Male volunteer cutting log with crosscut saw

Would you like to be a volunteer?

Do you have skills you'd like to share? Or perhaps skills you'd like to learn? We are currently seeking volunteers with professional, administrative, construction, trail building and maintenance, OHV, and interpretive skills to take part in a variety of jobs. 

Volunteering on the Cleveland National Forest can be a rewarding and educational experience, and there is much you can do to help. Join one of the existing affiliated volunteer organizations, become part of a sponsored group, or volunteer on your own. 

For information on how you can become a volunteer, click on one of the links below or contact the Ranger District nearest you.

Volunteer Application and Agreements:

The Volunteer Application AND the Voluntary Services Agreement are required.

There are many volunteer opportunities on the Cleveland National Forest, including:

  • Community service, scout, and youth projects
  • Education and outreach programs
  • Fee compliance and outreach
  • Fire lookout program
  • Recreation
  • Restoration and land stewardship
  • Technology and research
  • OHV
  • Trail maintenance and patrols
  • Wilderness patrols

National Public Lands Day:

Volunteers Needed for Campground Clean-Up and Maintenance on September 23, 2023 

For more information about this event, and to RSVP please email mia.somenek@usda.gov

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Volunteer Safety

We appreciate your time and commitment and want to make sure you have a good experience while on the forest. Your safety is important to us. To ensure that your experience is enjoyable/satisfying, please make sure to fill out required forms and take a look at the safety tips below. If you ever have a question or are unsure about something, please ask.

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Volunteer Opportunities on the Descanso RD

The Descanso Ranger District extends five miles from the Mexican border northward approximately 20 miles to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and is the furthest southern district in California. Our volunteers work in a variety of areas located within the district.

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