Volunteering

)Why should I volunteer?

A photo of Volunteers planting a tree at Mitchell Monument during National Public Lands Day 2015

 

Volunteers plant a tree at Mitchell Monument during National Public Lands Day 2015 in Bly, Oregon. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

Your interests and experiences can help with just about any aspect of the agency’s work except law enforcement and firefighting. You will become part of an army of more than 2.8 million volunteers who, since 1972, have provided more than 123 million hours of service that is valued at about $1.4 billion. Volunteering provides you a great opportunity to:

  • Give back to your community
  • Improve Forests and Grasslands
  • Learn about natural and cultural conservation
  • Meet new people and form friendships

Volunteers may also earn an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass and be recognized nationally or locally.

Who can volunteer?

  • Anyone can volunteer - minors need parental consent

  • Churches, schools, community organizations, friends groups, businesses, or any other group

  • International visitors - find out more about the International Visitor Program

What can volunteers do?

 

A photo of Volunteers help repair a footbridge in Fremont-Winema National Forest, Oregon

 

Volunteers help repair a footbridge in Fremont-Winema National Forest, Oregon. Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service

Volunteer activities can be tailored to your specific talents and interest or you can take advantage of opportunities to learn new skills.

  • Help manage campgrounds
  • Interact with the public at visitor centers
  • Help run events and lead projects, like National Public Lands Day
  • Build trails
  • Inventory wildlife and plants
  • Serve as fire lookouts
  • And much more 

How do I get started?

Features

Additional Volunteer Opportunites

The Angeles National Forest - San Gabriel Mountains National Monument partners with many organizations who share similar goals of recruiting, training, and working with volunteers. Below are just a few of these. Follow this link for additional volunteer opportunities of organizations who are actively recruiting volunteer support. Feel free to contact any of these organizations directly to volunteer. Websites listed for the volunteer organizations are not Forest Service web sites. 


TreePeople

The Angeles National Forest will partner with Treepeople, a Los Angeles-based environmental nonprofit organization, in coordinating tree planting by volunteers in the Station Fire burn area. 

Spotlights

Habitatwork

Habitatwork Organization

Interested in helping with habitat restoration projects such as invasive plant species removal?  Follow this link to the Habitatwork organization web sit...

San Gabriel Mountains Trail Builders

San Gabriel Mountains Trail Buidlers

If you are interested in helping with trail maintenance and restoration, Follow this link to the San Gabriel Mountains Trail Builders web page.