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From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources.


Volunteering for the Refuge:
Help develop and present educational programs, provide friendly service to visitors, check traffic counters, and participate in fairs at Kofa National Wildlife Refuge! The refuge is looking for volunteers to assist with maintenance, public outreach, visitor services, and occasionally biological work, particularly during the winter season.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact the refuge.

Refuge Hosts:
Each winter, the refuge hires volunteer hosts to live and work on the refuge. The greatest need for assistance is from November 1 through March 31, though hosts are welcome to continue volunteering beyond these dates. Refuge hosts provide visitor services, including greeting and providing information to the general public and giving guided hikes. Other tasks include minor repairs, checking historic cabins, replacing faded or worn signs, checking water sources for wildlife, and assisting with ongoing biological and other projects.

Hosts camp on Kofa National Wildlife Refuge near one of the most often traveled roads (King Valley or Palm Canyon) in order to be most available to visitors. Volunteers who have their own recreational vehicle or travel trailer and are willing to “dry camp” without an electrical hookup are wanted.

The refuge supplies four-wheel drive vehicles, a 400-gallon water trailer and propane for a 30 hour per person per week commitment. The water trailer can be refilled with drinking water, trash may be dumped and the black- and gray-water tanks on the R.V. (or travel trailer) may be emptied at the Bureau of Land Management’s La Posa South Long-term Visitor Area nearby.

To learn more about volunteering as a refuge host, contact the refuge or visit volunteer.gov.
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2013
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