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ODFW Volunteers,

We wanted to share a brief update on Executive Order 21-29 and vaccine requirements for volunteers. 

We are continuing to work with the State Department of Administrative Services to finalize details on the requirements for volunteers and the process for submitting documentation.  We will follow up with additional information as soon as we are able.  In the meantime, please hold off with sending us any documentation information, including vaccine cards or exception requests, until we have the process in place.

Thank you for working with us as we implement this new requirement.

ODFW Volunteers,

Recently, Executive Order 21-29 was signed requiring all state employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than October 18, 2021. The State Department of Administrative Services provided additional guidance that the Executive Order also applies to volunteers and contractors with state agencies.

We wanted to make you aware of this change as soon as possible as it affects you as volunteer. Starting October 18, 2021, individuals interested in volunteering for ODFW must be able to show proof that they are fully vaccinated prior to performing any volunteer service. We are reaching out now as you will need to start the vaccination process soon if you want to continue your service uninterrupted past October 18. Depending on which vaccine you receive, you may need to get your first dose no later than September 6 (Moderna), September 13 (Pfizer) or October 4 (Johnson and Johnson) in order to meet the October 18 date. If you are unable to complete this by October 18, your volunteer status with ODFW will be on hold until you are fully vaccinated.

This is a new requirement for ODFW, and other state agencies, and we are still working out the details of this process. We will be following up soon with additional information on how to provide proof of vaccination, or how to request an exception based on criteria in the Executive Order. Please feel free to reach out to the ODFW Volunteer Program, or to the coordinator for your specific volunteer program.

Thank you for volunteering for ODFW and working with us in implementing this new requirement.

Oregon is home to over 650 different species of fish and wildlife. These species continue to thrive because of the work of volunteers. Volunteers are vital to ensuring that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fulfills its mission of protecting and enhancing Oregon’s fish, wildlife, and their habitats for present and future generations. ODFW offers a variety of volunteer assignments including restoring habitat, assisting biologists with surveys, teaching fishing, archery and hunting skills, RV host at wildlife area or hatchery and participating on a task force or board.

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ODFW Volunteers:

  • Bring enthusiasm, energy, and ideas to ODFW
  • Donate thousands of hours of time
  • Increase the quality of ODFW projects and services
  • Advocate for ODFW and for Oregon's resources
  • Support programs that protect fish and wildlife
  • Actively participate in resource management activities
  • Bring expertise and skills to ODFW

Volunteer and get a chance to:

  • Interact with new people
  • Give back to the fish, wildlife and habitat you care about and enjoy
  • Work with ODFW staff
  • Put professional skills and expertise to good use
  • Gain new skills and experience
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loading up for backpack fish stocking
Monitoring wood duck boxes
Loading up for backpack fish stocking

Volunteer Program Opportunities

releasing pheasant

Region Wildlife Volunteer Programs

Assist with wildlife surveys, habitat improvement, nest box building and monitoring, public education, carpentry, computer and clerical work.

volunteer netting salmon

Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP)

Complete stream habitat restoration work, conduct surveys, help with education projects, or hatch and rear salmon and trout eggs.

RV at EE Wilson site

Volunteer Host Program (RV Required)

Join other RV owners from across the nation who live and work for a month or more at one of our hatcheries, wildlife areas or offices.

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Angler Education Program

Become a certified volunteer instructor and teach basic fishing skills, aquatic conservation and stewardship, ethical conduct and water safety.

hunting pair

Hunter Education Program

Continue to make hunting a safe and enjoyable pastime in Oregon by teaching safe and responsible hunting techniques and skills to others.

women with turkeysOutdoor Skills Education Program

Outdoor Skills Workshops include: Family Workshops, Becoming an Outdoor-Woman Workshops (BOW), and Adult Workshops

Volunteers assist at workshops designed to teach introductory hunting and shooting skills, fishing and other outdoor activities to families, women and adults.

Thank you volunteers!

Volunteers annually donate more than 200,000 hours of service.
Their skills, devotion, and willingness to help where needed, provide enormous support to our agency.
Each year, ODFW tracks the number of volunteers and their hours.
Download the Volunteer Program Annual Report 2020 (pdf) for more details.


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