Volunteers are the crucial to the daily operations of the Forest Service. Volunteer activities are as varied and diverse as the backgrounds and skills of the individuals who volunteer, including environmental education, nature walks, trail and facility maintenance, campground hosting, visitor center reception and so much more. There is certainly an opportunity for you at your local National Forest.
Coronado National Forest, with the five districts in southern Arizona, has year round opportunities where you can volunteer part-time or full-time, seasonally or just for a specific project. All volunteer activities require a minimal amount of training and of course, some paperwork. Some volunteer opportunities can earn you college credit, community service, or a volunteer interagency pass award.
How Do You Apply?
Most of the volunteer work on the forest is accomplished through the efforts of our partners. Southeast Arizona Outdoors hosts outdoor volunteer events that our partners sponsor on the Coronado National Forest and they also provide volunteers the opportunity to affiliate with special interest groups (hiking, climbing, off-highway riding, birding, etc.).The Friends groups operate Coronado National Forest visitor, historic, and interpretive centers. Below are the links to our partner organizations that sponsor volunteers who assist with the daily operations of the Coronado National Forest. Volunteering for a partner organization that conducts operations and events on Forest Service land qualifes as being a Forest Service Volunteer.
You can also check out volunteer opportunities such as campground hosts on Forest Service units throughout the United States as well as volunteer opportunities with numerous other federal agencies at Volunteer.gov.
We strongly encourage potential volunteers to fill neeede vacancies posted on Volunteer.gov or volunteer with our partner organizations. Thank you for your interest in volunteering.
The national forests and grasslands are public lands set aside for the enjoyment of everyone. Being stewards of public lands is a way to help preserve, protect and maintain the areas you recreate. Your efforts are much needed and appreciated because the Forest Service, like other federal land management agencies, have a declining budget.
Volunteering is a way to enjoy a special interest, meet new people, be outdoors, explore hidden natural treasures, exert some energy, and more.
Who Can Volunteer with the Forest Service?
Anyone who is interested can volunteer. We welcome individuals and groups from our communities with diverse backgrounds, abilities, lifestyles, and ages! Volunteers under the age of 18 must have written consent of their parents or guardians. Volunteers must be in good health to allow them to perform their duties without risk to themselves or others. A medical exam, paid for by the Federal Government, may be required for some volunteer activities.
Partner volunteer organizations
Yes. Joining an existing organization is good way to learn the ropes and become familiar with the volunteer community. Presently, volunteer organizations on the Coronado National Forest include the following:
- Arizona Native Plant Society-Santa Cruz
- Friends of Kentucky Camp
- Friends of Madera Canyon
- Green Valley Hiking Club
- Tucson Audubon Society
- Catalina State Park Buffel Slayers
- Climbing Association of Southern Arizona
- Desert Dual Sport
- Friends of Redington Pass
- Friends of Sabino Canyon
- Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist
- Santa Catalina Volunteer Patrol
- Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclist
- Southern Arizona Hiking Club
- Southern Arizona Rescue Association
- Tucson Off-Road Cyclists and Activists
- Arizona Site Stewards
- Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
- Arizona State Assoc of 4WD Clubs
- Arizona Trail Association
- Arizona Wilderness Coalition
- Borderlands Restoration Network
- Central Arizona Grotto
- Latino Outdoor Tucson Chapter
- National Wild Turkey Federation
- Sky Island Alliance
- Southern Arizona Grotto
- Trail Riders of Southern Arizona
- Tucson Rough Riders
- The Wilderness Society