Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Volunteering at San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge needs YOU — your talents, your enthusiasm and some of your time!

Various opportunities exist at the Refuge for volunteers to gain valuable and rewarding experience. You can download a copy of the Sloughs News (400 KB), the volunteer newsletter so see what tasks we have for volunteers, and what current volunteers are up to. Volunteers assist Refuge employees by working in such fields as:


Through such activities as nature walks, talks, slide programs and visitor center information duty, volunteers help visitors understand and appreciate both the natural and cultural history of the Refuge as well as provide information on the recreational and educational opportunities available. Volunteers also rove Refuge trails to talk to visitors, report vandalism, note maintenance needs and pick up litter.

Environmental Education:

Assisting Environmental Education Specialists with teacher orientation workshops, open house events, day camp, field trips and special projects are but a few of the volunteer duties at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso or at the Visitor Center in Fremont.

The Slow the Flow Program at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso are currently looking for volunteers. Click here to see a 3-minute video (3.64 MB) about the Slow the Flow Program, or call Eric McKee at 408-262-5513.

Resource Management:

Qualified individuals may assist wildlife biologists in such areas as wildlife surveys and other projects.


Volunteers may help Refuge employees in general tasks such as landscape maintenance, sign installation, gate painting, construction and routine vehicle maintenance. Also, opportunities exist for those with skills in such disciplines as plumbing and carpentry.

Native Plant Nursery:

Volunteers germinate seeds, propagate cuttings, transplant seedlings, prune, fertilize and water plants, pull weeds, and plant and nurture new native plants in the field as part of the Refuge’s habitat restoration mission.

Special Projects:

Volunteers may work independently in the areas of photography, photo and specimen collections, journalism, desktop publishing, and other fields.

The information above can be found on the official website of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. For more details about the organization and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit their website:

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