Resident RV Volunteer

Facility

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge was established from public lands on January 25, 1939, by Executive Order 8039 for the protection of desert bighorn sheep.

Location

Address

9300 East 28th Street
Yuma, AZ 85365
United States

Volunteer Position Overview

Volunteers Needed
-
Recruitment Start Date
Recruitment End Date
Training Required
No
Security Clearance Needed
Yes
Virtual
No
Suitability
Adults, Seniors
Difficulty level
Average

About This Position

Join the Team at Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in Southwest Arizona. Volunteers have the opportunity to connect with visitors and contribute towards conservation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Duties:

  • Replace and install sings throughout refuge
  • Monitor for wilderness encroachment by vehicles and repair habitat
  • Monitor wildlife drinkers
  • Restock brochures throughout the refuge
  • Record traffic counter data.
  • Monitor camper numbers on the refuge
  • Be available to assist with special events and interpretive programs
  • Wear U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service volunteer’s uniform
  • Drive a refuge vehicle
  • Greet visitors and provide information about the refuge
  • Inform visitors of regulations

If desired, volunteers may also have the opportunity to assist with other refuge duties such as repairing historical cabins, removing invasive weeds, and participating in special events.

 

Requirements: The RV Volunteer position requires a commitment of 24-30 hours per volunteer per week. Teams of couples are preferred, but not mandatory, we have openings for two teams. Teams must be able to dry camp on the refuge for the entire commitment. The refuge will provide water and a port-a-potty (We are currently seeking volunteers for November 2022 – March 2023, shorter tours can be negotiated)

 

When applying, please provide contact information for three references. Two references should be professional. If applying as couple, please provide both applicant names.


WORK ENVIRONMENT

Kofa NWR is located in the Sonoran Desert at an elevation of approximately 2,000 feet. There are two locations on the refuge where Onsite Volunteers can choose from to camp from, Palm Canyon Road near the information Kiosk and King Valley Road. Locations on the east side of the refuge can also be considered, but it is more remote. The refuge is open to camping year round and does permit hunting following state regulations during state designated seasons. Volunteer(s) receive a “water buffalo” for potable water and a port-a-potty. Propane is also provided. There are no laundry facilities or Wi-Fi available, but there is cell service at the two main camping locations.

Duties/Activities

Construction/Maintenance
Fish/Wildlife
General Assistance
Other
Visitor Information

More Positions Like This

Stories About Volunteering

A man wearing a hoodie and sitting in a wheelchair fishes from a platform overhanging a river.
Get Involved
Teamwork Makes Fishing Accessible
The only wheelchair-accessible fishing platform in North Central Washington is located on Icicle Creek. Trout Unlimited’s Icicle Valley Chapter teamed up with the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery to make sure all anglers can still reach the river in 2022.
A group of 8 men and women pose for a group photo
Our Partners
Outstanding Service Recognized
For many non-profits, the past two years have been difficult. But for Friends of Northwest Hatcheries (FNH), it was a time for positive growth and change. That’s thanks to President Andy Jaynes, who received an award May 9 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for outstanding service.
Bee on a composite blossom
Get Involved
Pollinators Get Help
Pollinators are best served by native plants; and the pollinator garden at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery is best served by volunteers.
A group of people stand smiling in tallgrass outside
Get Involved
Volunteers Make our Year
Celebrating successful conservation and the passionate volunteers that make it happen
Ronald & Carrie taking selfie with ocean behind them.
Our People
A conservation love story: married Service couple spends weekends volunteering for wildlife
Searching for sea turtle nests is no easy task. Volunteers have to wake up before the sun rises. They walk the beach for miles at a time looking for sea turtle crawls; crawls are marks in the sand made by the turtle’s flippers.
Kids in yellow shirts run at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, while on an elementary school field trip.
Get Involved
Inspiring a Bright Future for Conservation Stewardship – Happy Earth Day!
There are so many ways that a love of the outdoors can become instilled into our very being, at every age. It’s different for everyone and that’s what makes it our nature. My sense is that this love of nature binds us at the Service – we get it.

Other Ways to Work with Us

Are you looking for something different than a volunteer opportunity? The Fish and Wildlife Service employs around 9,000 people nationwide and offers great internship opportunities every year.