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Make a difference that's close to home! 


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. 

More than 200 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations support national wildlife refuges and approximately 42,000 people volunteer their time and ideas each year to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whether they work on the land, in a visitor center or with youth, they contribute to the conservation mission that reaches back more than a century.

Volunteer: Get Up & Get Out to the Refuge

The refuge is looking for volunteers interested in helping to protect and enhance the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge! We are in need of every kind of volunteer, including those who can help lead nature tours; conduct wildlife and plant surveys; maintain nature trails; do construction and maintenance projects; assist with environmental education programs; greet visitors; and much more!

The refuge has volunteer opportunities for local and resident RV volunteers. RV volunteers work for three days a week and the refuge provides RV sites with full hookup, utilities, washer-dryer and a gathering area set within the refuge. A minimum of three months and no longer than six months commitment is required.

Volunteers are welcomed all year around and there are many activities you can participate in that match your skills, talents and abilities.

Environmental Education Programs Activity Leader 

Headquarters Office Greeter/Docent 

Maintenance Assistant 

Birding Walks/Talks Programs Guide for Fall & Spring 


Call the volunteer coordinator at 512-339-9432 ext. 20018 for more information.


The Friends is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support, complete, and enhance the refuge and to promote its use for recreational, educational, and scientific purposes. This dynamic group of volunteers dedicates their time helping sponsor special events, leading nature tours, conducting environmental education and supporting habitat protection efforts. Learn more about the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands Refuge and become involved!