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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

Cow Creek Coho Broodstock Collection Near Azalea

10/15/2019 – 12/31/2019

The collection of adult coho is essential for the production of hatchery coho in the South Umpqua.  The South Umpqua Hatchery Coho Program is the only program producing hatchery coho in the Umpqua Basin.  This program produces about 1,500 hatchery coho to anglers every year. 

Volunteers will handle fish in the trap and will be outside of the trap moving fish between the trap and the tanks.  This all takes place outside and temperatures can range from below freezing to in the mid-60s.  Volunteers will need to be capable of lifting fish and nets up to 30 pounds.  Volunteers in the trap will be subject to splashing and will likely get wet.

Attendance at a Confined Space Training is required to be able to handle fish in the trap.  Training date is TBD.  Volunteers are asked to bring waders and cold wet weather gear.  Some of these events run more than 4 hours, it is recommended that you bring water & food. or 541-464-2175

Shotgun Skills Instructor


Volunteer will act as shooting coach to teach shotgun skills at ODFW Shotgun skills workshops. Must have passed an ODFW Certified Shotgun Skills Course to be eligible to become a Shotgun Skills Instructor. Volunteer to become a Shotgun Skills Instructor or Darlene Sprecher @ 503-947-6413

Siletz Falls Adult Fish Trap

Year Round

Work with ODFW staff to monitor steelhead and Chinook populations, evaluate hatchery programs, collect broodstock and pass wild summer steelhead and spring Chinook above the falls.  Dates vary throughout the year, but generally run the trap M/W/F Volunteers will need to pass a State Fish and Wildlife Violation Check as well as attend a Confined Space Training.  Volunteer for the Siletz Falls Fish Trap or Darlene Sprecher @ 503-947-6413

Angler Education Instructor


Share your passion for fishing by promoting sport fishing and the enhancement, conservation and stewardship of Oregon’s aquatic resources. Volunteer to become an ODFW Angler Education Instructor or Darlene Sprecher @ 503-947-6413

Outdoor Skills Instructor


Introduce youth and their families to outdoor activities and skills such as pheasant hunting, small game clinic, duck hunting, crabbing, clamming and many more activities to get you outside. Volunteer to teach ODFW Outdoor Skills or Darlene Sprecher @ 503-947-6413

Hunter Education Instructor


Hunter Education Instructors play an important role in the development of responsible, ethical and safe hunters.  Volunteer to teach Hunter Education. or Darlene Sprecher @ 503-947-6413

Archery Instructor


Archery teaches confidence and helps youth connect to each other and the outdoors.  ODFW will teach you the skills necessary to teach beginning archery to all ages and abilities.  Volunteer to teach archery skills. or Darlene Sprecher @ 503-947-6413

RV Host

 2019 Site Availability

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.  Volunteer to become an RV Host or Darlene Sprecher @ 503-947-6413

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area Tuesday Crew


Variety of tasks associated with The Volunteer Tuesday Crew meets at the wildlife area every Tuesday. The crew assists with a variety of tasks associated with wildlife area operation and maintenance.  

Kevin Roth @ 541-985-2591 or

Host Site at White River WA

July - December 2019

45 Miles South of The Dalles. Host duties include building and landscape maintenance, farming activities. Carpentry, mechanical and concrete sills a plus. Mount hood can be seen from your RV window.


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