Volunteering on the Tahoe

photograph of trail volunteers April 2006[Photo: Trail Volunteers April 2006]  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 diversity of projects and positions available offers each person a chance to participate in an activity that meets their individual or group interests.

Why Volunteer?

Earn credit towards college with volunteer internships Develop or diversify your job experience and career choices Meet people and form new friendships Self-satisfaction in providing community service.

What Projects?photograph of a volunteer working at a computer.

[Photo: Volunteer working on a computer] Projects can range from a single day project to a long term undertaking lasting for several months. What captures your interest? 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.

How Does This Work?

photograph of a woman building trail tread at Bullard's Bar reservoir, April 2006[Photo: Volunteer working on trails]  Projects and positions will be posted on this web site as coordinators develop them. Review through the choices and either call or email the listed contact to express your interest. Since this page is in the beginning stages of development there are many more opportunities available than is on the site. You can call individual Ranger Districts or the Forest Supervisor's Office directly or email the forest through the electronic form on the Contact Us pages. Your information will be passed on to the appropriate project coordinator.


Volunteer service in the Forest Service was formalized in the Volunteers in the National Forest Act of 1972. This act allowed the Forest Service to legally accept the services of volunteers as individuals or groups. Volunteers are not considered federal employees except for purposes of tort claims and work related injuries. While they receive no pay, expenses for such things as transportation, subsistence and uniforms may be negotiated on a case by case basis.

Volunteering in the National Forest can offer valuable experience and life long memories. Give it a try!


Volunteering: Adopt A Trail

Have you ever thought about adopting a trail?  Find out who has and how you, too, can adopt a trail.

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Campground Hosting

The Tahoe National Forest is seeking qualified volunteers to serve as campground hosts from May - September. Duties include: meeting and greeting campers, light maintenance of campground facilities, answering visitor questions, and posting reservations. Selectees will receive a campsite with varying amenities that include water, a picnic table, and a fire ring, as well as a reimbursement of $200 per week to offset expenses. Email: tahoe_nf_campground_host@fs.fed.us to obtain additional information.

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