• 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.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Visitor Center/Interpretation Volunteer
Assist National Park Service rangers in the operation of the many visitor centers: Otis Pike Wilderness, Watch Hill, Sailors Haven, William Floyd Estate, and/or the Fire Island Lighthouse: answering questions, taking reservations for wilderness camping, assisting with phones, and assist with the operation of Eastern National Bookstores. As interest merits, may also assist with interpretive programs or conduct independent programs under the supervision of the interpretive supervisor, may assist other divisions with miscellaneous park operation when needed.


William Floyd Estate Interpretive Volunteer
Assist William Floyd Estate staff in conducting interpretive tours of the historic William Floyd house, including the history of the house, the surrounding land, and the Floyd Family. Will be provided a "Room Guide for Interpretations" and need to acquire knowledge concerning interpretive aspects relating to the historic house including the Floyd family's 250 year occupation, the additions and furnishings reflecting that history, and a basic knowledge of corresponding social, economic and political events that took place both locally and nationally.

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.

Maintenance Volunteer
Assisting the maintenance staff with various of maintenance projects, routine ground maintenance, NPS structural repairs and approved repairs of historical structures. All work will be conducted under the direct supervision of the Maintenance Forman and the District Ranger.

Administrative Volunteer
Assist National Park Service in operating visitor contact facility at the park's headquarters building in Patchogue, NY. Perform staff work in support of the practical and technical aspects of office administration including answering phones, data entry, filing, copying and clerical/administrative projects. As interest merits, may also assist other divisions with miscellaneous park operations.

Natural Resource Management Volunteer
This volunteer is assigned to the Natural Resources Management Division of Fire Island National Seashore. The primary duty is to assist the division in collecting and preparing information on the park's natural resources and resource areas. Volunteers will be working on projects ranging from wilderness area proposals to freshwater delineations to other surveys with the boundaries of the barrier island. Other duties may include, but are not limited to inventory and monitoring the various vegetation communities on the island or at the William Floyd Estate, water quality of the ocean, bays or wetlands; and various wildlife populations. Prepares correspondence, enters collected data into computer data bases, enters data into a GPS program or maps information. Works directly under the park's biologist; daily consultation and field work may be managed by other resource management staff personnel.

Collections Management Volunteer
Assist William Floyd Estate staff and Cultural Resource Manager in routine aspects of collection management, including object cataloging, object storage, data entry and filing. All aspects of collection management will be conducted under the direct supervision of the Cultural Resource Manager.


All volunteers are assigned to a specific work site. However, 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.

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 a new National Park Service 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 national 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?

View from the top of Fire Island Lighthouse, looking west over the narrow island to the inlet in the distance.

The first Fire Island Lighthouse was built in 1826 on the western end of the island. Today, Fire Island Inlet is more than 5 miles west of this foundation. More...