Get Involved

Pronghorn antelope and mule deer doe meet-photo by refuge remote camera/USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge needs you -- your talents, your enthusiasm, and some of your time!

Help make a difference!  Volunteers play a vital role in helping the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fulfill its mission of conserving, protecting and enhancing America's fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. 

Volunteers are individuals who want to give back to their communities, parents who want to be good stewards of the land and set examples for their children, retired people willing to share their wealth of knowledge, concerned citizens of all ages who want to learn more about conservation, and passionate people who enjoy the outdoors and want to spread the word about America's greatest natural treasures. Volunteers are folks who value our national treasures and want to see them passed on to future generations. 

Generally, no special skills are required to be a volunteer.  Any on-the-job training is provided if needed.  Individual talents and skills are matched with interests and work opportunities. 

We especially need volunteers who will help with staffing the information desk and environmental education programs.  The main requisite to being a volunteer at the information desk is to enjoy meeting and talking with people, be willing to assist visitors, and smile! 

Volunteers have fun assisting people from all over the world while learning firsthand about Sevilleta’s numerous and fascinating wildlife and amazing geologic diversity.  If you are interested in wildlife, like people, enjoy learning and helping others learn about wildlife; this is the job for you!! 

Other types of activities the refuge needs help with include:  painting, fence building, sign posting, constructing display shelves, trail maintenance, janitorial cleaning, invasive species mapping, surveys, plant identification, planting trees, filing and answering phones, computer data base entry, trail walks, staffing table top exhibit at off-site events, taking photos, picking up litter, and giving guided tours and Visitor Center tours.  Though training will be provided when necessary, some of these positions require knowledge of the subject. 

Sevilleta has two types of volunteers – local and residential.  Local volunteers live in neighboring communities whereas resident volunteers commit to living on and volunteering for the refuge for an extended period. 

Accommodations for Resident Volunteers:
The refuge has three full hook-up trailer pads.  Each site has water and electric (50 amp, 220v hook-up).  Laundry facilities are located on the site.  The refuge also has two modular homes available for volunteers.  Volunteers must commit to volunteering a minimum of 24 hours a week per person, for a minimum of three months. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the volunteer coordinator at (505) 864-4021 or  E-mail: