Volunteers help clear and repair trails.Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Forest Service. The types of work a volunteer can perform are many and varied; the only tasks a volunteer cannot carry out are those associated with law enforcement. Your talents and skills are matched with your work preference to obtain a role that satisfies you and best fulfills the mission of the Forest Service/USDA.

Volunteers walk many miles per day when doing plant surveys.You may work on a part-time or full-time basis. You can participate in a one-time project or serve over several months, seasons, or year-round. The commitment you make is up to you. Training may be provided to you if your job requires it.

The diversity of projects and positions available offers each person a chance to participate in an activity that meets their individual or group interests. Trail work, campground host, bird surveys, conservation education, fire lookout, Adopt-A-Trail, information receptionist, and wilderness restoration projects are a few examples of what may be available. Other possibilities might include working in the field with biologists, botanists, archaeologists, recreation rangers, and other Forest Service personnel.

Volunteers carry tools while hiking to their work site.Volunteering on the Modoc National Forest can offer valuable experience and life long memories. Give it a try!

Write or call the volunteer coordinator at the office of the Modoc National Forest Supervisor for information and a volunteer application.  

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Passport in Time Link opens in a new window
    Passport in Time (PIT) is a volunteer program of the US Forest Service. PIT provides opportunities for the public to work with professional archaeologists and historians on national forests and grasslands across the country.
  • Serve.gov volunteer opportunities Link opens in a new window
    Serve.gov is your online resource for not only finding volunteer opportunities in your community, but also creating your own.
  • Nationwide Volunteer Opportunities in Federal Recreation Areas Link opens in a new window
    Camp hosts, student internships and educational volunteer opportunities are posted here.