Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Forest Service.

Volunteers are the heart of the Forest Service


All kinds of rewarding volunteer opportunities are available at the National Forests in Alabama, including trail maintenance, fish and wildlife management, recreation area management, environmental education, interpretation, public information plus many other things. 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.

The commitment you make is up to you. You may work on a part-time or full-time basis. You can participate in a one-time project or serve over several months, seasons, or year-round. Training may be provided to you if your job requires it. If you are retired or have summers free, you may wish to live on a national forest while you work as a volunteer. College students may perform volunteer service related to their coursework for college credit. A variety of jobs are available if you prefer the office environment. There are also numerous opportunities to perform vigorous but satisfying physical labor outdoors.

People interested in volunteering should contact the nearest Forest Service office or Volunteer Coordinator Tammy Freeman Brown in the Supervisor’s Office in Montgomery at (334) 832-4470.

Volunteer Opportunities on the National Forests of Alabama

National Forests in Alabama Supervisor's Office

Bankhead Ranger Forest District

Conecuh Ranger District

Talladega and Shoal Creek Ranger Districts

Tuskegee National Forest Ranger District


Talladega National Forest, Shoal Creek and Talladega Districts

The Forest Service honors John Calhoun and many other volunteers with an annual volunteer pass into

Nature enthusiast, John Calhoun, appreciates the beauty and serenity within the National Forests in Alabama.

Bankhead National Forest

Wild South Helping Hands Volunteer Group

Wild South Helping Hands Volunteer Group


Ray Bittle - A Friend Who is Improving the Talladega National Forest

Volunteer Ray Bittle

You might call Ray Bittle a man for all seasons. Whether it’s spring, summer, winter or fall, you can find Ray involved in some type of volunteer activity on the Talladega NF.

Here come the COGS!

Sylaward Sign

Cyclists of Greater Sylacauga (COGS) are the premier volunteer group who maintain the 14-mile Sylaward Mountain Bike Trail at Lake Howard, just northeast of Sylacauga. 

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