It’s about People, just like you....Our volunteers and partners contribute to a wide variety of tasks on the Sierra National Forest. 

Volunteer Opportunities Now Available

Wilderness Ranger

The Sierra National Forest is seeking wilderness volunteer rangers to carry on their passion and enthusiasm for protecting and preserving our Wilderness areas. Rangers will experience the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness, as well as the lesser-known Dinkey Lakes, Kaiser and Monarch Wilderness Areas. 2021 Wilderness Ranger Volunteer Intern Opportunities



The following are some volunteer opportunities and duty descriptions that are offered here. 

Fire Lookout Volunteers Fire Lookout Volunteers report fires from lookouts, which enable  firefighters to engage in fires early on before it develops into larger incidents.  In addition, the volunteer teaches wildfire prevention to the public.
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Volunteer Clubs contribute to projects, such as Adopt-A-Trial and Adopt-A-Campground. The volunteers provide general trail maintenance and campground maintenance, such as clearing trails of downed trees, repair waterbars, trail signs, maintain cleanliness of campgrounds, and other duties.
Recreation Facilities Volunteers perform general facilities and ground maintenance; which includes cleaning and painting restrooms, making repairs to buildings located at remote trailheads, trim branches, and other duties.
Wilderness Volunteer Rangers Trail Maintenance Volunteers perform routine trail maintenance through brushing and limbing, tread work, tree removal, grubbing out roots and stubs, water bar cleaning and installation, installing drainage dips, and repairing other structures as needed.  Trail maintenance serves to renew and restore degraded, damaged, or destroyed areas in the Forest.
Volunteers from the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew are involved with marijuana garden restoration through removing non-native materials from Forest Service managed lands.  They clean up and dismantle abandoned marijuana grow sites, remove many miles of irrigation line, drain man-made ponds and swimming pools use for irrigation.
  Volunteers are the heart of this organization, shaping its vision, enlivening its mission, and achieving its goal to maintain and promote recreational trail access. Many volunteer options exist. 

Volunteer Campground Hosts greet and inform day use and overnight visitors about the rules and regulations pertaining to the Sierra National Forest. In addition, the volunteer provides interpretive information to visitors based on Forest Service approved interpretive materials. 

Wildlife Surveying Volunteers are trained to operate FS vehicles safely, field safety, wildlife protocols, equipment use (including radio), and general rules and regulations. Duties include: following wildlife survey protocols, utilizing the radio caller to illicit wildlife animal, listening and identifying wildlife calls, and completing survey forms and compiling data.

These are only some of the many volunteer opportunities that are offered.   

If you are interested in spending time volunteering for the Sierra National Forest and don’t know what you want to do, fill out the Volunteer Application Form at the following link:  Volunteer Service Application and send it to Julio Gaxiola by email to julio.gaxiola@usda.gov or Rosa-Lee Jimenez to rosa-lee.jimenez@usda.gov . If you would like to mail  in the applicatio please sent it to: Volunteer Coordinator SNF, 1600 Tollhouse Rd., Clovis CA. 93611. We will match you accordingly to your interest and initiate a Volunteer Service Agreement (OMB 0596-0080 ex.10/2021). 


Sierra National Forest Volunteer Training Program Calendar

These partnerships improve our potential to preserve open space, reduce hazadardous vegetation (fuels) and the threat of wildfire, better manage recreational areas, and much, much more. Together we have demonstrated a commitment to sustainable operations, and a more resilient ecosystem. 

At this time there are no Volunteer Training Opportunites due to our response to COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of our employees, volunteers and the public.

Sierra National Forest Volunteer Accomplishments

Wilderness Volunteer in the field

It’s about People, just like you....Our volunteers and partners contribute to a wide variety of tasks on the Sierra National Forest. 
They provide assistance in almost every program area on our forest, including visitor centers, trail maintenance and repair, patrolling the forest during the winter season, enhancing our recreation sites by keeping them clean and maintained, providing conservation education programs to the public, and more!