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Buenos Aires NWR Volunteer 2022-23

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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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 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

Start Date - 2022-09-01

End Date - 2023-04-30

Activities include: Back Country/Wilderness;Botany;Campground Maintenance;Conservation Education;Construction/Maintenance;Fish/Wildlife;General Assistance;GIS/GPS;Other;Tour Guide/Interpretation;Trail/Campground Maintenance;Visitor Information;Weed/Invasive Species Control

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: Camp Sites;RV/Trailer Pads

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About U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: NWRS Visitor Services, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041, US

Mission Statement

Working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats. We are the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is the conservation and management of these important natural resources for the American public.

The agency includes both the National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Fish Hatchery System.

The Service's origins date back to 1871 when Congress established the U.S. Fish Commission to study the decrease in the nation’s food fishes and recommend ways to reverse that decline. (More on our history below.) Today, we are a diverse and largely decentralized organization, employing about 8,000 dedicated professionals working out of facilities across the country.


Children & Youth
Sports & Recreation
Children & Youth, Environment, Sports & Recreation


We'll work with your schedule.


PO Box 109Sasabe, AZ 85633



  • Environmental Education
  • Interpreter
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Water Recreation


  • People 55+



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