The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Volunteer
program provides an opportunity
for citizens who want to work with us in carrying out our mission of conserving
natural resources. As a volunteer, you will have the rewarding experience of
doing something that will make a positive difference for the future.
Who can volunteer?
There are no criteria nor special knowledge required to volunteer.
Volunteers may be individuals, groups, or members of an organization
or institution. Fish and Wildlife Service employees and their
family members may also volunteer. There is no age limit or
requirement, though we do require volunteers under the age
of 18 to have parental permission to volunteer.
How do I become a volunteer?
If you want to become a volunteer, you may contact the Regional
Volunteer Coordinator who will help you find a U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Office in your area in need of volunteer assistance.
(For the Pacific Region, you may call 503-231-2161.) Once a volunteer
position is located, you will complete a Volunteer Agreement
form which states your name and general information, the location
you will be working at, if expenses will be allowed*, and the
signature of both you and your USFWS Volunteer Supervisor. That's
all there is to it!
What would I work on?
Each office has specific projects needing Volunteer assistance.
Here are some examples of projects our office volunteers have
preparing Species Fact Sheets for use in local schools
helping to initiate Conservation Agreements
assisting in laboratory research
assisting with eagle nest surveying and mapping nest sites
PLEASE JOIN US! Volunteers are an important part of the Fish
and Wildlife Service's ability to accomplish its mission. Each
year our office celebrates the accomplishments of its volunteers
with a Volunteer Recognition Day in acknowledgement of each volunteer's
contribution to Oregon's fish and wildlife.
For more information on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's
Volunteer Program, please visit our national
* Compensation for travel/transportation, lodging
and incidental expenses may be allowed and is decided on a case-by-case
basis by the Service Volunteers' supervisor. Reimbursement is
made only by direct deposit to an authorized bank account.