Working Together Preserving the Public Lands Legacy

Step intallation on the Dead Dog Trail

In recent years the Forest Service has experienced an increase in demand for volunteer opportunities; people want to get involved to make a difference, restore landscapes, improve their resume and meet like-minded individuals. National statistics show that citizens are taking advantage of volunteering opportunities on public lands and the results are astounding!

The Santa Fe National Forest is proud to host partnerships with volunteers (individuals and groups, alike) and will continue to reach out to those groups and individuals who have not yet experienced volunteering on the Santa Fe National Forest. 

Erosion control on the Big T. Trail

Volunteering with the Santa Fe National Forest is fun and easy because there are so many ways to get involved. Depending on your area of preference, we offer volunteer opportunities near Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Pecos, Espanola, Las Vegas, Jemez, Cuba, and Coyote. If you like working outside or working with people, an opportunity may be awaiting you to get involved. Plus, the Forest welcomes all user groups to participate in projects that benefit the trails and landscape. Examples include organized workdays on trails, trail adoptions, campground hosting, and trail and trash patrols. For many of the opportunities, no experience is necessary and you will be trained for the volunteer duties.

Of course, the Forest Service emphasizes safety at all turns, which means safety precautions and personal protection equipment is required for many of the projects because safety is everyone’s responsibility. Your help in making safety a number one priority for volunteer projects is appreciated.

Please follow the links below to Forest-wide and District/area-focused opportunities. If you have specific skills or an interest to get involved, you have come to the right place and we’re glad you’re here!


Ranger District Volunteer Opportunities

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The five Ranger Districts on the Santa Fe National Forest host a variety of volunteer projects and opportunities every year.  Click on the link to find a Ranger District's volunteer opportunities. 

Forest-wide Volunteer Opportunities

District Archeologist works with Alternative Spring Break to survey old buildlings in Caja del Rio.

The Santa Fe Site Stewards and Friends of the Santa Fe National Forest provide many forest-wide opportunities to get involved. Click on this link to find out more about volunteer opportunities offered throughout the Forest.