Ways to Get Involved

Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. National wildlife refuges provide many opportunities for you to help your community by doing what you love. National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and residents of urban and coastal communities to make a lasting difference. Find out how you can help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying. 


Discover for yourself what tens of thousands of volunteers have learned: Volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is fun and rewarding in many ways. Master new skills. Meet new friends. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow. Check out our station's latest volunteer opportunities on volunteer.gov

At Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks. Outdoor work includes maintenance of trails and campsites (brush trimming and litter clean-up), general litter clean-up on the refuge, maintenance and handyman projects, and fence repair or fence removal. Public use projects include greeting and helping visitors at the visitor center, leading nature walks, and giving presentations to schools or other groups. Occasional biological work is available, and no experience required. We can use people with writing and computer skills and clerical and administrative skills. 

Volunteers are particularly needed during late spring and in the fall, especially for visitor center staffing. Positions fill up fast during the winter. 

For residential volunteers interested in living on the refuge for an extended period, Buenos Aires Refuge provides RV hook-ups, propane, access to a laundry facility, and a government vehicle for work duties. 

Local volunteers also help accomplish extremely important projects on the refuge. Volunteers come from neighboring communities and help on an as-needed basis ranging from one day a week to one day a year. The refuge is indebted to groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Arizona Wildlife Federation and Arizona State University. 

If you have an interest in volunteering at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, you may call the refuge at 520-823-4251 Ext. 103 or contact Stan Culling for information. You may also apply online at www.volunteer.gov

Applications and requests for information can be mailed to: 

Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge 
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
P.O. Box 109
Sasabe, AZ 85633 

Our Partners

Nature does not recognize human-made boundaries. In order to conserve our natural and cultural resources effectively, we must work with others to bridge these boundaries. Partnerships foster creative solutions to challenging situations and often the results are greater than the sum of the parts. Learn more about our local partners. 

Partnerships with the National Wildlife Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management issues in the most protective manner. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, water, wildlife and special places must be a collaborative effort between the refuge system, private landowners and organizations, and other government agencies if conservation efforts are to succeed. 

Some partnership efforts of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service include: Friends of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, Altar Valley Conservation Alliance, and Arizona Game and Fish Department