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. Learn more about volunteering and award recipients on the Forest Service Volunteers webpage.
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. 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!
You Can Receive the “America the Beautiful” Volunteer Pass
What 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? 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 the qualification and benefits of the Interagency Volunteer Pass on National Lands see the variety of passes showing details of each at the Recreation Fees and Passes webpage.
Passport in Time
Passport in Time (PIT) is a volunteer cultural heritage resources program sponsored by the US Forest Service, and which now includes such partners as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), some State Parks and work with Historicorps. PIT volunteers work with professional archaeologists and historians on public lands throughout the U.S. on such diverse activities as archaeological survey and excavation, rock art restoration, archival research, historic structure restoration, oral history gathering, and analysis and curation of artifacts.