Friends of LANWR Volunteer Opportunities

Our organization runs almost purely on volunteers, and we are always looking for new people to join our team!  There are also volunteer opportunities at the Refuge.     




We need volunteers to help run our nature bookstore located inside the Visitor Center of Laguna Atascos NWR.  We are looking for someone who can spend at least one full shift (8am-4pm) in the bookstore.  Tasks include manning the register, restocking shelves, and other store related duties as needed.  



Throughout the year we have several events like the Ocelot Conservation Day, clean-ups, and outreach events.  We need people to help plan and man these events as they come up.

Laguna Atascosa NWR Opportunities

Visitor Services


The Refuge needs people to operate the visitor center which includes greeting and providing information to visitors, collecting entrance/tour fees, opening/closing the center, stocking bird feeders, answering phones and minor cleaning/maintenance.  VC volunteers should enjoy interacting with all sorts of people and have a positive attitude! 



Maintenance volunteers assist refuge staff with day-to-day maintenance and/or special projects.  These can include tree trimming, trail maintenance, minor plumbing repairs, washing & waxing vehicles, interior and exterior painting, etc.  Note this job can be physically demanding and often requires working outdoors with potential for challenging conditions. 

Tour Guides


The Refuge runs birding and habitat tours and needs people to lead tours/drive.  Training is provided on program content, procedures and presentation techniques, but volunteers should be able to lead interpretive tours for a wide variety of audiences, present information about the refuge in an engaging way, clean and prepare tour vehicle for tours daily, assist with loading and unloading of passengers, and perform minor maintenance with vehicles.

Hunt Check 



The Refuge needs people to staff the Hunt Check Station and provide training on procedures and hunting regulations.  Volunteers prepare signs, gates and checking station equipment prior to each hunt.  They answer hunter's questions and check harvested game, (includes weighing, aging, species and gender id).  This position may entail contact with blood, ticks and fleas and can be physically demanding.  Hunts occur between mid-November and mid-January, and days and hours will vary. 

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