• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

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  • Pet Restrictions in Effect March 15 through Labor Day

    Dogs/other pets (except for service animals) are not allowed in the wilderness or on any of Fire Island's federally owned oceanfront beaches from March 15 through Labor Day to help protect threatened and endangered beach-nesting shorebirds. More »

  • Backcountry Camping Permit and Access Procedures

    Reservations for required permits must be obtained through www.recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Watch Hill or points west, and involve a 1½ to 8 mile hike. More »

  • Attention Watch Hill Ferry Passengers

    Due to channel conditions, delay or cancellation of ferry service between Patchogue and Watch Hill may occur. For updated ferry schedule information, please call 631-475-1665.


Volunteers assist park ranger on beach clean-up at Fire Island Wilderness.
Assisting with a beach clean-up or staffing a visitor center, opportunities to support park staff and improve park resources are a part of the Volunteer-In-Parks or VIP program.

Volunteer With Us

Please see a current list of volunteer opportunities below. There may be times when special events come up and volunteers are given the opportunity to assist in fairs, outreach programs, or beach clean-ups.

For more information on becoming a volunteer at Fire Island National Seashore please call 631-687-4780 or e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator.


Current Volunteer Opportunities


A Special Opportunity: Watch Hill Campground Host

The Watch Hill campground host provides information and orientation services for campers at the camping sites, as well as provide a contact for visitors needing assistance when staff may not be available. The campgrounds can be very buggy and very hot due to being in the swale area. Hosts must provide their own camping gear and a site will be provide for them. Positions are filled.

Girl Scout Ranger patch.

Volunteer: Resource Stewardship Girl Scout Ranger Program

Girl Scouts can earn a certificate and/or patch to recognize their leadership development and resource stewardship activities by participating in this program.

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Scout Ranger patch

National Park Service/Boy Scouts of America
Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Program

The Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger program engages Scouts in educational programs and volunteer service projects in park sites to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the National Park Service mission and conserving the nation’s natural, cultural and historic resources.
  • Explore the national parks.
  • Practice good citizenship and kindness.

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Did You Know?

Lifeguard stand and rescue buoys are stationed on the beach.

Lifeguarded beaches are provided at Fire Island National Seashore during the summer at Watch Hill and Sailors Haven. More...