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ODFW Volunteer Programs - Volunteer Host Program


ODFW Volunteer hosts have been a valuable and committed resource for more than 29 years. In 2019, 141 volunteer hosts donated 41,969 hours (the equivalents of $1,489,900.00) incontributions for ODFW. Our departmentis one of Oregon’s largest agencies and touches the lives of nearly all Oregon citizens.As a host, you can help up to protect and manage our native fish and wildlife and their habitats. We are gladyou have decided to get involved.


  • Challenging assignments to match your skills and interest
  • Educational and rewarding experiences
  • Worker’s compensation
  • RV sites with hookups and other amenities

The department has 45 sites at fish hatcheries, wildlife areas and district offices throughout the state. Volunteers can choose to help protect and enhance fish and wildlife in unique locations along the coast, in the mountain ranges and valleys or on the high desert.


No two sites are the same and duties may vary for location and season. Here is a sampling of job opportunities:

  • Landscaping, gardening and grounds maintenance
  • Fish culture- spawning, feeding, releasing fish
  • Carpentry, painting and other maintenance projects
  • Clerical work – computer data entry, filing and phones
  • Farming to benefit wildlife, assisting at check stations
  • Public outreach – greeting visitors, leading tours
  • Placing nest boxes, banding ducks and geese
  • Assisting disabled anglers, helping with public events


Volunteer hosts donate an average of 20 hours per week and need to make a minimum commitment of 30 days at their chosen host site. The length of a host assignment can normally range from 30 – 180 days. Host schedules – including number of hours per day, days per week and length of stay – can vary based on need or preference. 


  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a self-contained RV
  • Maintain insurance on RV, personal vehicles and property
  • Pass criminal history and drivers check every 4 years
    • National criminal history check based on fingerprints
    • Oregon Fish and Wildlife Violation check
    • Oregon criminal background check
    • Driving records check
  • Take Required Preventing Discrimination & Harassment Training
  • Watch Defensive Driving Video Link
  • Read and follow ODFW policies & procedures


  • Fill out Registration Form
  • Complete & submit paperwork & trainings
  • Search for current opening
  • Complete & submit site application
  • Q & A with Host Coordinator
  • Phone Interview with Host Site Supervisor
  • Host Assignment scheduled
  • Arrival day
    • Site specific training

Note: Failure to complete any of the actions listed above in a timely manner before your scheduled host assignment may lead to the cancellation of that volunteer assignment. 

