Giving and Receiving
Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Forest Service. Stewardship of the national forests is everyone's responsibility. The national forests and grasslands are there for you to enjoy because so many people have served over numerous years to preserve, protect, and improve them. Now you can give something back by volunteering.
Types of Volunteering
The types of work a volunteer can perform are many and varied. Certain types of work, however, such as law enforcement and fire fighting, cannot be volunteered for. Your talents and skills are matched with your work preference to obtain a role that satisfies you and best fulfills the mission of the Forest Service.
Your services are much needed, because the Forest Service, like other government agencies, has a limited budget. But volunteering isn't just beneficial for the forests, it benefits you. Simply put: it's fun! It can give you the opportunity to pursue a special interest, such as bird-watching or hiking. It has the potential to enrich and improve your life. Spending time in the outdoors and enjoying the company of your fellow volunteers and visitors can give you a new perspective on other facets of your life. You'll find that being immersed in the beauty of the national forests and experiencing the environment is a special way to relax.
You may work on a part-time or full-time basis. You can participate in a one-time project or serve over several months, a season, or year-round. The commitment you make is up to you. Training may be provided to you if your job requires it.
For more information on serving as a volunteer contact the ranger district where you would like to work and ask for the volunteer coordinator.
Volunteering on the Cave Creek Ranger District
The Cave Creek Ranger District has a very active OHV Volunteer Program:
Do you own an Off-Highway Vehicle?
Do you enjoy motorized recreation on your public lands across Arizona?
The Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Arizona State Parks need YOUR HELP to maintain motorized trails, educate people about OHV and outdoor ethics, and numerous other opportunities. Become an Ambassador and be a part of a community working to promote responsible OHV use on the land.
Please follow this link for more information: http://azstateparks.com/ohv/ambassadors.html. We look forward to working with you!
Volunteering on the Mesa Ranger District
The Mesa Ranger District covers 444,000 acres and is located in the central southern portion of the Tonto National Forest, with the district office located at 5140 E Ingram St., Mesa. The district’s proximity to the Phoenix metro area, with a population of over three million residents, gives rise to many volunteer opportunities. More
Volunteering on the Pleasant Valley Ranger District: camp hosts needed
Pleasant Valley Ranger District (PVRD), Tonto National Forest, needs reliable camp hosts May - September. The ranger district lies between Globe and Payson north of Roosevelt Lake. PVRD features cool temperatures, fishing, hiking, abundant wildlife and bird watching. Duties include public contact, camp checks, answering questions, assisting with campground cleanup, and coordinating with district employees. A self-contained unit is needed. There are no hook-ups but PVRD provides propane and water. Please call the PVRD office: 928-462-4300.
Volunteering for the Tonto's Noxious Weed Program
Volunteers are a very important part of the Tonto’s invasive plant management program. Many organizations and individuals give their time to helping the Forest control noxious weeds. If you have a group, or belong to an organization that would like to conduct an invasive weed control volunteer day on the Forest, contact the Forest’s Noxious Weed Program Manager, Patti Fenner, at 602-225-5386.
If you are an individual, please check out the websites: www.voaz.org and outdoorvolunteer.org.
The Forest regularly posts volunteer days on these websites, where you can learn more about projects and sign up for them.
We host many Eagle Scout projects. The scouts not only provide a valuable service for our public lands, but learn about noxious weeds and the harm they cause to ecosystems. The Tonto is large, with many opportunities to make a difference by controlling invasive plants. Projects can be customized for time of year, part of the Forest, elevation, and group size.
See information on recent invasive plant control projects where volunteers were involved »