Volunteer with The Nature Conservancy

Middle San Pedro River Preserve Site Host—Benson, AZ (live on-site in personal RV)

Landscape of a grassland leading out to rolling hills and a sunset.
Hidden Waters Preserve Hidden Waters Preserve looking West. © K Kleinschmidt/TNC
Volunteer Overview

The Preserve:

The Middle San Pedro River Preserve, located on the San Pedro River, has six miles of cottonwood-willow riparian habitat, a refuge for migrating birds, wildlife and diverse plant species. Perennial surface flow has been restored along six miles of the river by retiring the practice of pumping 3,500 acre-feet of groundwater for irrigated agriculture each year. It is located on a paved road 14 mi. north of I-10 exit 306, Pomerene Rd, near Benson, AZ.

Statement of the Position:

The Nature Conservancy is looking for volunteers with a strong interest in environmental conservation to serve as RV site hosts at the Middle San Pedro River Preserve. The volunteer(s) should be self-motivated, adaptable and creative team players. They must be willing to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends. Strong candidates will have an interest in wildlife and feel comfortable living in a remote setting. 

Essential Functions:

  • Work with the preserve manager to establish watchable wildlife trails on the preserve. 
  • Clearing and maintaining roadways for future public access. 
  • Basic facilities repair including but not limited to minor plumbing, electrical and carpentry work. 
  • General chores include litter removal, mowing and monitoring fence lines for cattle trespass.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Physically fit—able to walk a couple of miles of trails and on uneven ground.
  • Valid Driver’s License. 
  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Experience using computer applications such as Word, Excel and web browsers. 

Start time and length of assignment: This is a seasonal volunteer opportunity. The minimum stay is three months but may be extended longer pending an agreement between the preserve manager and the site hosts. 

To apply, fill out the application linked and email Kathleen Kleinschmidt 

In person work
Middle San Pedro River Preserve
Multiple dates and varied times
Kathleen Kleinschmidt