Become a Sky Island Alliance Volunteer

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Volunteers are at the very heart of our success.

Since the beginning, volunteers have helped us shape the future of the Sky Islands. We offer volunteer opportunities for a broad range of interests, physical abilities, and skills. From planting pollinator plants to photographing wildlife tracks, volunteers are the heartbeat of tangible and effective conservation for our wildlife and wild places.

More than 400 people from diverse backgrounds volunteer with us each year, and together they contribute more than 12,000 hours annually! On a typical volunteer outing, you may meet university students from the U.S. and Mexico, expert retirees, professionals, scientists, and young couples — all eager to get dirt under their nails, get outside, and make a difference.

Already volunteering with us? Visit our volunteer resources page. For more info, feel free to reach out to our Field Coordinator Jimmy Gribbin.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Spring Seeker

This is a new exciting and socially-distant volunteer opportunity! Be a Spring Seeker and carry our simple survey form on your smartphone when  you’re  hiking.  If you find water, complete the survey to easily alert us about the spring’s condition and guide where we work to protect springs next. Since its launch in June 2020, our community has eyes on over 900 springs. Will you help monitor more? Learn More >>


Sky Island FotoFaunaFotoFauna

Join a growing network of wildlife cameras and help observe presence, absence, and seasonal movements of species in the Sky Islands of the U.S. and Mexico. Just set up a wildlife camera and submit an online monthly FotoFauna checklist of the species you observe. This data will help us study when and where wildlife are present so we can better protect their habitats. Learn More >>


Wildlife Photo Processing

Do you love wildlife and have some time for a special project? We’re looking for self-motivated volunteers to help analyze photos from our dozens of wildlife cameras in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Huachuca Mountains, and surrounding region. This would entail working at our Tucson office to help sort false-positives, spot cryptic animals, and identify Sky Island species. Learn More >>