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ODFW Volunteer Programs - Region Wildlife Volunteer Programs

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Volunteers helping to assemble bird houses.
- Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife -

Wildlife volunteers assist staff with many activities:

  • Improving habitat on wildlife areas
  • Farming for wildlife on management areas
  • Landscaping office grounds with native plants
  • Gathering information at hunter check stations
  • Conducting deer spotlight surveys
  • Constructing kiosks, viewing platforms and shelters
  • Completing machine shop work
  • Performing ground and building maintenance
  • Conducting vehicle/equipment maintenance
  • Delivering presentations/classes
  • Leading tours
  • Taking photographs
  • Organizing files and maintaining records
  • Entering data on computers
  • Collecting field data
  • Monitoring wildlife populations
  • Transporting injured wildlife to rehabilitation facilities

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Projects take place at offices, wildlife management areas, hatcheries or other off-site locations.
  • Not all jobs take place outdoors - activities range from field work to office work.
  • Many projects are suitable for individual volunteers.
  • Other projects are best for organized groups such as hunting or fishing clubs, youth groups or conservation organizations.
  • Most activities take place Monday through Friday. There are fewer weekend opportunities.
  • Many individuals volunteer near their homes although some travel across the state to help on specific projects.
  • Programs and projects vary from region to region due to varying priorities, needs or geographical differences.

Apply to be a volunteer

Questions about ODFW’s Volunteer Program
contact Darlene Sprecher
Volunteer Program Coordinator
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
503-947-6413
Darlene.m.sprecher@state.or.us

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