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RV Volunteer / Maintenance Helper

Fish & Wildlife Service

Job category:
Compensation: RV Site Only
Hookups: Unknown - Inquire
Wi-Fi: Unknown
Pets OK?: Unknown

Job Description



ADDRESS: San Antonio, NM, USA

DEPT: Fish & Wildlife Service

DATES: 10/17/2022 – 2/28/2023


Welcome to Wild at one of America’s most premier federal lands – Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge! As a volunteer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maintenance Helpers will help take care of government property through basic routine maintenance of heavy equipment/vehicles and aid in the organization and documentation of shop supplies.


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 an individual to serve as maintenance helper for the October 17, 2022, through February 28, 2023, season. All applicants must be available for the entire season. We will consider couples if we can find an appropriate position for your partner. RV pads are the only available housing.


The Maintenance Helper Position requires that you work 24 hours per week (typically three 8-hour days) October 17, 2022, through February 28, 2023. Your lunch break will be one hour off duty near the midpoint of the day.


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



Core Duties:

Serve as shop general helper.
Stock and organize supplies in the mechanic shop.
Input and log supplies into databases or physical data sheets.
Assist or perform light routine servicing and cleaning for heavy equipment and vehicles such as: cleaning air filters, oil changes, greasing implements, and removing brush and debris from heavy equipment.
Running errands and deliveries (i.e. pick up supplies, drop off recycling, transport supplies/staff).
Light facilities repair (i.e. changing door batteries, fixing seals, repairing windows, etc.).
Complies with volunteer uniform policy. Maintains a neat and professional appearance.
Collateral Duties:

Assists with other projects as assigned based on the needs of the refuge which could include assisting with janitorial duties. Other duties may include tasks such as assisting with: landscaping, invasive plant removal, painting, minor carpentry, organizing and cleaning refuge warehouses and many other projects that are on the refuge “long-term to do list”.



Drivers License
General Assistance
Hand Power Tools
Heavy Equipment


RV Volunteers typically work solo or in small groups with staff and other volunteers on refuge priority projects in outdoor settings or in the refuge maintenance shops.


General housekeeping
Slip, trip, and fall hazards
Equipment maintenance
This is a wildlife refuge, so volunteers will encounter a variety of animals, birds, reptiles, and insects, which should not be handled.



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