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A CORBA Volunteer saws through a tree on the El Prieto Trail. Photo: Robin McGuire

Volunteer with Angeles National Forest

The Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument have a large and vibrant volunteer program. Volunteers play a major role in the stewardship of our public lands and work in almost every area of the forest.

You are invited to join our volunteer team and become a steward of the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument! Nationwide, you will join a team of more than 3.1 million volunteers who, since 1972, have provided more than 136 million hours of service valued at over $1.8 billion.

Volunteers may also earn an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass or a Southern California Adventure Pass for their contributions to the Angeles National Forest.

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Who can volunteer?

Many schools, churches, community groups, friends groups, businesses, and others have contributed their time and resources.
Almost any U.S. citizen or permanent resident can volunteer for the Forest Service, subject to a few restrictions.

The requirements are:

  • Service Description – The service description and essential eligibility criteria establish the nondiscriminatory basic functions, and therefore the abilities, required for volunteer service in the individual position or project. A volunteer must be able to meet all of the elements within the service description. Local volunteer coordinators or supervisors write these criteria for each volunteer position. Office of Personnel Management qualification requirements (position descriptions) don’t apply.
  • Age – volunteer under the age of 18 must have written consent (OF-301a) of his or her parent or guardian to enroll. Federal and State child labor laws apply.
  • Citizenship – Foreign nationals must apply through the Forest Service’s International Visitor Program before volunteering. Permanent residents (green card holders) may volunteer the same as citizens. Find out more about the International Visitor Program.

What can volunteers do?

Volunteers give interpretive talks, conduct artist workshops, staff fire lookouts, work with school groups, monitor endemic species, revegetate burned areas, pick up litter, build trails, rove wilderness areas, study stream conditions, provide information at visitor centers, and so much more. As you can see, volunteers are the heartbeat of the forest, contributing enthusiasm, skills, and time towards Caring for the Land and Serving People.

How to volunteer?

graphic of person thinkingIf you're looking for a volunteer outing or one-time commitment, consider joining a scheduled Single Day Volunteer Event. They're designed for volunteers to show up, learn the project and safety information, and contribute for a day.

If you're looking for more than one day of volunteering, consider joining a Volunteer Group, or signing up as an Individual Volunteer. The types of volunteer work vary for each type of activity and/or season. 

Visit our partner’s website, trailangeles.org, to learn more about volunteer groups and how to join one today.