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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 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 PROCESS TO BECOME A NEW VOLUNTEER RV HOST?

  • New Volunteer

    ODFW staff

    • Conduct phone interview
    • Confirm & schedule host assignment
    • Provide site specific training

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR RETURNING RV HOSTS?

VOLUNTEER HOST SITES

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


2022 HOST SITES WITH AVAILABILITY

Host Site Host needed from Host needed to
NW Region Office (Clackamas) Site 2 11/1/2022 12/31/2022
Sauvie Island Wildlife Area East 11/1/2022 12/31/2022
Cedar Creek Hatchery 11/1/2022 11/30/2022
Sauvie Island Wildlife Area West 11/1/2022 12/31/2022
McKenzie Hatchery 11/1/2022 11/30/2022
Bonneville Hatchery Site 1 11/1/2022 12/31/2022
Summer Lake Wildlife Area 11/1/2022 12/31/2022

UPDATED: 10/21/2022

2023 HOST SITES WITH AVAILABILITY

Host Site Host needed from Host needed to

Bonneville Hatchery Site 1

01/01/2023

04/30/2023

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area Site 1

01/01/2023

12/31/2023

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area Site 2

01/01/2023

12/31/2023

Klamath Wildlife Area

01/01/2023

12/31/2023

North Nehalem Hatchery

01/01/2023

12/31/2023

Oregon Hatchery Research Center

01/01/2023

07/31/2023

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area West

01/01/2023

12/31/2023

Summer Lake Wildlife Area

01/01/2023

12/31/2023

Rock Creek Hatchery

03/01/2023

09/30/2023

Alsea Hatchery

03/01/2023

08/31/2023

McKenzie Hatchery

03/1/2023

10/31/2023

NW Region Office (Clackamas) Site 2

03/01/2023

10/31/2023

Oak Springs Hatchery

03/01/2023

10/31/2023

Roaring River Hatchery

03/01/2023

04/30/2023

South Willamette District Office, Site 2

03/01/2023

10/31/2023

Willamette Hatchery Site 2

03/01/2023

07/031/2023

Bonneville Hatchery Site 2

04/01/2023

11/31/2023

East Region Office, La Grande

04/01/2023

09/30/2023

Gnat Creek Hatchery Site 1

04/01/2023

04/30/2023

Metolius Pond

04/01/2023

10/31/2023

Sauvie Island Wildlife Area East 

04/01/2023

04/31/2023

Willamette Hatchery Site 1

04/01/2023

10/31/2023

Wizard Falls Hatchery

04/01/2023

06/30/2023

High Desert Region Office (Bend)

05/01/2023

10/31/2023

Cedar Creek Hatchery

06/01/2023

9/30/2023

Gnat Creek Hatchery Site 2

09/01/2023

10/31/2023

NW Region Office (Clackamas) Site 1

10/01/2023

12/31/2023

Bonneville Hatchery Site 1

11/01/2023

12/31/2022

Oregon Hatchery Research Center

11/01/2023

12/31/2023

Trask River Hatchery

12/01/2023

12/31/2023

11/28/2022

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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