Join Our Team as a Volunteer!

Gila Watershed Partnership was founded by a diverse group of community volunteer leaders. Volunteers continue to be essential to the work we do today. If you enjoy working outdoors, getting dirty, and making a difference there are many ways for you to get involved.

Volunteer Opportunities

(Orientation and training provided for all positions)

River Clean Ups – GWP hosts quarterly clean ups along the San Francisco River. This is a great way to spend a Saturday morning with family and friends making a visible difference in your community. Information regarding dates and times for these events is available through our newsletters, our website, or our Facebook page.

Water Quality Monitoring – GWP works with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to monitor six sites along the San Francisco River and we are recruiting volunteers to help us with data collection throughout the summer.

Greenhouse Assistant – The Gila Native Plant Nursery houses more than 10,000 plants at any given time. Greenhouse assistants help with watering, weeding, potting, soil mixing, moving, and re-potting container plants to get them ready for various restoration and habitat improvement projects.

Pollinator Garden Steward – GWP manages a one-acre native plant demonstration garden at the Eastern Arizona College Discovery Park Campus. We are recruiting volunteers to help us plant, weed, prune, water, and otherwise tend to the needs of the garden year-round to keep it a safe and beautiful place for the public to visit and learn about the unique relationships between native plants and their pollinators.

Restoration Assistant – GWP manages approximately 200 acres along the Gila River that were once dense stands of salt cedar. These areas will not recover without some maintenance over the first few years following the clearing of salt cedar trees. Restoration Assistants travel to sites and help with tasks such as invasive plant removal, planting of native species, watering and irrigation for newly planted native species, and data collection.

Plant Scout – GWP grows out a wide variety of plant species for use in our restoration projects. You can help us locate wild populations of these plants by simply signing up for a free iNaturalist account, snapping photos of flowering plants you see when you are hiking or otherwise enjoying nature, and uploading those plant photos to the iNaturalist website. Any of the plants you upload that match our species of interest will be automatically added to our special project page. This is a family-friendly and easy way to contribute to collective knowledge of plants that occur throughout Graham and Greenlee Counties, and a great way to learn more about the plants you see. Since iNaturalist is free and open source, your observations not only help GWP, but can help other scientists studying plants or animals in our watershed.

Seed Collection Assistant – It isn’t always possible to purchase seeds that are appropriate for the work we do, so GWP has permits (or other agreements) with federal and private land managers that allow us to collect wild seeds for growing what we need. Seed collection assistants travel to various and beautiful places throughout Graham and Greenlee Counties with GWP staff and learn the art and science of seed collection.  

Nature/Event Photographer – We are always in need of high-quality photographs for marketing, promotion, and data collection. If you enjoy photographing nature and/or people, please consider sharing your skills with us. You receive photo attribution for all submissions.

Office Assistant – From data entry to photo management, office volunteers help with our day-to-day operations in the comfort of air conditioning.

Outreach Assistant – Several times throughout the year, GWP sets up booths or gives presentations about our work at various events and festivals. We are recruiting help from people who are passionate about water quality and/or restoration and enjoy sharing knowledge with people of all ages.

To join our volunteer team, click here to fill out the volunteer application and contact Kara Barron at kara@gwpaz.org or (928)424-3886 to set up an orientation.

Current volunteers click here to log in.