2020 Site availability at a glance (pdf)


Host Site Description Sites Open and Close:
Alsea Hatchery Nestled in the Coast Range. Duties include: public interaction, light maintenance 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Bandon Hatchery Near the coast 1 mile east of Bandon. Duties include: fish culture, hatchery tours, light construction, and yard work. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Big Creek Hatchery Located 17 miles east of Astoria. Duties include: Fish culture activities, grounds care, and construction projects. 5/01/2020 -10/31/2020
Bonneville Hatchery Located 40 miles east of Portland at Bonneville Dam. Duties include: Grounds maintenance, greet pulbic, and fish care. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Cascade Hatchery Located on beautiful Eagle Creek in the Columbia River Gorge. Duties include: Grounds maintenance, greet visitors, and assist with fish culture. 4/1/2020 - 10/31/2020
Cedar Creek Hatchery Located on the coast 22 miles north of Lincoln City. Duties include: landscaping, light maintenance, assist with fish culture, and give hatchry tours. 6/01/2020 - 9/30/2020
Cole Rivers Hatchery 25 miles north of Medford. Duties include: grounds/building maintenance, and fish culture. 4/01/2020 - 10/31/2020
Fall River Hatchery 25 miles south of Bend. Duties include: fish culture, light repairs, greet public, assist anglers. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Gnat Creek Hatchery Located in the forest near the Columbia River. Duties include: Greet visitors, trail maintenance, and providing hatchery tours. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Irrigon Hatchery 40 miles northwest of Pendleton. Duties include: grounds maintenance, light repair, fish culture, and carentry. 5/01/2020 - 9/30/2020
Klamath Hatchery North of Klamath Falls near Crater Lake. Duties include: fish culture, light maintenance and grounds work, and greet public. 4/01/2020 - 10/31/2020
Klaskanine Hatchery 12 miles east of Astoria. Duties include: fish care, grounds maintenance, and repair projects. 4/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Leaburg Hatchery In the Cascade Mountains east of Springfield. Greet public, give hatchery tours, light maintenamce and repairs. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
McKenzie River Hatchery In the Cascades on the banks of the scenic McKenzie River. Duties include: fish culture activities, grounds maintenance, may assist with spawning in the Fall. 4/01/2020 - 10/31/2020
Metolius Pond 15 miles west of Sisters. Duties include: assisting with fishing events, habitat restoration, and pond maintenance. 4/01/2020 - 10/31/2020
North Nehalem Hatchery 25 miles southeast of Seaside. Duties include: fish culture activities, assisting anglers, and facility maintenance. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Oak Springs Hatchery Located near Maupin. Duties include: grounds and equipment maintenance, fish culture activities. 3/01/2020 - 10/31/2020
OR Hatchery Research Center 37 miles west of Corvallis. Duties include: light maintenance, fish feeding, and public outreach. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Roaring River Hatchery 18 east of Albany. Duties include: fish culture, light maintaineance, and conducting hatchery tours. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Rock Creek Hatchery On the Umpqua River near Roseburg. Duties include: landscaping, fish culture, light maintenance, hatchery tours. 6/01/2020 - 10/31/2020
St. Louis Ponds Near the town of Gervais. Duties include: Mowing, greeting public, and assisting anglers. 3/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Salmon River Hatchery Near the coast 5 miles north of Lincoln City. Duties include: facility and grounds maintenance, carpentry and painting. 5/01/2020 - 11/30/2020
Trask River Hatchery Located near Tillamook. Duties include: Grounds maintenance, fish culture projects, greeting the public. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Wallowa Hatchery One mile west of Enterprise.  Duties include: fish culture activities, landscaping and small improvement projects 05/01/2020 - 07/31/2020
West Fork Millicoma Center 25 miles south of Coos Bay. Duuties include: assist with educational activities, conduct tours, and grounds maintenance. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Willamette Hatchery In the Cascades near Oakridge. Duties include: landscaping, museum operations, public tours, and fish culture projects. 3/01/2020 - 10/31/2020
Wizard Falls Hatchery 20 miles noth of Sisters. Duties include: fish culture, hatchery tours, interpretive displays, and light maintenance. 4/01/2020 - 10/31/2020
Bend Region Office Located in Bend. Duties include: landscaping, clerical, public education and outreach, assist fish and wildlife biologists. 5/01/2020 - 10/31/2020
 La Grande Region Office Located in La Grande. Duties include: building maintenance, equipment repair, assist biologists, and light clerical.  4/01/2020 - 9/30/2020
Clackamas Region Office Located in Clackamas near Portland. Duties may include:rounds and building maintenance, computer data entry, wildlife projects. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Corvallis  District Office 8 miles north of Corvallis. Duties include: grounds/building maintenance, clerical, help with outreach events, assist biologists. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Denman Wildlife Area Located in the Rogue Valley north of Medford. Duties include: landscaping, assist biologists in field activities, and greet public. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
EE Wilson Wildlife Area 10 miles north of Corvallis. Duties include: showbird care, assist with bird hunts, greet public, various farming projects. More about EE Wilson Wildlife Area 3/01/2020 - 10/31/2020
Jewel Meadows Wildlife Area Located in the northern Coast Range. Duties include: grounds care, habitat projects, and minor repairs. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Klamath Wildlife Area 6 miles south of Klamath Falls. Duties include: assisting biologists with field projects, light maintenance, farm work, and interpretive tours. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
Ladd March Wildlife Area 6 miles from La Grande. Duties include: assist with waterfowl projects, public outreach programs, grounds maintenance. 4/01/2020 - 9/30/2020
Sauvie Island Wildlife Area Located at the junction of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Duties include: yard work, greeting visitors and hunters, farming activities. 1/01/2020 - 12/01/2020
Summer Lake Wildlife Area 75 miles north of Lakeview, remote. Duties include: habitat improvement, greet public, wildlife field surveys. 1/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
White River Wildlife Area 45 miles south of The Dalles. Duties include: grounds maintenance, farm work, habitat projects, light construction. 1/01/2020 - 11/30/2020



Host Volunteer Program Coordinator
Donna Schultz
SWWD Office - Corvallis
7118 NE Vandenberg Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330
(541) 757-5255


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