Desolation Wilderness Volunteer Program

Season: June through September - 6 day commitment over the course of the season.
Public Interest Meeting:  Early Spring
The Eldorado National Forest is searching for a few dedicated volunteers who enjoy working, and sharing their passion for the preservation of our wild lands. Please come to an informational meeting to learn more about Wilderness volunteer opportunities, what is required to become a volunteer and how your help is crucial to meeting our 10 year Wilderness stewardship challenge. Call the closest contact for information.


[Photo]: Wilderness volunteers talking with visitors.Volunteers work closely with Agency Wilderness Staff and can choose from a variety of project based resource management activities: trail maintenance; campsite restoration and monitoring; visitor education; interpretive programming and Wilderness permit office support. Field projects involve hiking in moderate to difficult terrain and require a good level of physical fitness. We ask our volunteers to make a minimum commitment of six days per season.

Are you up for the challenge? If so, come join us for an opportunity to make a difference in the legacy we will pass on to our future generations.

Desolation Wilderness Volunteer program is a cooperative effort between the Eldorado National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Its goals include increasing community involvement in wilderness management and enhancing the experiences of Desolation visitors. Funded entirely through donations collected at wilderness trailheads, the volunteer program is an example of the crucial role that members of the public play in caring for wilderness.

Each year the Forest Service seeks wilderness enthusiasts to join the Desolation volunteer team! If you have further questions please contact us at the numbers listed below.

Project Lead:

Dustin Bell - Eldorado National Forest
Pacific Ranger Station
7887 Highway 50
Pollock Pines, CA 95726
(530) 647-5439
(530) 647-5405 Fax 

Volunteer Coordinator:

Desolation Volunteer Coordinator - Eldorado National Forest
Pacific Ranger Station
7887 Highway 50
Pollock Pines, CA 95726
(530) 644-2349
(530) 647-5405 Fax

LTBMU Contact:

Don Lane -Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
35 College Drive, SLT, CA
(530) 543-2600