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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
Hatchery Operations – Fall Chinook Program October 1, 2019 thru November 30, 2019 The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking volunteers to assist with the Fall Chinook Program at Salmon River Hatchery. The hatchery releases 200,000 adipose-marked and coded wire tagged fall Chinook smolts each year to support a popular in-river recreational fishery, supplement ocean fisheries, and manage Pacific Salmon treaty goals. You will trained by ODFW staff to assist with hatchery operations including; net, handle and identify salmonid species, process fish for food share programs and/or nutrient enrichment, wand and process fish for research purposes and assist with other hatchery operations as needed. Much of this work is physically demanding, but there are plenty of opportunities for light duty work as well.Volunteer to help out at the Salmon River Hatchery Fall Chinook Program or Darlene Sprecher @ 503-947-6413

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

High Lake Fish Stocking (backpack) upper Umpqua


ODFW is asking volunteers to assist with the stocking of some lake in the upper Umpqua Basin. The volunteer role is to transport fish in a backpack on a trail to a high lake. Volunteers will need to bring their own pack capable of carrying up 25 pounds. Smaller loads can be made to accommodate those not able to carry 25 lbs. Upon arrival, volunteers will take temperature of the water and conduct a short survey for amphibians. Volunteers are also being asked to provide their own transportation to the trailhead. 

Grab your family, friends or co-workers and make a day of it.  This project is a great opportunity to work with fish and maintain a fishery in the high lakes of the Umpqua.  If you plan on bringing a guest make sure and notify me beforehand, especially if the guests will be actively participating. 
Depending on the high lake you will be stocking this could be a couple hours or an all-day project.

This activity is important in meeting the goals of ODFW. Backpacking is one of the best ways to stock these lakes and it provides for a higher survival and better monitoring of the stocking. Success of this project leads to a healthy population of trout in some remote lakes, which in turn provides a unique opportunity for anglers.

Evan Leonetti at 541-464-2175 or

Winter Steelhead Rearing Near Winston

Now through September 30, 2019

ODFW is seeking volunteers to assist with the rearing of winter steelhead at the Barrett Creek site, near Winston, Oregon. 
This is a great opportunity to work with fish and help the South Umpqua Hatchery produce winter steelhead for anglers. Project starts now and runs until the end of September.

Responsibilities include feeding the fish according to the feeding schedule, recording pertinent information, cleaning the fish holding troughs and inspecting the site. Some lucky volunteers will be asked to be “responders” to the on-site alarm system at any hour. Volunteers will need to able to follow protocols to ensure good fish health.

The goal of this project is to hold fish in cold water to avoid the issues in other areas and directly contributes to the South Umpqua Hatchery Winter Steelhead Program and its release goals. This is great opportunity to get involved with fish management at the hatchery level.

The Barrett Creek site is located on private property and volunteers will need to be good guests and communicate well with their supervisor to ensure the project is a success.

Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the site. The site is located up a steep hill and volunteers will need a high clearance vehicle.

We are looking for people that can commit to for at least three consecutive days; ideally, everyone would be able to commit to one 7-day week. The project will take place from the end of May through the month of September. A typical day includes the drive to the site and about an hour to two hours’ worth of work.

Evan Leonetti at 541-464-2175 or

Aquatic & Angling Instructor


Share your passion for fishing by promoting sport fishing and the enhancement, conservation and stewardship of Oregon’s aquatic resources. Volunteer to became an ODFW Aquatic and 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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