

 

Who can volunteer?

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Volunteers helped remove over 1,000 pounds of trash from the Toccoa River.

Anyone! We welcome volunteers of all ages. WRD’s volunteer coordinator Michael Sellers can pair you with the perfect opportunity for your interest and ability. Reach out to him at Michael.sellers@dnr.ga.gov or by calling 770-761-3030.

 

 

How to Sign-up:

1. Visit https://www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com/ and click “Go To Site” under “Events and Hunter/Boater Classes & Volunteer.”

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2. Login into your Go Outdoors account or click “Enroll Now” to create a new account.

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3. Hover your cursor over “Events/Volunteering” and select “My Events/Volunteering.”

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4. Select “Apply To Volunteer.”

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5. Fill out the Volunteer Application. Then, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Create Volunteer Application” to submit.

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For more information about volunteering for the Wildlife Resources Division, visit: https://georgiawildlife.com/about/volunteer.