Volunteer Program

Do you want to do something to benefit wildlife?

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 Photo - A volunteer assists with a stream assessment (USFWS).
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 Chelsea McKinney at 503-231-2231.) 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 worked on:

  • assisting with surveys and collecting information

  • helping to initiate Conservation Agreements

  • assisting in laboratory research

  • assisting with eagle nest surveying and mapping nest sites using MapInfo

PLEASE JOIN US!Photo - A volunteer helps with a student research project (USFWS).
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 website.

* 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.