"Caring for the Land and Serving People"

Those seven words sum up the Forest Service's Mission. It's a pretty big mission, and the truth is, we couldn't accomplish it without the help of our volunteers. If you're already a volunteer or partner, thanks for all that you've done!


A team of volunteers in orange Forest Service shirts smile with two WMNF employees at a trailhead.


The Perks of Volunteering

Volunteering on the White Mountain National Forest doesn't just benefit the Forest. We provide training, year-round opportunities, and the ability set your own schedule for stewardship. In addition, you can earn special passes:

  • A White Mountain National Forest Recreation Pass can be earned with just 16 hours of service.
  • An Interagency Volunteer Pass, good at public lands nation-wide, can be earned with 250 hrs of service. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Thinking about volunteering? Common volunteer positions are listed below. Find an opportunity or contact us to get started.


Trailhead Steward

A group of hikers huddle around a uniformed volunteer under a national forest awning.Interact with hikers at busy trailheads to promote safety and protection of public lands.

  • Provide safety, weather and Leave No Trace information to forest visitors at trailheads before they begin their trip.
  • Choose one of 5 busy trailheads to staff on weekends. Typical shift is 4-5 hrs., 2 shifts required.
  • Spring, summer, fall opportunity. Choose from a variety of shifts.

Find out More and Apply


Backcountry Steward

A man looks out over a vast opening of a wilderness notch.Hike White Mountain trails conveying important safety information to hikers and perform trail side clean up as needed.

  • Submit patrol reports documenting conditions and improvements needed.
  • Spring, summer and fall opportunity. Set your own schedule and volunteer with friends.

Find out More and Apply

Visitor Information

A woman in forest service uniform stands smiling at a desk.The WMNF operates visitor centers throughout the White Mountain Region. Staff one of our many visitor centers giving important information to visitors.

  • Year-round opportunity.
  • Contact your local office to get started.

Contact us for more information. 

Trail Adopter/Adopt-A-Trail

Two young men work on trails, one with a shovel the other with a pick ax.Perform trail building and maintenance on WMNF trails using hand tools.

  • Conduct basic maintenance such as digging waterbars, cutting brush, and clearing blow down on assigned trails, an average of 3-7 days a year.
  • Spring, summer, fall opportunity. Choose from a variety of shifts.

Contatct us for more information. 

Roving Caretaker

A forest service truck points forward. A group of forest visitors talk near its tailgate.Patrol and maintain recreation sites in a Forest Service vehicle. Serve as eyes and ears on the ground.

  • Conduct front-country patrols along district roads stopping at recreation facilities to maintain sites, provide information and report on conditions.
  • Year-round opportunity. Work with program manager to set your own schedule.

Find out More and Apply

Bear Volunteer

Love the outdoors? Love interacting with people? Love to volunteer? We have the opportunity for you. Help protect the White Mountain National Forest's black bear population by educating visitors about proper food storage when camping and hiking. Volunteers will

  • Periodically make walking patrols through our developed campgrounds
  • Sharing information one-on-one with visitors
  • Check on food storage at unoccupied campsite
sharing information one-on-one with visitors and

Follow the link to apply or to get more information

Woodworker/Fix It Shop

The WMNF constructs and maintains thousands of signs throughout the White Mountains.

  • Work in a high-end wood shop engaging in sign and other projects that will be proudly displayed on public land.
  • One 4-hour shift per week desired.
  • Year-round opportunity

Contact us for more information. 

Still Can't Find the Right Fit? 

More unique openings are available in 2020.

The White Mountain National Forest encourages you to share your passion and use your skills. Volunteer with wildlife programs, adopt an orchard, conduct bird surveys or pollinator studies. document historical sites on the forest. The possibilities are very open. If you have a special skill that you would like to share, please call!


Joining Our Volunteer Program

Ready to lend a hand to your public lands? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator and get started.

Sherman Hogue - White Mountain National Forest Public Affairs Officer and Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 603-536-6215
Email: sherman.hogue@usda.gov


  • Passport in Time Link opens in a new window
    Passport in Time (PIT) is a archaeology and historic preservation program of the Forest Service. PIT volunteers work with professional FS archaeologists and historians on national forests throughout the U.S. Visit the Passport in Time website for more information.

Key Contacts

Forest Volunteer Coordinator

Sherman Hogue
Phone: 603-536-6215
Email: sherman.hogue@usda.gov