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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
Work Party @ Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area March 10th  9:00 a.m to Noon

After winter has thrown all the rain, wind, snow, sleet and ice at the wildlife area it needs some sprucing up in spring to be in top shape for wildlife. Some might say its trivial work picking up sticks, trimming encroaching trees, and knocking back the intruding brush; but to the wildlife enthusiast creating a better living space for your favorite animals and their friends is its own reward. We are looking for volunteers to help create a better space for our elk to be in this spring. Duties to include: Assisting Wildlife Area staff with transferring woody debris from the fields to the forested areas and using hand tools for brush removal. Must be able to walk along field edges and be mobile over uneven terrain. Gather your friends, family & co- workers and let’s have some fun Spring Cleaning at the Wildlife Area.

Darlene Sprecher 503-947-6413 or
Volunteer Host @ Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area
(RV Required)
February & March 2018 Hosts will greet visitors and give tours of the area. They will also assist with yard and grounds care, public restroom maintenance, habitat projects and minor repairs when needed. Need to be friendly and have the ability to communicate with visitors of all ages.  Donna Schultz @ 541-757-5255 or
Interview Winter Steelhead Anglers
If you have a flexible schedule, love to fish and chat with other anglers, ODFW has a volunteer opportunity for you.

January - April, 2018

We need volunteers to informally interview winter steelhead anglers on the North & South Umpqua rivers.  Volunteers can work a very flexible schedule and will be stationed at boat rams in Canyonville and between Glide and Winchester.  This citizen science project collects information on the winter steelhead fisher including number of fish harvested, whether they are wild or hatchery, and fishing effort.  Information will help ODFW prepare for a new tagging and recovery monitoring project in 2019, and also helps inform management of the fishery.  Volunteers must provide their own transportation and may be working alone or with a partner.  The project funs the length of the winter steelhead season, ending about mid-April.  Must be over 18 Evan Leonetti @ 541-464-2175
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. 2018 Site Availability (pdf) Donna Schultz at 541-757-5255 Volunteer Host Program
Oregon’s Bats at Tree School 2018  Join OSU & ODFW at Tree School in March 2018.  Prepare & put kits together and help class attendess construct their bat boxes. March 2018 ODFW’s Conservation Biologist, Susan Barnes is looking for 2-3 volunteers to help prepare materials for bat boxes (securing materials, cutting pieces, pre-drilling holes, paint wood, and secure wire mesh) then help class attendees construct bat boxes on March 24, 2018. For more information on Tree School 2018 Susan Barnes  971-673-6010

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