Volunteers play a vital role for the Willamette National Forest. In recent years, hundreds of people have volunteered thousands of hours with the Forest. Besides the great benefits of helping your Willamette National Forest, you will: 

  • Gain a sense of self satisfaction and accomplishment in performing a much needed service.
  • Learn new skills, which you can share with others.
  • Make a positive contribution to the forest areas you have enjoyed using.
  • Meet new people and make new friends. 

As a volunteer, you choose an area of interest to you and we match your skills and interests with our needs. Training will be provided to you if your job requires it. You may work on a part time or full-time basis. You can participate in a one-time project or serve over several months, seasons or year-round. The commitment you make is up to you. Anyone can volunteer! If you are under the age of 18 you may still participate by working with your family, group, club, or responsible adult(s). Take a look at the opportunities available and then contact us. We'd really like to visit with you and find out exactly what you're interested in.

Click on the links below to learn more about the diverse volunteer opportunities available


High Cascades Forest Volunteers

A group of people volunteering for trail maintenance

This dedicated, hard-working group of volunteers works with the Willamette and Deschutes National Forests to coordinate a myriad of volunteer projects. Their focus is wilderness and trails, but they provide support and information about the full range of outdoor volunteering from winter sports to Adopt-a-Lake to service projects. They also put on the annual volunteer training weekend.

International Visiting Wildlife Biologist Volunteer

A group of people all holding nets for a bumblebee survey

Since 1992, we have hosted twenty-three biologists from Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Ireland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bhutan, and Austria between one and nineteen months. Visiting biologists are directly involved in district and forest wildlife program activities. 

This volunteer opportunity is open to all current and future wildlife biologists who reside outside the U.S., and who have some experience with ornithology and conservation education. One purpose of this program is to develop and strengthen professional and personal ties between foreign nationals, U.S. citizens, and institutions.