“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax



  • Volunteers are the Heartbeat of the US Forest Service

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    Volunteering on a National Forest can be a rewarding and educational experience. Volunteer service in the Forest Service was formalized in the Volunteers in the National Forest Act of 1972. file pdf icon 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. Volunteering on a National Forest can be a rewarding and educational experience.

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.

Why Volunteer?

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.

Volunteer Service Agreements

Local Opportunities

  • Yosemite Climbing Association

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    The Yosemite Facelift, launched in 2003, by YCA Founder and President, Ken Yager, in Yosemite National Park (YNP) has become a popular annual volunteer cleanup collaboration between the YCA, YNP, and multiple partners and sponsors. The specific purpose of this corporation is to preserve and protect historic artifacts of Yosemite climbing, and to educate and raise public awareness about and interest in Yosemite climbing.

  • Tuolumne River Trust

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    When it comes to education, TRT is hitting the ground running. Thanks to Tuolumne River Trust’s education programs, tens of thousands of youth across the watershed have been given the opportunity to learn about the origin of their water, the forests, fish, and fun they can have on and off the river. TRT’s education programs All Children Thrive, Tuolumne River Adventure Club, and Trekking the Tuolumne have continued to shape and inspire the river stewards of the future.

  • Arnold Rim Trail Association

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    Established in 2007, the Arnold Rim Trail Association (ARTA) is a group of community volunteers who work collaboratively with the Forest Service at the Hathaway Pines District Office to construct and maintain the Arnold Rim Trail. Working together, ARTA and the Forest Service engage with local agencies, homeowners, and business associations.

  • Groveland Trail Heads

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    The Groveland Trail Heads mountain bicycling club, established in January, 2013 is an educational association, non-profit 501c(3) Chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association(IMBA)whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for all trail users. We have been partnering with the Stanislaus National Forest’s Groveland Ranger District to develop a public use, mountain bike specific trail system as well as develop more multi use trails in and around Groveland, CA and Southern Tuolumne County

  • Bear Valley Trail Stewardship

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    The BVTS is a non-profit 501 c3 corporation that maintains, restores and builds multi-use trails in the greater Bear Valley area of the Stanislaus National Forest. We are a relatively new volunteer community organization that was founded in 2017. Our mission is to grow and enhance the greater Bear Valley and Ebbetts Pass corridor communities by working with the US Forest Service to promote recreation based use and resource protection of the area's trails and abundant public lands.

  • Pinecrest Mountain Bike Association

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    The Pinecrest Mountain Bike Association, formed in August 2017, is a community based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting human powered transportation, physical fitness, economic development, and the appreciation and enjoyment of the natural environment that is unique to the Pinecrest area. Beyond this, the group strives to preserve and enhance sustainable trail opportunities for mountain bikers and other trail users in the greater Pinecrest area through education, communication, partnerships, and on ground support.

National Opportunities


  • Wilderness Volunteers is a nonprofit organization whose mission is stewardship of America's wild lands through organizing and promoting volunteer service in cooperation with public lands agencies.
  • Golden Trout Project - Trout Unlimited (TU), California Trout (CalTrout) and the Federation of Flyfishers (FFF) are assisting the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in a collaborative effort to protect and restore the California Golden Trout in the Inyo National Forest. Volunteer projects in California are listed on the website: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Explore/Volunteering
  • American Hiking Society - Join other volunteers as they experience the joy and camaraderie of working on a trail and conserving a legacy in America 's most remote wild places.
  • Volunteer.gov - Volunteer opportunities also exist at the national level with many federal agencies including National Parks, National Forests, USA Freedom Corps, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. For more information about these and other opportunities, please visit Volunteer.gov/s/ and get involved in America's Communities of Service.


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