"Caring for the Land, Serving People" Those six words sum up the Forest Service's Mission.

Photo: Campground volunteers Patty and CharlieIt's a pretty big mission. The truth is, we couldn't even come close to accomplishing it without your help.

If you're already a volunteer or partner, thanks for all that you've done. We hope to work with you some more. If you've never volunteered, but you're interested in getting involved, please take a few minutes to explore this site!

Volunteers in the National Forests

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. 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/USDA. You may work on a part-time or full-time basis or you can participate in a one-time project.

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 can 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 outdoors.

Some typical volunteer activities include:

  • Maintaining and hosting campgrounds
  • Answering phones, greeting visitors, and answering mail at Forest Service visitor centers and ranger stations
  • Working with computers in Forest Service administrative offices
  • Taking photographs
  • Planting trees and seeding damaged areas
  • Presenting environmental education programs
  • Building and repairing fences, nesting boxes, picnic tables, and other structures
  • Building barrier-free campsites, docks,and trails
  • Restoring damaged stream banks and burnt-over areas.

If you are interested in volunteering, give us a call and we can talk about it.

For more information about volunteer opportunities with the Forest Service visit the national website at http://www.fs.fed.us/volunteer/