Get Involved


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.  Become a volunteer and contribute your strength on behalf of America’s natural resources.

Carpenters, educators, biologists, computer whizzes, birdwatchers, gardeners, artists and bilingual speakers, along with anyone with a passion for wildlife, are encouraged to apply!  

Volunteers for Santa Ana and Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge are both housed at Santa Ana, seven miles south of Alamo, Texas.  For 24 hours per person (couple) or 32 hours (single) per week, volunteers receive a trailer pad with full electrical hook-up, utilities, propane, washer/dryer facilities and a community room on refuge property. A minimum three month commitment is required.

Visitor Center:
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge has more than 150,000 annual visitors from all 50 states and at least 35 countries so we depend very heavily on our volunteers to provide important visitor services! They are the first to greet and provide information to the general public and present a professional and friendly face.

Construction and Maintenance:
The maintenance team is looking for carpenters, welders, electricians and plumbers to help enhance the refuge experience for visitors, volunteers and staff! Build observation decks, replace and install basic electrical components, repair broken water lines and much more.

Environmental Education:
EE Volunteers conduct educational programs for classes, teachers, and youth groups visiting the refuge. They lead EE programs and activities at local schools, festivals, fairs and special events. Volunteers also help with the development of lessons and programs.

Filing, copying, faxing and mailing are all administrative duties where volunteers can be really helpful! Maintaining inventory of clerical supplies and general support of the Administrative staff helps us be more efficient.

For more information about volunteering, call (956)784-7500 or visit