Buenos Aires NWR Volunteer 2022-23


The 117,464-acre refuge is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Visitors will find semi-desert grasslands, cottonwoods, and willow-lined riverbanks.



PO Box 109
Sasabe, AZ 85633
United States

Volunteer Position Overview

Volunteers Needed
Recruitment Start Date
Recruitment End Date
Training Required
Security Clearance Needed
Adults, Seniors
Difficulty level

About This Position

Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (BANWR) consists of nearly 118,000 acres of semi arid desert grassland. Originally a cattle ranch, the land was purchased by the government and provided to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in order to restore the endangered masked bobwhite quail, which had nearly gone extinct in the wild. BANWR staff work tirelessly to care for the captive population of masked bobwhite and release these birds onto the refuge in an effort to restore this beautiful bird to the northernmost part of its historical range. Many other wildlife species, including other threatened and endangered species, call this refuge home. BANWR has 83 campsites for the public use, various hiking trails and many roads for visitors to utilize. Visitors come from all over for BANWR's hunting opportunities, wildlife viewing and recreational activities. All these, as well as its many structures require upkeep and maintenance. BANWR is nestled in the Altar Valley between the Coronado National Forest, private ranch lands and Tohono O'odham lands.

Limited RV spots are available for volunteers who do not live locally. Please note that a majority of these spots do not allow pets. Start and end dates are flexible. Both singles and couples are welcome to apply. Only one application needed even for couples. A minimum of 28 hours (by each person) must be worked weekly in exchange for your RV space.

Please contact Hannah Pierce, Wildlife Refuge Specialist at hannah_pierce@fws.gov or 520-993-4288 with any questions. Resumes with experience and skills are appreciated. Please indicate what categories of work you are interested in. Please apply on volunteer.gov.


Back Country/Wilderness
Campground Maintenance
Conservation Education
General Assistance
Tour Guide/Interpretation
Trail/Campground Maintenance
Visitor Information
Weed/Invasive Species Control

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