You can help care for public lands, serve the public, gain new skills and work in the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge as a Forest Service volunteer. With so many trails and so much to do, we need your help more than ever!

We are always looking for a wide variety of knowledge and skills, including campground hosting, trail maintainence, trail ranger, fishery biology, clerical, photography, interpretation, visitor services and hydrology. From 16-year-old youths to senior citizens, our volunteers are all ages.

Contact us: Call (541) 308-1700 / TTY (541) 386-8758 or email us for information about volunteering.

Stewardship & Interpretation Opportunities:

Trail Maintenance Opportunities

Contact: Edan Lira, 541-308-1727 or elira@fs.fed.us

Workers in hard hats on a lumber bridge near a flowing river.Trail volunteers are critical to the trail systems in the Columbia River Gorge. Trail crew volunteers are given training in the safe use of various handtools, training in proper trail maintenance and construction and a behind-the-scenes look at all the hard work that goes into maintaining the awesome trails in the Gorge. Newcomers are always welcome and there is lots of fun (and sometimes food) to be had!

Volunteer opportunities are organized by multiple local groups that partner with the Forest Service. Connect one of the groups below to get involved:

Earn a Recreation Pass!

You can earn an annual Northwest Forest Pass by volunteering for two days of trail maintenance. The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Mt. Hood National Forest and Gifford Pinchot National Forest coordinate trail maintainence events for this program.

Contact the following local offices:

  • Mt. Hood National Forest (503) 668-1400
  • Gifford Pinchot National Forest (360) 891-5045
  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (541) 308-1700

Opportunities for Young People

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area hosts a Summer Youth Program when funding allows. Please contact us for more information about future opportunities. Make sure to review all the Opportunities For Young People with the Forest Service to get involved.

Campground and Site Hosts

Want to spend a summer in an epic place where scenery, history, and recreational opportunities abound? Our site hosts, which live on-site in their own RV or trailer, help connect our visitors to the natural world. We have traditional campground hosts and day use hosts who live on-site during the recreation season. 

Passport in Time

Passport in Time (PIT) is a volunteer cultural heritage resources program where volunteers work with professional archaeologists and historians on public lands.