Spring Bird Survey Volunteer (March-May)

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ORGANIZATION: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Cabeza Prieta NWR is an 860,010 acre refuge with 803,418 acres designated as wilderness. The refuge is located in southwest Arizona, within the Sonoran Desert. The Sonoran Desert is the most biodiverse desert in the world; as such the refuge offers spectacular landscapes and a variety of habitats for birds. We are in the process of updating the bird checklist and are seeking a residential volunteer or couple to assist with bird surveys and visitor services. Ten surveys are conducted each month and are representative of a variety habitats on the refuge. In addition to bird survey work, there is visitor services work including greeting and being a representative for the refuge for our visitors at the visitor contact station.

The refuge has an RV site with full hook-ups. We ask 24 hours a week of volunteer service in exchange for this accommodation. There is limited Wi-Fi and cell phone service varies with carrier. Arrival in mid to late February is available and preferred if available.

Start Date - 2023-03-01

End Date - 2023-05-31

Activities include: Back Country/Wilderness;Fish/Wildlife;GIS/GPS;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
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Children & Youth, Environment, Sports & Recreation


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1611 North 2nd AvenueAjo, AZ 85321



  • Environmental Education
  • Interpreter


  • People 55+



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