Volunteer/Intern Opportunities


Volunteers have played a key role in every stage of the development of Rio Bravo and they will continue to direct its work and contribute to the realization of the organization’s highest goals.  We count our volunteers among our most valuable and respected assets -individuals who give their valuable time, their special skills and their personal interest to the  benefit of the Rio Bravo Wildlife Institute and the community.  Our success since the organization’s inception has been possible only through our volunteers help, and the value of their contributions is reflected in our ability to conduct the programs and work which receive no direct support.



  • Outside Work

Trailkeepers:  maintain (clip back overgrowth, pick up trash) trails on a regular basis.  Assist the trail warriors in construction of new trails.

Gardeners: maintain one or more edible garden bed.  Assist with the planting, care and harvest of crops.

Volunteer hours are 9am to noon (open drop-in volunteer time) Tuesday – Thursday.

Naturalist Trainees: Participate in a six session outdoor training course covering our “hands-on” education programs (Rescuing Resacas, H2O kids, Hot Birds). Training held twice a year, call 956.504.9563 for information.

Volunteer Work Days:  help complete various projects at the Learning Center or on the trails.

Saturday work parties are the first Saturday of each month 9am to 2pm.  Call Lyle 956.203.7948 or the office (956.504.9563) to volunteer.

The Natural Gym:  a fun way to get fit and healthy.  Click Here for information


  • Indoor Work

Community Events Ambassadors: attend local events to help raise public awareness of RBWI.  Set up, take down table/booth.  Give presentations to community organizations and clubs.

Events: brainstorming new ideas, preparation, publicity, and work the day of event.

Make a difference as an intern!

Internship Program

We are looking for dynamic, energetic individuals searching for that stepping stone into the environmental profession. Rio Bravo’s Intern Program offers just that.  Internship positions require a three (3) month minimum commitment to the program.  Join the RBWI family and make that resume shine!

Interns are responsible for participating in all aspects of the organization, with an emphasis on environmental education and sustainability practices. Our internships are designed to foster and encourage individual growth, and instill skills in education, land stewardship sustainble practices, and non-profit administration. College credit is possible by special arrangement.

Qualifications: Science, Natural Resources, Sustainability and Education majors will gain the most benefit from Rio Bravo Internship program.  Business majors interested in Development, Communications and Marketing will gain valuable experience.

Objectives: To observe, and apply learned skills, and knowledge in environmental education, engineering, green architecture, sustainable agriculture and wildlife programs; and to participate in various aspects of a conservation non-profit organization.


*Gain experience by assisting in planning, preparing and conducting natural history, native wildlife, native plant, permaculture and aquaponic programs for school age children and the general public.

*Gain experieine in all phases of nature center work by assisting with specail events and general operations of the Learning Gardens.

*Gain experience by helping to create various marketing and public relations materials and presentations, assist in the coordination and preparation of special events, assist in aspects of fundraising.

* Gain experience in social media marketing by assisting with e-newsletter, blog, facebook and twitter pages.

*Travel with the Eco-Bus (farmers market and school presentations, bus scheduling and operations).

*Complete a project such as an aquaponic system, biofuel system, rain catchment system, etc.

Time Period: 12 weeks (3 months) minimum, weekly hours to be arranged.
All internships are open until filled, without set deadlines, however the time periods below work best if you are applying for an internship program that is connected to a local school.

Spring: March to May (deadline for application is February 15)

Summer: June to August (deadline for application is May15)

Fall: September to November (deadline for application is August 15)

Winter: December to February  (deadline for application is November 15)

Internshp opportunities starting in the Fall (2012)
Click Here for Application