Volunteering at the Edwin B. Forsythe is a rewarding activity that helps the Refuge fulfill its mission of conserving, protecting and enhancing America’s fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats.  Volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks. Some work full time, some just a few hours a week or month or during a particular season or special event. Some typical volunteer opportunities include the following:


                Photo Credit: Dave Blood

Volunteers Come in all Ages!          ·        Weekly bird counts


          ·        Office activities


          ·        Refuge maintenance


          ·        Assisting and/or leading Refuge nature activities


          ·        Staffing the new Visitor Contact Station


          ·        Bird banding and Horseshoe Crab tagging


          ·        The list is endless!


Generally, no special skills are required to be a volunteer. On-the-job training is provided if needed. Individual talents and skills are matched with volunteer interests and work opportunities. Individuals interested in volunteering at the Refuge should contact the Refuge’s Volunteer Coordinator, Sandy Perchetti. For more information on volunteering and opportunities, visit: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/forsythe/volunteer.html


Call Sandy at 609-652-1665 ext. 19.  Or, email Sandy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


She may also be reached at the following mailing address:


Sandy Perchetti

Volunteer Coordinator

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

P. O. Box 72

Oceanville, NJ 08231


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