• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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The 117,464-acre Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge is home to over 330 species of birds including the endangered Masked Bobwhite quail. Visitors enjoy the semi-desert grasslands that blend into the cottonwoods and willow that line creek banks and wetlands within the refuge. Settled in amongst the grasslands and wetlands is a beautiful sycamore-shaded canyon of extraordinary diversity.
Volunteers play a vital role in the maintenance and visitor services programs at the refuge. Volunteers will work primarily on-site providing visitors with information about the refuge and its resources. Volunteers directly affect the quality and success of refuge operations; visitors’ safety, comfort, and enjoyment; and the public’s understanding and image of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Maintenance: The refuge seeks a couple general maintenance volunteers who will assist the refuge with upkeep of refuge facilities and equipment. Ideal candidates should have experience operating power tools and maintenance equipment. Volunteers will be relied upon to help with maintaining trails and campsites, and general upkeep of public use facilities which includes cleaning restrooms. There may also be opportunities to assist with the biology program.
Visitor Services: Visitor Services duties include staffing the visitor center, guiding hikes and educational programs, providing interpretive services such as working special events, restocking brochures, cleaning the interior and exterior of public areas including restroom facilities, and some office work. Additional duties may vary depending on individual interest, skills, and talents.
We are requesting a minimum of 24 hours per person per week (You're welcome to work more). Training is provided to teach volunteers refuge rules and regulations and how to present interpretive and educational programs to our visitors. Volunteers who are flexible and have positive attitudes typically have excellent experiences working in the public use program. Volunteers must have the ability to work effectively with people of various perspectives and have patience and tact with visitors and school groups.
Housing: An RV site with electrical, water, and sewer is provided in exchange for 24 hours/week of service. Laundry facilities provided on site. Liquid propane is available onsite and is included. WiFi is available at the RV sites. Unfortunately we currently do not allow pets in our RV/Trailer compound.
Local Information: Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge headquarters is located 7 miles North of Sasabe Arizona. We are located 90 minutes south of Tucson. We are quite remote. The nearby towns of Arivaca and Sasabe (20 miles, 10 miles) have some amenities such as gas and a post office. Arivaca has a nice market that usually has good produce and is well stocked.
A minimum of 2 months is required and longer commitments are preferred.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Covered and uncovered RV sites are available with full hookups for couples and individuals that can give 24 hours each per week. Use of on-site laundry is available. Liquid propane is available onsite and is included. WiFi is available at the RV sites.