Interior depends heavily upon volunteer workers to help us accomplish our mission. Volunteers serve as campground hosts, clear trails, help with seasonal bird surveys, collect new information for maps, and assist with many other day-to-day activities. In 2000, the number of our volunteer workers surpassed 200,000; almost three times the number of employees in our paid workforce. The high quality work they perform results in significant savings to the American people and allows us to offer more programs and services. For example, in 2001, volunteers for BLM, NPS, and FWS provided combined total service valued at about $98 million.

Additional Information about volunteerism:

Take Pride in America - A national partnership to improve our parks, refuges, and public lands. – Search for natural resource volunteer opportunities – The President's Call to Service