USDA Forest Service

Volunteer with the U.S. Forest Service

Posted: May 11, 2022

photo credit: Prescott National Forest

Be a campground host. This campground is located in the ponderosa pine forest about 0.5 mile directly south of Lynx Lake in Prescott National Forest.

Why volunteer?

For more than 100 years, the Forest Service has brought people and communities together to answer the call of conservation. Through campground hosting, trail maintenance, visitor services, research and more, volunteers make significant contributions to the legacy of conservation for future generations.

Who can volunteer?

Volunteers are individuals and groups with varying levels of skills and abilities. They work outdoors, help scientists conduct research or work with people at our many visitor's centers. There's something for everyone.

Volunteering provides great opportunities to:

  • Help improve forests and grasslands
  • Learn more about natural and cultural resources
  • Meet new people and form valuable connections
  • Get involved as a citizen steward

How to volunteer?

  • Contact your local forest or grassland, or Forest Service Regional Liaison
  • Search for partner organizations who work on forests or grasslands
  • Find all the latest information at
  • Create a profile and search for opportunities on public lands at

Volunteers are reimbursed for approved, out-of-pocket expenses but do not receive a salary or hourly wage. Volunteers must be signed up through an official Volunteer Service Agreement (OF-301a), or work through a Forest Service partner organization.

Application Process

Discover current volunteer opportunities here. Enter forest service or USFS in the keyword search box. You can also view other federal partner volunteer opportunities on this site.

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