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.
Operation Game Thief is a program which allows people to call in and report suspected wildlife crime. Callers may choose to remain anonymous if they desire. With a new enhancement of the NDOW Tip app, citizens can submit anonymous tips to the Nevada Department of Wildlife game wardens.