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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
Denman Wildlife Area 3-D Archery Shoot 3/30/2019 Help with moving targets, stands, supplies and other logistics Clayton Barber @ 541-826-8774 or
Whiskey Creek Fin Clipping Party 4/13/2019 Marking juvenile salmon by clipping adipose fin with scissors Jerry Dove @ 503-812-1572 or
Forest Camp Outdoor School-Fish Dissection 4/23/2019 Fish dissection Amelia Thornhill @ 541-737-1863 or
Guzzler April Guzzler Repair/Maintenance Kurt Cundiff @ 541-388-6149 or
Fern Ridge Wildlife Area Tuesday Crew Tuesdays 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

Angler Interviews on Diamond Lake

2/6/19, 2/10/19, 2/23/19, 3/30/19, 5/6, 5/11, 5/16, 5/19, 6/8, 6/14, 6/16, 6/29

Interview anglers on Diamond lake. Volunteers will stay at one site for 7 hours and interview anglers.  Volunteers would contact anglers as they are leaving the fishing grounds to ask pre-determined questions. Volunteers would fill out a data sheet using the acquired information from the anglers. Volunteers will also be measuring and inspecting fish.

Evan Leonetti @541-464-2175 or

Snout Collection & Angler Interviews

January through April

ODFW is asking volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks to help collect information from anglers as well as snouts from hatchery Winter Steelhead. This is accomplished by the volunteer selecting from a variety of locations in Douglas County. While interviewing anglers, the volunteer will spend at least 4 hours stationed at the location. Volunteers will collect data such as amount of time spent angling, number of fish caught, and biological information from fishing. In addition, and even more important, is the recovery of the hatchery Winter Steelhead snouts.

Why snouts you ask?  This activity is important in meeting the goals of ODFW and providing a better fishing opportunity for anglers. This is part of the larger Acclimation Timing Study in the South Umpqua. Some of the returning adult hatchery Winter Steelhead will have a small metal tag implanted in their snout that can inform ODFW how and when these fish were released. After analyzing the data collected during this study, ODFW’s goal will be to use this data to better inform Winter Steelhead management.

Evan Leonetti 541-464-2175 or

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. 2019 Site Availability (pdf) Donna Schultz at 541-757-5255 Volunteer Host Program















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