Volunteer at the Refuge and gain valuable, rewarding experience. Through nature walks, talks and slide programs, help visitors understand and appreciate the natural and cultural history of the Refuge.

You can assist Refuge employees with teacher orientation workshops, open house events, day camp, field trips and special projects. You can volunteer for visitor center information duty. You can rove Refuge trails to talk to visitors, report vandalism, note maintenance needs and pick up litter.

Volunteer Opportunities

Environmental Education Center (Alviso, California) at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

If you have an interest in wildlife and their conservation, enjoy working with people, and are enthusiastic and dependable, the Environmental Education Center's Volunteer Program is for you! As a volunteer, you'll receive on-the-job training from staff and other volunteers in the project area you choose.

Requirements for volunteering at the refuge at the Environmental Education Center include: attending a volunteer orientation; attending scheduled trainings; and meeting the age requirements for the program. Volunteer applications will be provided at the orientation. Contact Hope Presley at 408-262-5513 ext. 104 or hope [ . ] presley [ @ ] sfbws [ . ] com for more information.

Volunteer Positions

Restoration Project Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to work on the EEC's ecotone habitat restoration project. In the fall and winter, volunteers plant natives and in the spring and summer volunteers pull invasive species to ensure that the native plants have a chance to thrive!

  • Training: Volunteer orientation and on-the-job training
  • Additional Requirements: Individuals and groups of all ages must be physically able to do the work. Work is primarily outdoors.
  • Hours: Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Weekend Information Desk Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to answer visitor questions, answer phones, sell bookstore items, and check out discovery packs and binoculars to interested visitors.

  • Training: Volunteer orientation and a 1 hour information desk training
  • Additional Requirements: Two half days per month for a six-month commitment
  • Hours: Shifts are from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays as needed.

Interpretive Program Volunteers

Come help out with Saturday and Sunday interpretive programs, or present one of your very own. We offer a wide variety of programs (see the Activity Pages in this issue) and are always looking for new ideas and faces to share our mission of wildlife conservation and pollution prevention.

  • Training: Volunteer orientation, attend three weekend programs of your choice, and attend one interpretive guide training with the refuge.
  • Additional Requirements: One shift per quarter for a one year commitment
  • Hours: Weekends

Field Trip Docents

The EEC offers two environmental education programs: Wetland Round-Up (1st-5th) and Living Wetlands (5th-12th). Docents will gain experience in environmental education and public speaking, and will be responsible for managing and leading groups of students through educational activities.

  • Training: Volunteer orientation and 4-week training course, one half day per week
  • Additional Requirements: Field Trip season is from September to mid-June. Two full days per month for a 6-month commitment
  • Hours: Programs are generally Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on an as-needed basis.

Team Citizen Scientists EEC Community Service

Become a citizen scientist! Are you interested in plants? Volunteer for one or all team dates and learn native plant monitoring and habitat restoration. Bring your own gloves or borrow a pair of ours – tools are provided. Dress in layers and bring water and sunscreen. Be prepared to get dirty!

  • Training: On the job training
  • Questions: Please contact Hope Presley at 408-262-5513 ext. 104 or hope [ . ] presley [ @ ] sfbws [ . ] com
  • Additional Requirements: Ages 9 and up.
  • Dates & Hours: One time date specific for Spring