Visitor Center Host



4701 North Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130
United States

Volunteer Position Overview

Volunteers Needed
Recruitment Start Date
Recruitment End Date
Sunday, Monday, Friday, Saturday
Training Required
Security Clearance Needed

About This Position

Recruitment now open for the Fall 2024! Multiple volunteers needed for a 3-month commitment (September - November) at the wildlife refuges in Southern Nevada.

Spend your days in the beautiful Mojave Desert of Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex! Multiple volunteer visitor center host opportunities are located at Desert National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Pahranagat NWR, or Ash Meadows NWR, located between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours of Las Vegas in Southern Nevada. You can learn more about the refuges here:

We are looking for volunteers who will enjoy working directly with the public as a Visitor Center Host. Position opens, closes, and staffs a refuge Visitor Center. Each Visitor Center has a world-class exhibit hall, small store, classrooms, and modern administrative facilities. Each provides access to an accessible front-country trail system with excellent birding and wildlife viewing opportunities.


As the resident host, you provide orientation, interpretation, and answer visitor questions at the main information desk. You would also cover topics regarding the refuge, local natural and cultural resources, safety precautions, rules and regulations, recreational opportunities, and area services. You would also assist staff with operations and maintenance of facilities, including cleaning bathrooms, emptying trash containers, ensuring refuge is free of litter and other more complex maintenance and visitor facility projects within your abilities.


Schedule is typically 4 days on and 3 days off. Day-to-day schedule varies. Couples will work the same days but may not have the same daily schedule. Hours requirements are 24 hours/week per resident for couples and up to 32 hours/week for singles, depending on the site. Exact start and end dates negotiable.


In return, we provide: a small-team environment to learn and grow in; opportunities to explore behind the scenes with refuge staff; unique landscapes filled with incredible plants and animals; and an RV or motor home site with utility hook-ups for electric, water, and sewage. Propane may be provided depending on the site. 


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



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