Wildlife Refuges
Conserving the Nature of America in the Southwest Region
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Volunteer with the Southwest Region

Photo of a volunteer collecting entrance fees
Volunteer collecting entrance fees
Photo Credit: USFWS
Photo of a volunteer checking corn ears
Volunteer checking corn ears for Sandhill Cranes
Photo Credit: USFWS
Photo of a volunteer leading a school group
Volunteer leading a school group
Photo Credit: USFWS

We invite you to experience firsthand the magic of being outside.

IMAGINE the fun and interesting things you can learn by being a volunteer at a National Wildlife Refuge or National Fish Hatchery. Last year almost 38,000 volunteers contributed more than 1.4 million hour of their time toward conservation and environmental education. Volunteers help us in almost everything we do.  Volunteers provide their skills and energy to the reforestation effort, clean-up projects, school programs, maintenance of public facilities, trail construction, office work , wildlife monitoring, special events and much more.

Some work full-time, some just a few hours a week or month, or during a particular season or special event. Generally, no special skills are required to be a volunteer. We provide on-the-job training as needed. We try to match individual talents and skills with volunteer interests and work opportunities.

Come out, meet and work with people who want to give back to their communities, be good stewards of the land, are willing to share their  wealth of knowledge, learn more about conservation, and who enjoy the outdoors and want to spread the word about America's greatest natural treasures.

To learn more about volunteering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and to discover what opportunities are available in the Southwest Region visit the National Volunteer Database. This site has search tools that will allow you to access hundreds of volunteer positions across the country.

For additional information contact:

Emily Delanzo
Volunteer Coordinator
Telephone: (505) 248-6822

Last updated: April 13, 2021