Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteers are the Heartbeat of the US Forest Service.

Volunteering in the National Forest can offer valuable experience and life long memories. Give it a try! Write or call the volunteer coordinator at your nearest Forest Service office for information and a volunteer application.

Volunteer service in the Forest Service was formalized in the Volunteers in the National Forest Act of 1972. The national forests, grasslands, and prairies are there for you to enjoy because many people have served over numerous years to preserve, protect and improve them.

Now you can give something back by volunteering.

Please visit the forest website for details on the exciting volunteer opportunities that await you there.


What Captures Your Interest?

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.

Who can volunteer?

Why Volunteer?

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Working with the Forest Service and fellow volunteers is an opportunity to see what our National Forests have to offer in a way beneficial to both yourself and the forest. The commitment you make is up to you.

  • It can give you the opportunity to pursue a special interest, such as bird watching or hiking.
  • Develop or diversify your job experience and career choices.
  • Earn credit towards college with volunteer internships.
  • If you are retired or have summers free, live on a national forest while you work as a volunteer.
  • Perform vigorous but satisfying physical labor outdoors.
  • Meet people and form new friendships, or gain self-satisfaction in providing community service.
  • Spending time in the outdoors, enjoying the company of your fellow volunteers and visitors, can give you a new perspective on other facets of your life.


  • Passport in Time
    Passport in Time, Forest Service.

    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.

  • Volunteer.gov
    Volunteer.gov logo

    The Volunteer.gov Portal is a free, fast, and efficient way to connect citizens interested in volunteer service with natural and cultural resources agencies.

  • Corporation for National and Community Service
    Corporation for National and Community Service

    Established in 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its core programs—AmeriCorps and Senior Corps—and national volunteer efforts.