Volunteering

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. The Forest Service uses volunteers for a variety of programs. 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. The types of projects depend on our funding, what needs to get done and the complexity of the project. 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. Students may volunteer to earn college credits through a college-approved intern program, or to become familiar with Forest Service activities and philosophy. Retirees often find volunteering gives them a new opportunity to share their skills. The commitment you make is up to you. Training may be provided to you if your job requires it. If you are retired or have summers free, you may wish to live on a national forest while you work as a volunteer. College students may perform volunteer service related to their coursework for college credit. A variety of jobs are available if you prefer the office environment. There are also numerous opportunities to perform vigorous but satisfying physical labor. 

 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/sawtooth/workingtogether/volunteering