Volunteer Opportunities

The US Forest Service Volunteer Program has something for almost everyone: retirees, professionals, homemakers, students, as well as service clubs and organizations. If you like people and care about our country's natural resources, the Forest Service needs your time and talents.

Some volunteers work full-time for several months, while others donate a few hours a day each week, or contribute a one-time service. An opportunity may become available for a student volunteer to earn college credits through a college-approved intern program, or to become familiar with Forest Service activities and philosophy. Many individuals have found their volunteer experience has guided them towards job interest and possible careers. Retirees or others with skills to share often find that a volunteer position provides them with a nice change of pace. Many retirees love to spend their summers in their RV as a campground host.

Some volunteer positions provide housing or a free campground site, uniform, and/or reimbursement for certain out of pocket expenses, depending on the nature and location of the volunteer project and the availability of funds.

Visit www.volunteer.gov and browse the available volunteer opportunities across the United States. You can search by location, type of activity, opportunity description, and much more. (Note that the Highlights section in the column to the right shows the opportunities listed at www.volunteer.gov for each state and National Forest in the Intermountain Region.)  If you find some interesting positions, fill out the online application.

Available opportunities change frequently throughout the year, so visit often.

If you’re not quite ready to apply for an opportunity, contact the person listed by the position for more information. Some of the questions you may want to ask are:

  • What kind of weather should I expect?
  • What equipment might I need?
  • What specific challenges and opportunities does the project present?
  • Can I volunteer for a longer or shorter period?

We appreciate your willingness to donate your services. The unit you agree to serve is depending on you!


Volunteering for the Public Lands Just Got More Rewarding!

Introducing the “America the Beautiful” Volunteer Pass

Little girl looking out of tent onto mountain sceneWhat are the benefits of the pass? The pass covers entrance and/or standard amenity fees on lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and Bureau of Land Management. Passes are valid for one year from the issuance date.

How can I qualify for a Volunteer Pass? (Effective April 2012) Accrue 250 hours of volunteer service on participating Federal public lands, and you can receive an America the Beautiful Volunteer Pass in recognition of your efforts. Simply coordinate tracking of your hours with your volunteer supervisor or volunteer coordinator and they can request the pass for you.

For information related to earning the Volunteer Pass on National Forest lands or Volunteer Opportunities within the US Forest Service, please contact Bill Lyons at blyons@fs.fed.us or (801) 625-5458.

Wilderness Volunteers

Wilderness Volunteers is a nonprofit organization whose Mission is stewardship of America's wild lands through organizing and promoting volunteer service in cooperation with public lands agencies. There are many wilderness service projects available within Region 4 Forest Service lands.


Employee Volunteer Efforts

The Intermountain Region recognizes some of the great volunteer work performed by U.S. Forest Service employees in their local communities. Learn how these federal employees are contributing as local residents.