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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

Big Creek Hatchery

06/01/2024

12/31/2024

Gnat Creek Hatchery Site 1

06/01/2024

06/30/2024

Klamath Wildlife Area Site 1

06/01/2024

12/31/2024

Klamath Wildlife Area Site 2

06/01/2024

12/31/2024

McKenzie Hatchery

06/01/2024

06/31/2024

North Nehalem Hatchery

06/01/2024

06/30/2024

Oak Springs Hatchery

06/01/2024

10/31/2024

Summer Lake Wildlife Area

06/01/2024

12/31/2024

Trask River Hatchery

06/01/2024

12/31/2024

Willamette Hatchery Site 2

06/01/2024

12/31/2024

Wizard Falls Hatchery

06/01/2024

10/31/2024

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area Site 2

06/01/2024

08/31/2024

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

Willamette Hatchery Site 1

07/01/2024

10/31/2024

Gnat Creek Hatchery Site 2

08/01/2024

10/31/2024

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area Site 1

09/01/2024

11/30/2024

North Nehalem Hatchery

09/01/2024

12/31/2024

North Nehalem Hatchery

09/01/2024

12/31/2024

NW Region Office (Clackamas) Site 2

09/01/2024

10/31/2024

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area East Site 2

09/01/2024

10/31/2024

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area Site 1

09/01/2024

11/30/2024

NW Region Office (Clackamas) Site 1

10/01/2024

12/31/2024

Bonneville Hatchery Site 1

10/01/2024

12/31/2024

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

Bonneville Hatchery Site 2

11/01/2024

11/30/2024

06/10/2024

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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