You work hard. You get dirty. Your muscles get tired and sore. You get blisters, bug bites and rained on. You don’t get paid and you call it fun. You are a volunteer! You are the heartbeat of the Forest Service. Here on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest volunteers perform a variety of activities from forest conservation to trail restoration.

Volunteering for the US Forest Service

Eagle Watcher Volunteer Stewardship Program

Become a Eagle Watcher and teach the public about the Skagit River Bald Eagles. Equipped with spotting scopes and field guides, volunteers work three six-hour shifts at stations along the Skagit River during peak eagle viewing months.

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Opportunities with the Snoqualmie Ranger District

Volunteer Ranger Steve Thomas clearing out log debris on Mt. Defiance. Photo Credit: Steve's hiking partner, Jerry.

Snoqualmie Ranger District encompasses almost 350,000 acres of land, including 110,000 acres within the Alpine Lakes, Norse Peak, and Clearwater Wilderness areas. Full and part-time volunteers are needed at all levels of difficulty.

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Become a Mountain Steward

View of Mt. Baker from the North Mountain Lookout.

The Mountain Stewards program is celebrating over 15 years of public service! Come join us for another fun, rewarding season out on the trails in the beautiful Mt. Baker area. Mountain Stewards are volunteers 18 years and older who help teach backcountry travelers about Leave No Trace and wilderness ethics, and natural history on the Mt. Baker Ranger District's trail systems.

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Trail Restoration & Construction

Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA)
The Pacific Crest Trail was built with the sweat and determination of volunteers and agency partners with the idea that building a trail from Mexico to Canada would benefit future generations. Volunteers on the 2,650-mile long Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail can participate in the adopt-a-trail program or take part in regularly scheduled weekend projects (one-three days) and volunteer vacations (five-10 days).


Iron Goat Trail
Help build and maintain the Iron Goat Trail. This historic recreational trail follows the abandoned Great Northern Railway line located in the Stevens Pass area of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.


Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association
This non-profit organization advocates four-wheel drive outdoor recreation while preserving the environment. Members promote leave no trace practices.


Back Country Horsemen of Washington
These volunteers help keep trails open for all users. They teach riders Leave-No-Trace practices and work with natural resource agencies to keep public lands open to recreational stock use.


Washington Trails Association
Each year hundreds of people join Washington Trails Association as volunteers - on the trail, in the office and with the public at events. WTA schedules more than 600 work parties each year, contributing 80,000 hours of trail work in Washington state. You don't need to have any prior experience (or be particularly strong) to join - just sign up for a work party.


Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
This non-profit recruits, organizes and trains volunteers to perform trail construction and maintenance and to restore natural habitat while preserving the rich heritage found in Washington State.


Youth Opportunities

These organizations partner with the US Forest Service: