The U.S. Mission in Saudi Arabia is looking for American citizens resident in the Kingdom to assist as wardens in communicating with the American community in the event of an emergency.
The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh provides services to U.S. Citizens in the provinces of Al Jawf, Ha’il, Al Qasim, Ar Riyadh, and Ar Hudud and Al Shaliyah. The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh’s seeking wardens in Turayf, Arar, Sakaka, Hail, Alkharj, and Wadi Al-Dawasir. If you are interested in serving as a warden, please email RiyadhACS@state.gov.
The U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah provides assistance to U.S. citizens in the Western region of Saudi Arabia, including the provinces of Tabuk, Medina, Mecca, Asir, Al Bahah, Jizan and Najran. The U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah’s seeking wardens in Tabuk, Medina, Khamis Mushait, Abha, Jazan, Taif, and Al Baha. If you are interested in serving as a warden, please email JeddahACS@state.gov.
The U.S. Consulate General Dhahran serves the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran’s seeking wardens in Khafji and in Hafr al Batn. If you are interested in serving as a warden, please email DhahranACS@state.gov.
Learn More about Wardens
What is a warden?
- A private American citizen resident in a foreign country who volunteers to assist consular sections in disaster preparedness, welfare & whereabouts, and alerting fellow Americans to emergency situations.
- Wardens often have close ties to the U.S. expat community; therefore they are often the fastest and most effective route to distributing information to Americans and are essential when normal communication channels fail.
- They facilitate distribution of routine administrative information (changes in section work hours, procedures, embassy closures, and voting information) of interest to the U.S. private community
- Wardens provide important, timely safety and security information, which might include the times and locations of upcoming local demonstrations, areas of potential unrest due to local celebrations or elections, or information about a specific medical issue.
- The U.S. State Department is constantly looking for new ways to distribute information to the public, so we are open to suggestions. U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide rely on different communication methods to disseminate information to wardens and stay in touch with them:
- Email/ text messages (SMS) are the most commonly used
- Telephone, radios and faxes: in distant locations that lack the infrastructure and communication technology
- Community online blogs and social networks (e.g., within your housing community or employee association, and sharing from our Twitter @KSA_ACS and Facebook pages for U.S. Embassy Riyadh and Consulate General Jeddah)
Beyond the Call of Duty
- Providing updates about situations in their district
- Assisting/encouraging the registration of newcomers in STEP
- Assisting in crisis: natural disasters, civil unrest, etc.
- Alerting American citizens without immediate e-mail or internet access to emergency situations
- Disseminating information about routine topics such as voter registration, income taxes, etc. If you are interested in serving as warden, please email the ACS unit of the nearest embassy or consulate where you reside or work in Saudi Arabia.