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ODFW Volunteer Programs - Volunteer Host Program

WELCOME TO RV HOSTING FOR ODFW!

ODFW Volunteer hosts have been a valuable and committed resource for more than 29 years. As a Volunteer RV Host, you can help up to protect and manage our native fish and wildlife and their habitats. 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.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A VOLUNTEER HOST?

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

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DUTIES?

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

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

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.

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO BECOME AN RV HOST?

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a self-contained RV
  • Maintain insurance on RV, personal vehicles and property
  • Pass a fingerprint based criminal history check
  • Pass a driver's record check
  • Oregon Fish and Wildlife Violation check
  • Complete required trainings
  • Follow ODFW policies & procedures

WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR NEW AND RETURNING RV HOSTS?

  • Volunteer
    • Fill out RV Host Registration Form
      • Mark the Form to identify if you are a new or returning volunteer (Page 1, last question).
    • Fax or Mail necessary paperwork and schedule a fingerprint appointment (if needed)
    • Select Host site(s)
  • ODFW staff
    • Conduct phone interview
    • Confirm & schedule host assignment
    • Provide site specific training

VOLUNTEER HOST SITES

  • Blue = Hatchery
  • Red = Wildlife Area
  • Purple = Regional office


2024 HOST SITES WITH AVAILABILITY

Host Site Host needed from Host needed to
Bandon Hatchery 02/01/2024 05/31/2024
Big Creek Hatchery 02/01/2024 12/31/2024
Gnat Creek Hatchery Site 1 02/01/2024 06/30/2024
Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area Site 2 02/01/2024 12/31/2024
Klamath Wildlife Area Site 1 02/01/2024 12/31/2024
Klamath Wildlife Area Site 2 02/01/2024 12/31/2024
Salmon River Hatchery 02/01/2024 12/31/2024
Summer Lake Wildlife Area 02/01/2024 12/31/2024
Trask River Hatchery 02/10/2024 05/31/2024
Alsea Hatchery 03/01/2024 03/31/2024
North Nehalem Hatchery 03/01/2024 12/01/2024
NW Region Office (Clackamas) Site 2 03/01/2024 10/31/2024
Oak Springs Hatchery 03/01/2024 10/31/2024
Roaring River Hatchery 03/01/2024 04/30/2024
Willamette Hatchery Site 2 03/01/2024 07/31/2024
Bonneville Hatchery Site 1 04/01/2024 04/30/2024
Bonneville Hatchery Site 2 04/01/2024 05/31/2024
McKenzie Hatchery 04/01/2024 10/31/2024
Sauvie Island Wildlife Area East Site 2 04/01/2024 05/31/2024
Willamette Hatchery Site 1 04/01/2024 10/31/2024
Wizard Falls Hatchery 04/01/2024 10/31/2024
Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area Site 1 06/01/2024 12/31/2024
South Willamette District Office 06/01/2024 10/31/2024
Alsea Hatchery 07/01/2024 09/30/2024
Cedar Creek Hatchery 07/01/2024 09/30/2024
Sauvie Island Wildlife Area West 07/01/2024 12/31/2024
Bonneville Hatchery Site 1 08/01/2024 12/31/2024
Gnat Creek Hatchery Site 2 08/01/2024 10/31/2024
Oregon Hatchery Research Center 08/01/2024 12/31/2024
Trask River Hatchery 09/01/2024 12/31/2024
Bonneville Hatchery Site 2 10/01/2024 11/30/2024
Gnat Creek Hatchery Site 1 10/01/2024 12/31/2024
NW Region Office (Clackamas) Site 1 10/01/2024 12/31/2024
Bandon Hatchery 11/01/2024 12/31/2024

02/09/2024

VOLUNTEER WITH US!

Contacts

Host Volunteer Program Coordinator
Donna Schultz
SWWD Office - Corvallis
7118 NE Vandenberg Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330
(541) 757-5255
donna.l.schultz@odfw.oregon.gov

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