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ODFW Volunteer Programs - Volunteer Host Program

March 2022

ODFW Volunteers,

We previously communicated that beginning October 18, 2021, all individuals who were interested in volunteering for ODFW must be able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or have an approved exception (based on criteria in Executive Order (EO) 21-29), prior to performing any volunteer services on behalf of ODFW when the event individuals are volunteering for is at an ODFW controlled or operated location AND where volunteers will be indoors for longer than 15 minutes cumulatively during the event ("close contact" as defined by the CDC).

The Governor announced on February 24, 2022, that Executive Order 21-29 will be lifted as of April 1, 2022.  As a result, beginning on April 1, 2022:
The state's vaccine requirement for volunteers will no longer be in effect.

Volunteers who had an exception to the vaccine requirement and were required to wear an N95 or KN95 mask will no longer be required to do so.

The Governor also announced on February 28, 2022, that Oregon is revising its indoor mask requirement due to declining case rates and hospitalizations. After March 11, the statewide mask requirement will be lifted and volunteers volunteering for ODFW in state facilities will no longer be required to wear a mask. In addition, social distancing requirements will no longer be in effect.

These announcements are a step toward moving from managing COVID-19 as an emergency and shifting to the next chapter of the pandemic. We strongly encourage all volunteers to take any necessary steps they deem appropriate to protect themselves, their family, and their community from COVID-19. 

Thank you once again to all volunteers who have stepped up throughout this pandemic. It has been two years full of change and challenges that ODFW has navigated as well as anyone could expect with the help of dedicated volunteers such as yourself. 

WELCOME TO RV HOSTING FOR ODFW!

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.

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

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 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 ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

  • 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

WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER HOST?

  • 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.

RV HOST SITES



Host Site                                   Host needed from Host needed to

Bonneville Hatchery Site 1

5/1/2022

6/30/2021

Bonneville Hatchery Site 2

5/1/2022

5/31/2022

Bonneville Hatchery Site 2

5/1/2022

5/31/2022

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area Site 1

5/1/2022

8/31/2022

McKenzie Hatchery

5/1/2022

5/15/2022

NW Region Office (Clackamas) Site 2

5/1/2022

10/31/2022

Oregon Hatchery Research Center

5/1/2022

10/31/2022

Trask River Hatchery

5/1/2022

6/30/2022

Willamette Hatchery Site 2

5/1/2022

7/31/2022

Gnat Creek Hatchery Site 2

5/1/2022

6/30/2022

High Desert Region Office (Bend)

5/1/2022

10/31/2022

Cedar Creek Hatchery

6/1/2022

9/30/2022

Klamath Wildlife Area

6/1/2022

9/30/2022

Rock Creek Hatchery

6/1/2022

10/31/2022

Willamette Hatchery Site 1

6/1/2022

10/31/2022

Gnat Creek Hatchery Site 1

7/1/2022

10/30/2022

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area Site 2

7/1/2022

12/31/2022

Bandon Hatchery

8/1/2022

10/31/2022

Cascade Hatchery

8/1/2022

10/31/2022

Gnat Creek Hatchery Site 2

9/1/2022

10/31/2022

North Nehalem Hatchery

9/1/2022

12/31/2022

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area West

9/1/2022

12/31/2022

Wizard Falls Hatchery

9/1/2022

10/31/2022

Bonneville Hatchery Site 1

10/1/2022

12/31/2022

NW Region Office (Clackamas) Site 1

10/1/2022

12/31/2022

Oak Springs Hatchery

10/1/2022

10/31/2022

Summer Lake Wildlife Area

10/1/2022

12/31/2022

Trask River Hatchery

10/1/2022

12/31/2022

Alsea Hatchery

11/1/2022

12/31/2022

Klaskanine Hatchery

11/1/2022

12/31/2022

UPDATED: 5/04/2022

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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