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ODFW Volunteer Programs Background

To help protect the safety and welfare of the public, ODFW staff, and other volunteers, all volunteers will be subject to a screening process prior to beginning volunteer service. The screening process can include the following:

  • Online registration.
  • Reference checks.
  • Oregon Driver's Records check (if applicable).
  • One or more of the three processes to check the criminal history of a volunteer:
    • Oregon State Criminal History check.
    • Oregon State Fish & Wildlife Violation check.
    • National Background Check based on fingerprints.

National Background checks based on fingerprints, Oregon State Criminal History check and Oregon Fish & Wildlife violation checks are required for people volunteering in roles that include:

  • The use and handling of firearms and/or munitions.
  • Residing on ODFW property or property managed by ODFW
  • Interaction with unaccompanied minors or populations designated as vulnerable
  • Representing ODFW in an official capacity or leadership role

    Examples include but are not limited to the following:

    • Hunter Education Instructor.
    • Waterfowl Hunting Mentor.
    • Bowhunter Education Instructor.
    • National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Instructor.
    • RV Host.

Oregon State Fish & Wildlife Violation checks are required for people volunteering in roles that include:

  • Handling native or sensitive species.
  • Access to sensitive information.

Examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Spotlight surveys.
  • Data collection projects on native or endangered species.
  • Anti-poaching campaign specialist.

Oregon Driver's Record check is required for people volunteering in roles that include:

  • Driving a state vehicle.
  • Hauling an ODFW boat or trailer with a personal vehicle.

 

More information about ODFW's use of Driving Record and Criminal History Checks
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