Volunteers & Service

“Our tradition of voluntary association is still vital. And its vitality is rooted in good soil -- civic pride, compassion, spiritual commitments, a sense of individual responsibility and, whatever cynics may say, a commitment to the great shared effort to improve our life together and to ensure a good future for our children and our children's children.”
John Gardner, 1979


Get Your "Tracks on the Ground"

Local volunteers help with a nest box, a wildlife opening, and structure maintenance project for the wildlife program.
Courtesy of Art Henderson, Talladega National Forest

Want to dig a site, spend your days in the backcountry, or host a campground in the mountains? Be a volunteer for the Forest Service.

There are many opportunities, everything from wilderness stewards and trail clearing to office work and campground hosts. Check out the Volunteer Opportunities to choose activitives and places to volunteer.

Working alone or with a group, Forest Service volunteers enjoy work that matches their interests and calendar. Look over the Who can Volunteer for more information. You can be part of the mission "Caring for the Land and Serving People."

Come join us! Being a Forest Service volunteer just might be one of the most memorable experiences you'll ever have. Look at the volunteer opportunities and contact a Volunteer Coordinator for more information.


40th Anniversary of the Volunteers in the National Forest Act

CYC members

May 18th, 2012 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Volunteers in the National Forest Act being signed into law. This act authorized the Secretary of Agriculture to recruit, train, and accept volunteers on National Forests and Grasslands.


  • Volunteer Monthly Safety Message
    The Forest Service is concerned about your safety as a volunteer. Safety is part of each work day; no job is so urgent or important that it cannot be done safely.
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Enjoy Your National Forest, Be A Volunteer