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ODFW Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a way to help protect and enhance Oregon’s Fish and Wildlife Resources – Volunteer

ODFW’s Volunteers donate more than 200,000 hours of service annually.  Their skills, devotion and willingness to help where needed provide enormous support to our agency.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunity Dates Description Contact
Fall Chinook Program at Salmon River Hatchery  Salmon River fall Chinook are used as the indicator stock to estimate the exploitation rate for all fall Chinook on the North Oregon coast. Hatchery fish are adipose clipped and coded wire tagged, and the recoveries of these fish in the commercial and sport fisheries in Alaska, BC, Washington and Oregon along with recoveries at the hatchery and on the spawning grounds are used to represent the harvest rate of Oregon’s coastal fall Chinook in these fisheries.   Data collected are used in Pacific Salmon Treaty negotiations that can have a significant effect on Oregon’s Chinook salmon populations.    Mid-September through Mid-November ODFW staff will supervise and train volunteers to assist with hatchery operations. Volunteers will learn how to 1) net, handle, and identify salmonid species, 2) wand and mark fish for research purposes, 3) process fish for food share programs and/or nutrient enrichment, and 4) assist with other hatchery operations as needed.  Much of the volunteer work is physically demanding, but there are plenty of opportunities for light duty work as well.   Christine Clapp 541-265-8306 xt 253 or
Looking to get your hands on some smallmouth or largemouth bass?  ODFW is looking for volunteers to help set & retrieve fyke nets in warm waterbodies throughout Oregon Happening now through October Oregon's Warmwater & Recreational Game Fish Management Program needs volunteers to help set & retrieve fyke nets.  Great opportunity to capture & handle a variety of species.   Duties include travel, loading & unloading gear, assist with launching of boat, travel & work on boat, handling, measuring, weighing & measuring fish and more.  See flyer for more details (pdf) Steve Emerson @ 541-757-5268  or
RV Volunteer Hosting
46 Sites statewide at
Fish Hatcheries
Wildlife Areas
Regional Offices
Some sites year round. Majority run Spring through late Fall. As an ODFW Volunteer Host you will live and work for a month or more on site.  Sample duties include:  landscaping, gardening, carpentry, farming, habitat improvement, raising & stocking fish, greeting visitors, leading tours and other outreach activities. 2017 Site Availability (pdf) | 2018 Site Availability (pdf) Donna Schultz at 541-757-5255 Volunteer Host Program

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