The Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is seeking passionate individuals to serve on their Board of Directors. The Friends of the Valle de Oro is the 501(c)3 support nonprofit for the US Fish and Wildlife Service managed National Wildlife Refuge, Valle de Oro. We aim to ensure our Board of Directors has a mix of representatives from the communities surrounding and most impacted by decisions at Valle de Oro NWR, including Mountain View Neighborhood, the South Valley, the Pueblo of Isleta, and the Albuquerque metro-area.
Our Board Members are advocates for Valle de Oro NWR and the Friends group, support educational and outreach programs, build capacity for the Refuge’s projects and programs, work on Environmental and Economic Justice issues, supports Habitat Restoration on the property, and more.
We meet on a monthly basis, normally for two hours on the third Tuesday of the month starting at 6pm, as well as request our Board Members volunteer a minimum of 12 hours a month, although the Board meeting and associated prep time all count toward the 12 hours. We normally hold our meetings at Valle de Oro NWR, just north of the Pueblo of Isleta, but due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, we are holding all our meetings through Zoom and will continue to do so until it is safe to come together as a group once again.
Our Board is very organized, respectful of each other's opinions and through constructive dialogue able to make solid and strategic decisions for the benefit of the Refuge, the local community and our Friends Group.
The Friends of Valle de Oro has a nominating committee who will work with any potential candidates to serve on our Board of Directors. We have a short application process, and often request potential board members attend a board meeting to meet the other members of the board so all parties can decide if it will be a good fit. If chosen to serve on the Board we ask all new board members to participate in a 2-hour orientation prior to their first official board meeting.
The mission of the Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (VDONWR)is to help shape and support the development of the Refuge. We will foster a community conservation ethic by promoting environmental and cultural awareness through public educational programs and recreational opportunities.
The Friends contribute to VDONWR being a vital, exciting place of learning with a wide variety of environmental education programs, community activities, events, and celebrations drawing many diverse visitors. Trails and other Refuge features guide the steps of local adults and children who visit regularly, gaining a love for the outdoors, and an awakening sense of stewardship. Refuge amenities and activities support increasing development of a conservation ethic, and inspire engagement in related local, regional, and national issues. We see increasing numbers of visitors from outside of Bernalillo County and around the world who become aware of and are sympathetic to our broader mission.
We'll work with your schedule.
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge7851 2nd St SWAlbuquerque, NM87105
December 2, 2020
Must be at least 16
Orientation or Training
We require a minimum 2 year appointment to the Board. We meet on a monthly basis for two hours on the third Tuesday of the month starting at 6pm, and request our Board Members volunteer a minimum of 12 hours a month (Board meeting and prep included).
We require potential board members to fill out an Interest Assessment form and go through a formal process of vetting to determine if this is a good fit for the volunteer and the current Board of Directors.