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RV Volunteer: Visitor Center Ranger Naturalist

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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is the largest of the last remaining intact wetlands of the historic floodplain of the Rio Grande. A small group of staff work hard to re-create the processes of the river and provide food and rest for thousands of overwintering birds in what is now a world-famous nature tourism destination. Each year the Friends of Bosque del Apache hosts a large festival (Festival of the Cranes) which draws about 6,000 visitors and spans multiple days. RV volunteers are critical to supporting staff at this busy station.

Bosque del Apache strives to maintain a Queer/LGBTQA+ and BIPOC-friendly space and work environment. Working and living at this station requires the ability to work with, take direction from, and live near people of all ages, backgrounds, and personality types. Positive outlooks and flexibility are key to success at this large and active station. We welcome RV volunteers of all backgrounds to apply!

We are seeking couples to serve as ranger naturalists for the October 17, 2022, through February 28, 2023, season. All applicants must be available for the entire season; couples will work the same days and may work together in the visitor center and while performing interpretive roving on the refuge. RV pads are the only available housing.

The Visitor Center Ranger Naturalist Position requires that you work four days per week (six hours per day) October 17, 2022, through February 28, 2023. Your lunch break will be one hour off duty near the midpoint of the day.

You may be required to have a federal background investigation completed for this position. If you had a favorably adjudicated federal background investigation completed, please indicate the year and agency on your application.

Please list at least two volunteer or professional work references on your application.

Important Information to Know:

We currently only have RV pads available for the season, all volunteers must have a self-contained RV. There are about 18 RV pads and a community building that includes laundry facilities, a kitchen, and a lounge. Due to the nature of our site, we require that all individuals using shared amenities be full-time RV volunteers (24 hours/week).

The nearest city is Socorro (30 minutes drive). The station is considered connected but cell service and internet are weak and fluctuate frequently, with a number of power outages and periods of limited cell coverage. Working and living here offers a feeling of moderate separation from the bustle of the world without being entirely disconnected.

Start Date - 2022-10-17

End Date - 2023-02-28

Activities include: Conservation Education;Fish/Wildlife;General Assistance;Tour Guide/Interpretation;Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: 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.


1001 Highway 1San Antonio, NM 87832



  • Environmental Education
  • Interpreter
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Water Recreation


  • People 55+



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